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  •  Prof Job Nmadu professor of Econometrics on Thursday blamed the rising cost of food items on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nmadu Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology Federal University of Technology Minna said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja The Dean also blamed the strike for the collapse of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs He called for an amicable resolution of the impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU to enable students and lecturers go back to school One factor contributing to increased prices of food items in Nigeria today is the ASUU strike People might think it is just students and lecturers that are suffering it but it is affecting everyone particularly communities around our schools that make a living from them These businesses have shut down for the past six months that ASUU embarked on strike and it is not funny at all Unfortunately some of these businesses might never pick up again contributing to more collapse of SMEs which is not good for national development he said Nmadu said high cost of production and forces of demand and supply also contributed to the rising cost of food items and business collapse A lot of small scale businesses have closed down because of high cost of production about a month ago we were told that over 40 bakeries closed down in the FCT because of rising cost That means that if we are looking at supply of bread alone there has been reduction in supply and prices will go up because people will scramble for the few supply he said The don further blamed the current exchange rate which he described as a disturbing trend on Nigeria industries depended on raw materials from other countries Nmadu also President Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists NAAE said government needed to be particular on the country s economic indices Fiscal and Monetary policies among others It is a complex situation but we must start from somewhere to salvage our small scale industries which contribute greatly to Gross Domestic Product growth So we have to ensure that prices do not rise and we have to tackle other factors like insecurity which has prevented many farmers from going to farm he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don blames high cost of food prices, SMEs collapse on ASUU strike
     Prof Job Nmadu professor of Econometrics on Thursday blamed the rising cost of food items on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nmadu Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology Federal University of Technology Minna said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja The Dean also blamed the strike for the collapse of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs He called for an amicable resolution of the impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU to enable students and lecturers go back to school One factor contributing to increased prices of food items in Nigeria today is the ASUU strike People might think it is just students and lecturers that are suffering it but it is affecting everyone particularly communities around our schools that make a living from them These businesses have shut down for the past six months that ASUU embarked on strike and it is not funny at all Unfortunately some of these businesses might never pick up again contributing to more collapse of SMEs which is not good for national development he said Nmadu said high cost of production and forces of demand and supply also contributed to the rising cost of food items and business collapse A lot of small scale businesses have closed down because of high cost of production about a month ago we were told that over 40 bakeries closed down in the FCT because of rising cost That means that if we are looking at supply of bread alone there has been reduction in supply and prices will go up because people will scramble for the few supply he said The don further blamed the current exchange rate which he described as a disturbing trend on Nigeria industries depended on raw materials from other countries Nmadu also President Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists NAAE said government needed to be particular on the country s economic indices Fiscal and Monetary policies among others It is a complex situation but we must start from somewhere to salvage our small scale industries which contribute greatly to Gross Domestic Product growth So we have to ensure that prices do not rise and we have to tackle other factors like insecurity which has prevented many farmers from going to farm he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don blames high cost of food prices, SMEs collapse on ASUU strike
    Economy2 months ago

    Don blames high cost of food prices, SMEs collapse on ASUU strike

    Prof. Job Nmadu, professor of Econometrics, on Thursday blamed the rising cost of food items, on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    Nmadu, Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    The Dean also blamed the strike for the collapse of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

    He called for an amicable resolution of the impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU to enable students and lecturers go back to school.

    “One factor contributing to increased prices of food items in Nigeria today is the ASUU strike.

    “People might think it is just students and lecturers that are suffering it but it is affecting everyone particularly communities around our schools that make a living from them.

    “These businesses have shut down for the past six months that ASUU embarked on strike and it is not funny at all.

    “Unfortunately, some of these businesses might never pick up again, contributing to more collapse of SMEs, which is not good for national development,” he said.

    Nmadu said high cost of production and forces of demand and supply also contributed to the rising cost of food items and business collapse.

    “A lot of small scale businesses have closed down because of high cost of production, about a month ago, we were told that over 40 bakeries closed down in the FCT because of rising cost.

