The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) is currently putting finishing touches to preparations to host the forthcoming Africa and Middle East regional meeting of International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA).
NATCA’s President, Mr Victor Eyaru, had earlier in the year said Nigeria emerged the host after defeating Algeria, which equally indicated interest to host the annual conference. Eyaru said the conference would be held in Abuja from November 5-9, 2018
“We are bringing IFATCA to Nigeria. This will be the second time the country would be hosting the conference, having hosted it in 2001. We want to take the Nigerian aviation industry to the next level with the conference, and we hope that would be achieved,” the NATCA president said.
He explained that no fewer than 200 delegates were expected from Africa, Middle East and other continents around the world.
Eyaru said NATCA was partnering with Dana Air and Air Peace for the airlifting of the delegates to Abuja, while the telecommunication companies would collaborate with the association in distributing SIM cards to the delegates.
He said that agencies like the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria were also co-sponsors of the conference.
Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association with the acronym (NATCA), and is registered under the Company and Allied Matters act 1990 with a common seal, having the status of a non-Governmental Organization (Professional).
Membership is drawn from Professional Traffic Controllers who possess relevant Air Traffic Controllers Licenses and Ratings. This comprises those engaged in Professional, Administrative, Regulatory and Human Resource Development duties.
The Major employers of Air Traffic Controllers are the Government Agencies namely, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), and Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT). There are also some corporate and Associate Members engage in the Airline and Aviation Support Services. There are a total of Three Hundred and Fifty Professional Members and over Fifty Associate Members.
The Association’s day to day activities are conducted by a body of elected National Executive Members, headed by a President. The Association is affiliated to the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA).
Currently led by Mr. Victor Eyaru as National President; Mr, Hyelni Haruna Bassi as National Deputy President; Mr. Olawode, Joseph Adebanji as General Secretary amongst others.