NAMA boosts safety management 

Capt. Fola Akinkuotu

In keeping with its determination to build staff capacity for effective service delivery, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); has organised two separate training workshops in Lagos for some of its critical personnel in Safety Management.

Facilitated by Aviation Academy for Southern Africa (AAFSA), the trainings include a three-day workshop on Safety Management Systems (SMS) and a five-day training, which focused on the Impact of Human Factor in Air Traffic Management Safety.

While the former was for members of NAMA Safety Action Group (SAG) and selected Air Traffic Controllers in the agency, according to their Safety Management Systems (SMS) related functions on the field, the latter was targeted strictly at Air Traffic Controllers selected from strategic airports across the country.

The Safety Management Systems’ training is designed to impact basic SMS knowledge to participants and enable them understand the basic concepts, principles, theories, procedures and processes of Safety Management Systems in aviation.

The training primarily focused on the provisions of the State Safety Programme (SSP) and the SMS Manuals including their interrelationships. The Human Factor workshop on the other hand dwelled extensively on the crucial role of human factor in hazard identification, safety risk management and critical decision making in the process of air traffic management.

Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, noted that the aggressive training initiative was informed by the need to constantly train, and retrain the human person because “only by doing so can we be at par with technology which is also being constantly updated by the passage of each day.”

Akinkuotu expressed satisfaction with the quality of instruction on offer, just as he challenged the participants to see themselves as safety champions of NAMA. He urged them to be ready to impart the knowledge to others to have it trickle down the agency with the ultimate aim of making processes and procedures more compliant with the International Civil Aviation Standard and Recommended Practices (ICAO SARPs).

He added that the concept of safety must be understood and imbibed by everybody in the system such that safety issues could be promptly reported by subordinates without fear of reprimand.

Chief Instructor at the workshop, Raymond Wittstock, said the urgency and responsibility of Safety Management Systems including the seriousness of safety at the airport is what trainings such as this set out to emphasize and reinforce.

Wittstock stressed that the time has come for aviation authorities to ensure the buy-in of all workers in safety management at the airports.

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