    “That means that if we are looking at supply of bread alone, there has been reduction in supply and prices will go up because people will scramble for the few supply,” he said.

    The don further blamed the current exchange rate which he described as a disturbing trend, on Nigeria industries depended on raw materials from other countries.

    Nmadu also President, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAAE), said government needed to be particular on the country’s economic indices, Fiscal and Monetary policies among others.

    “It is a complex situation but we must start from somewhere to salvage our small scale industries, which contribute greatly to Gross Domestic Product growth.

    “So, we have to ensure that prices do not rise and we have to tackle other factors like insecurity, which has prevented many farmers from going to farm,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Experts from within and outside Nigeria have called for agricultural research into stemming the problem of starvation increased poverty and other challenges likely to be posed when COVID 19 pandemic ended Prof Job Nmadu President of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists NAAE Prof Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun and others made this call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Nmadu said the decisions were reached at an online forum organised by the NAAE in collaboration with Michigan State University He said the forum had the theme Nigerian Agricultural Policy Research Themes and Focus Post COVID 19 The President NAAE noted that the place of research in the face of the pandemic could not be overemphasised He said the pandemic had added to the plethora of challenges faced in Nigeria particularly in the agricultural sector and a research into the way forward was necessary According to him research is critical to ensuring rising productivity reduction in income fluctuations and reduction in poverty among other things Suddenly everything is changing globally The way we live and work our social and community relations The advent of COVID 19 took everybody unawares The numbers are still counting in Nigeria and we do not have any idea how and when all these will end We in the developing world especially in sub Sahara Africa are still grappling with the impacts of climate change economic crisis of over a decade ago We are also grappling with unstable political systems rising poverty and unemployment high levels of food insecurity Now it is COVID 19 with its attendant impacts and a new lexicon and health insecurity he said According to him the major task before all is how to ensure that the food systems and supply chains are adequate to feed the rising population expected to rise from 198 753 871 in 2019 to 255 774 848 in 2030 The don noted that how research culture toward policy reforms and interventions would be shaped post COVID 19 was paramount Another speakers at the forum Prof Saweda Liverpool Tasie from Michigan State University called for collaboration among agricultural experts for lasting solution According to Liverpool Tasie research is very critical It should provide clear thinking and direction Unfortunately many decisions are based on perceptions and feelings rather than facts and it is a big challenge that plagues many countries especially in agriculture On distribution of palliatives to cushion the effect of the pandemic Liverpool Tasie expressed concern over implementation of different policies saying to what extent does research play a role COVID 19 has given us an opportunity to move from business as usual It has demonstrated the extent of globalisation and the fact that global recession is looming he said Also speaking Prof Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun laid emphasis on collaboration for result oriented agricultural research He said the effect of the pandemic on food security was so huge that more efforts should be geared toward research According to him the pandemic has disrupted supply chains and logistics and labour flow has also been affected Shittu lamented that the pandemic came at a time when Nigerian farmers were expected to be on the farm for pre planting preparations affecting the whole planting process Not being able to work within farming season will affect everything and lead to future supply shortages hunger malnutrition and starvation Unfortunately external trade is affected by the development and trade will remain sluggish for a long time meaning we have to increase our effort to produce locally Shittu was quoted as saying The don further said the development had now forced Nigerians to go for smaller ration at more expensive rate Pregnant women and nursing mothers are greatly affected because of lack of proper nutrition for their children to grow optimally There will also be need to conduct research on growth of children born during this pandemic he said Shittu however harped on the need to pay more attention to value addition as well as creative ways to make farming attractive to young Nigerians and those with erroneous perception about farming He said investments in food preservation and value addition needed to be taken seriously Shittu added that there was need for value addition for tomatoes vegetables fish and other perishable food items He also stressed the need for every household in urban areas to grow one food item or the other Edited By Chioma Ugboma Felix Ajide NAN
    Agricultural experts harp on research to avert starvation, poverty, after COVID-19
     Experts from within and outside Nigeria have called for agricultural research into stemming the problem of starvation increased poverty and other challenges likely to be posed when COVID 19 pandemic ended Prof Job Nmadu President of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists NAAE Prof Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun and others made this call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Nmadu said the decisions were reached at an online forum organised by the NAAE in collaboration with Michigan State University He said the forum had the theme Nigerian Agricultural Policy Research Themes and Focus Post COVID 19 The President NAAE noted that the place of research in the face of the pandemic could not be overemphasised He said the pandemic had added to the plethora of challenges faced in Nigeria particularly in the agricultural sector and a research into the way forward was necessary According to him research is critical to ensuring rising productivity reduction in income fluctuations and reduction in poverty among other things Suddenly everything is changing globally The way we live and work our social and community relations The advent of COVID 19 took everybody unawares The numbers are still counting in Nigeria and we do not have any idea how and when all these will end We in the developing world especially in sub Sahara Africa are still grappling with the impacts of climate change economic crisis of over a decade ago We are also grappling with unstable political systems rising poverty and unemployment high levels of food insecurity Now it is COVID 19 with its attendant impacts and a new lexicon and health insecurity he said According to him the major task before all is how to ensure that the food systems and supply chains are adequate to feed the rising population expected to rise from 198 753 871 in 2019 to 255 774 848 in 2030 The don noted that how research culture toward policy reforms and interventions would be shaped post COVID 19 was paramount Another speakers at the forum Prof Saweda Liverpool Tasie from Michigan State University called for collaboration among agricultural experts for lasting solution According to Liverpool Tasie research is very critical It should provide clear thinking and direction Unfortunately many decisions are based on perceptions and feelings rather than facts and it is a big challenge that plagues many countries especially in agriculture On distribution of palliatives to cushion the effect of the pandemic Liverpool Tasie expressed concern over implementation of different policies saying to what extent does research play a role COVID 19 has given us an opportunity to move from business as usual It has demonstrated the extent of globalisation and the fact that global recession is looming he said Also speaking Prof Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun laid emphasis on collaboration for result oriented agricultural research He said the effect of the pandemic on food security was so huge that more efforts should be geared toward research According to him the pandemic has disrupted supply chains and logistics and labour flow has also been affected Shittu lamented that the pandemic came at a time when Nigerian farmers were expected to be on the farm for pre planting preparations affecting the whole planting process Not being able to work within farming season will affect everything and lead to future supply shortages hunger malnutrition and starvation Unfortunately external trade is affected by the development and trade will remain sluggish for a long time meaning we have to increase our effort to produce locally Shittu was quoted as saying The don further said the development had now forced Nigerians to go for smaller ration at more expensive rate Pregnant women and nursing mothers are greatly affected because of lack of proper nutrition for their children to grow optimally There will also be need to conduct research on growth of children born during this pandemic he said Shittu however harped on the need to pay more attention to value addition as well as creative ways to make farming attractive to young Nigerians and those with erroneous perception about farming He said investments in food preservation and value addition needed to be taken seriously Shittu added that there was need for value addition for tomatoes vegetables fish and other perishable food items He also stressed the need for every household in urban areas to grow one food item or the other Edited By Chioma Ugboma Felix Ajide NAN
    Agricultural experts harp on research to avert starvation, poverty, after COVID-19
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Agricultural experts harp on research to avert starvation, poverty, after COVID-19

    Experts from within and outside Nigeria have called for agricultural research into stemming the problem of starvation, increased poverty and other challenges likely to be posed when COVID-19 pandemic ended.

    Prof. Job Nmadu, President of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAAE), Prof. Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun, and others made this call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Nmadu said the decisions were reached at an online forum organised by the NAAE in collaboration with Michigan State University.

    He said the forum had the theme: “Nigerian Agricultural Policy Research Themes and Focus Post COVID-19.”

    The President, NAAE, noted that the place of research in the face of the pandemic could not be overemphasised.

    He said the pandemic had added to the plethora of challenges faced in Nigeria, particularly in the agricultural sector and a research into the way forward was necessary.

    According  to him, research is critical to ensuring rising productivity, reduction in income fluctuations and  reduction in poverty among other things.

    “Suddenly, everything is changing globally. The way we live and work, our social and community relations. The advent of COVID-19 took everybody unawares.

    “The numbers are still counting in Nigeria and we do not have any idea how and when all these will end.

    “We in the developing world, especially in sub-Sahara Africa, are still grappling with the impacts of climate change, economic crisis of over a decade ago.

    “We are also grappling with unstable political systems, rising
    poverty, and unemployment, high levels of food insecurity.

    “Now it is COVID-19 with its attendant impacts and a new lexicon and health insecurity,” he said.

    According to him, the major task before all, is how to ensure that the food systems and supply chains are adequate to feed the rising population, expected to rise from 198,753,871 in 2019
    to 255,774,848 in 2030.

    The don noted that how research culture toward policy reforms and interventions would be shaped,  post COVID-19 was paramount.

    Another speakers at the forum, Prof. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, from Michigan State University, called for collaboration among agricultural experts for lasting solution.

    According to Liverpool-Tasie, research is very critical. It should provide clear thinking and direction.

    “Unfortunately, many decisions are based on perceptions and feelings rather than facts and it is a big challenge that plagues many countries especially in agriculture.”

    On distribution of palliatives to cushion the effect of the pandemic, Liverpool-Tasie expressed concern over implementation of different policies, saying, “to what extent does research play a role.

    COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to move from business as usual. It has demonstrated the extent of globalisation and the fact that global recession is looming.” he said.

    Also speaking, Prof. Adebayo Shittu from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun,  laid emphasis on collaboration for result oriented agricultural research.

    He said the effect of the pandemic on food security was so huge that more efforts should be geared toward research.

    According to him, the pandemic has disrupted supply chains and logistics, and labour flow has also been affected.

    Shittu lamented that the pandemic came at a time when Nigerian farmers were expected to be on the farm for pre-planting  preparations, affecting the whole planting process.

    “Not being able to work within farming season will affect everything and lead to future supply shortages, hunger, malnutrition and starvation.

    “Unfortunately, external trade is affected by the development and trade will remain sluggish for a long time, meaning we have to increase our effort to produce locally,” Shittu was quoted as saying.

    The don further said, the development, had now forced Nigerians to go for smaller ration at more expensive rate.

    “Pregnant women and nursing mothers are greatly affected because of lack of proper nutrition for their children to grow optimally.

    “There will also be need to conduct research on growth of children born during this pandemic,” he said.

    Shittu, however, harped on the need to pay more attention to value addition as well as creative ways to make farming attractive to young Nigerians and those with erroneous perception about farming.

    He said investments in food preservation and value addition needed to be taken seriously.

    Shittu added that there was  need for value addition for tomatoes, vegetables, fish and other perishable food items.

    He also stressed the need for every household in urban areas to grow one food item or the other.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

     

  •  The National Association of Air Traffic Engineers NAAE has urged the Federal Government to invest more in capacity building on cyber security to forestall cyber attacks in the industry The re elected President of the association Mr Ishaya Dung made the plea in Lagos on Sunday Dung said the training would further prevent cyber attacks on the Communication Navigation and Surveillance Air Traffic Management domain He spoke at the 2019 Annual General Meeting AGM of the association at the Nigerian Air Force NAF Conference Centre Abuja Dung was re elected for second term in office as President of the NAAE Also at the election which was the high point of the AGM other members of the executive were re elected for second Dung who joined the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA in 2002 is a Deputy General Manager Electromechanical Services department in the agency He said the authorities should ensure that Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel ATSEPs were properly equipped to mitigate the challenge of cyber security which had become a major threat globally International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations IFATSEA raised concern over cyber attacks in the domain The approval of the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO for cyber security to be included in the competency based training for ATSEP in document 10057 This was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety and security of evolving digital interoperable complex systems Dung said He also appreciated the efforts of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC in the presentation of a working paper for the harmonisation of personnel licencing at the regional level According to him it will help to facilitate the implementation of personnel licencing in states that have been reluctant owing to its non inclusion in ICAO Annex 1 Edited amp Vetted By Chioma Ugboma Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Air traffic engineers wants FG to invest more on cyber security
     The National Association of Air Traffic Engineers NAAE has urged the Federal Government to invest more in capacity building on cyber security to forestall cyber attacks in the industry The re elected President of the association Mr Ishaya Dung made the plea in Lagos on Sunday Dung said the training would further prevent cyber attacks on the Communication Navigation and Surveillance Air Traffic Management domain He spoke at the 2019 Annual General Meeting AGM of the association at the Nigerian Air Force NAF Conference Centre Abuja Dung was re elected for second term in office as President of the NAAE Also at the election which was the high point of the AGM other members of the executive were re elected for second Dung who joined the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA in 2002 is a Deputy General Manager Electromechanical Services department in the agency He said the authorities should ensure that Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel ATSEPs were properly equipped to mitigate the challenge of cyber security which had become a major threat globally International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations IFATSEA raised concern over cyber attacks in the domain The approval of the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO for cyber security to be included in the competency based training for ATSEP in document 10057 This was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety and security of evolving digital interoperable complex systems Dung said He also appreciated the efforts of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC in the presentation of a working paper for the harmonisation of personnel licencing at the regional level According to him it will help to facilitate the implementation of personnel licencing in states that have been reluctant owing to its non inclusion in ICAO Annex 1 Edited amp Vetted By Chioma Ugboma Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Air traffic engineers wants FG to invest more on cyber security
    General news3 years ago

    Air traffic engineers wants FG to invest more on cyber security

    The National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) has urged the Federal Government to invest more in capacity building on cyber security to forestall cyber attacks in the industry.

    The re-elected President of the association, Mr Ishaya Dung, made the plea in Lagos on Sunday.

    Dung said the training would further prevent cyber attacks on the Communication Navigation and Surveillance /Air Traffic Management () domain.

    He spoke at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre, Abuja.

    Dung was re-elected for second term in office as President of the NAAE.

    Also, at the election, which was the high point of the AGM, other members of the executive were re-elected for second.

    Dung, who joined the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in 2002, is a Deputy General Manager, Electromechanical Services department in the agency.

    He said the authorities should ensure that Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) were properly equipped to mitigate the challenge of cyber security which had become a major threat globally.

    “International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) raised concern over cyber attacks in the domain.

    “The approval of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for cyber security to be included in the competency-based training for ATSEP in document 10057.

    “This was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety and security of evolving digital interoperable complex systems,”

    Dung said.

    He also appreciated the efforts of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in the presentation of a working paper for the harmonisation of personnel licencing at the regional level.

    According to him, it will help to facilitate the implementation of personnel licencing in states that have been reluctant, owing to its non-inclusion in ICAO Annex 1.

    Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye
    (NAN)

  •   Mr Ishaya Dung President of the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers NAAE has stressed the need for competence in cyber security to protect and boost air services Dung made this known at NAAE s 2019 Annual General Meeting with the theme Satellite Based ADS B Technology and the Relevance to ATSEP Job in Abuja Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast ADS B is a primary technology supporting the Federal Aviation Administration s FAA s Next Generation Air Traffic Control System which will shift aircraft separation and air traffic control from ground based radar to satellite derived positions The president who lauded the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO for including the cyber security competency based training for ATSEP urged the government to promptly implement the recommendations for secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria We consider our profession as a key link in the aviation safety chain therefore we are working assiduously hard and now focusing on competencies on cyber security which has become a major threat International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association IFATSEA raised concerns over cyber attacks in the CNS ATM domain with her working paper WP 105 presented during the recently held 40th ICAO Triennial Assembly ICAO approval for cyber security to be included in the competency based training for ATSEP in document 10057 was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety We call on our authorities in their characteristic manner to promptly follow up and implement these recommendations for a more secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria The president said with the expected rise in air passenger traffic and air traffic training was imperative and necessary for optimal performance of ATSEP jobs It will interest you to know that the latest ICAO long term traffic forecasts indicate that both air passenger traffic and freight traffic are expected to be more than double by 2023 Characterised by a 4 3 per cent annual growth rate for passenger traffic and 3 9 per cent for freight traffic he said According to Dung the Annual General Meeting is an avenue where stakeholders come together to brainstorm and share ideas on ensuring high availability accuracy continuity and resilience of the service rendered in the country He said we also consider our welfare and take time to socialise to refresh ourselves and brace up to the challenges that lie ahead because many factors including but not limited to evolving digital technologies present their own challenges for the ATSEP Programmes for modernising the air navigation infrastructure in both CNS ATM are well underway across the globe such as Smart Digital Control Tower Open ATM Systems Space Based Very High Frequency VHF and Artificial Intelligence for speech recognition and conflict resolution Mr Uwem Ekanem Chief Executive Officer Ibom Airport Development Company Limited in his speech commended the organisers of the AGM noting that any association conducting its 19th AGM has stood the test of time and prevailed Ekanem who was represented by Mr Ettebong James Chairman National Association of Air Traffic Engineers Uyo Chapter said ATSEP which comprises engineers from sister agencies like Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA among others shows a cross pollination of ideas He acknowledged the efforts of the association in moulding competent engineers through exposure to current technology trends in the aviation industry News Agency of Nigeria reports that NAAE is a body charged with the promotion of safe efficient effective and economic air navigation in Nigeria The body is duly registered and has membership across some key aviation agencies namely NAMA NCAA Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT and Ibom Airport Development Company IADC NAN also reports that ATSEP is responsible for the provision of required Communication Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Services which are enablers to ensure performance based navigation in any given airspace as stipulated by ICAO
    Association harps on cyber security competence
      Mr Ishaya Dung President of the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers NAAE has stressed the need for competence in cyber security to protect and boost air services Dung made this known at NAAE s 2019 Annual General Meeting with the theme Satellite Based ADS B Technology and the Relevance to ATSEP Job in Abuja Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast ADS B is a primary technology supporting the Federal Aviation Administration s FAA s Next Generation Air Traffic Control System which will shift aircraft separation and air traffic control from ground based radar to satellite derived positions The president who lauded the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO for including the cyber security competency based training for ATSEP urged the government to promptly implement the recommendations for secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria We consider our profession as a key link in the aviation safety chain therefore we are working assiduously hard and now focusing on competencies on cyber security which has become a major threat International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association IFATSEA raised concerns over cyber attacks in the CNS ATM domain with her working paper WP 105 presented during the recently held 40th ICAO Triennial Assembly ICAO approval for cyber security to be included in the competency based training for ATSEP in document 10057 was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety We call on our authorities in their characteristic manner to promptly follow up and implement these recommendations for a more secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria The president said with the expected rise in air passenger traffic and air traffic training was imperative and necessary for optimal performance of ATSEP jobs It will interest you to know that the latest ICAO long term traffic forecasts indicate that both air passenger traffic and freight traffic are expected to be more than double by 2023 Characterised by a 4 3 per cent annual growth rate for passenger traffic and 3 9 per cent for freight traffic he said According to Dung the Annual General Meeting is an avenue where stakeholders come together to brainstorm and share ideas on ensuring high availability accuracy continuity and resilience of the service rendered in the country He said we also consider our welfare and take time to socialise to refresh ourselves and brace up to the challenges that lie ahead because many factors including but not limited to evolving digital technologies present their own challenges for the ATSEP Programmes for modernising the air navigation infrastructure in both CNS ATM are well underway across the globe such as Smart Digital Control Tower Open ATM Systems Space Based Very High Frequency VHF and Artificial Intelligence for speech recognition and conflict resolution Mr Uwem Ekanem Chief Executive Officer Ibom Airport Development Company Limited in his speech commended the organisers of the AGM noting that any association conducting its 19th AGM has stood the test of time and prevailed Ekanem who was represented by Mr Ettebong James Chairman National Association of Air Traffic Engineers Uyo Chapter said ATSEP which comprises engineers from sister agencies like Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA among others shows a cross pollination of ideas He acknowledged the efforts of the association in moulding competent engineers through exposure to current technology trends in the aviation industry News Agency of Nigeria reports that NAAE is a body charged with the promotion of safe efficient effective and economic air navigation in Nigeria The body is duly registered and has membership across some key aviation agencies namely NAMA NCAA Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT and Ibom Airport Development Company IADC NAN also reports that ATSEP is responsible for the provision of required Communication Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Services which are enablers to ensure performance based navigation in any given airspace as stipulated by ICAO
    Association harps on cyber security competence
    General news3 years ago

    Association harps on cyber security competence

     


    Mr Ishaya Dung, President of the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE), has stressed the need for competence in cyber security to protect and boost air services.

    Dung made this known at NAAE’s 2019 Annual General Meeting with the theme ‘Satellite Based ADS-B Technology and the Relevance to ATSEP Job’ in Abuja.

    Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a primary technology supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, which will shift aircraft separation and air traffic control from ground-based radar to satellite-derived positions.

    The president, who lauded the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for including the cyber security competency-based training for ATSEP, urged the government to promptly implement the recommendations for secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria.

    “We consider our profession as a key link in the aviation safety chain; therefore, we are working assiduously hard and now focusing on competencies on cyber security which has become a major threat.

    “International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA) raised concerns over cyber-attacks in the CNS/ATM domain with her working paper `WP 105’ presented during the recently held 40th ICAO Triennial Assembly.

    “ICAO approval for cyber security to be included in the competency based training for ATSEP in document 10057 was a remarkable achievement in the best interest of safety.

    “We call on our authorities in their characteristic manner to promptly follow up and implement these recommendations for a more secure and efficient air transportation in Nigeria’’.

    The president said with the expected rise in air passenger traffic and air traffic, training was imperative and necessary for optimal performance of ATSEP jobs.

    “It will interest you to know that the latest ICAO long term traffic forecasts indicate that both air passenger traffic and freight traffic are expected to be more than double by 2023.

    “Characterised by a 4.3 per cent annual growth rate for passenger traffic and 3.9 per cent for freight traffic,“ he said.

    According to Dung, the Annual General Meeting is an avenue where stakeholders come together to brainstorm and share ideas on ensuring high availability, accuracy, continuity and resilience of the service rendered in the country.

    He said “we also consider our welfare and take time to socialise to refresh ourselves and brace up to the challenges that lie ahead, because many factors, including but not limited to evolving digital technologies, present their own challenges for the ATSEP.

    “Programmes for modernising the air navigation infrastructure in both CNS/ATM are well underway across the globe, such as: Smart Digital Control Tower, Open ATM Systems, Space-Based Very High Frequency (VHF) and Artificial Intelligence for speech recognition and conflict resolution.“

    Mr Uwem Ekanem, Chief Executive Officer, Ibom Airport Development Company Limited, in his speech, commended the organisers of the AGM, noting that any association conducting its 19th AGM has stood the test of time and prevailed.

    Ekanem, who was represented by Mr Ettebong James, Chairman, National Association of Air Traffic Engineers Uyo Chapter, said ATSEP which comprises engineers from sister agencies like Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) among others, shows a `cross-pollination of ideas’.

    He acknowledged the efforts of the association in moulding competent engineers through exposure to current technology trends in the aviation industry.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that NAAE is a body charged with the promotion of safe, efficient, effective and economic air navigation in Nigeria.

    The body is duly registered and has membership across some key aviation agencies namely: NAMA, NCAA, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) and Ibom Airport Development Company (IADC).

    NAN also reports that ATSEP is responsible for the provision of required Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Services, which are enablers to ensure performance-based navigation in any given airspace as stipulated by ICAO.