The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) recently embarked on restructuring of its management in the Directorate of Operations as Mr. Nnanna Ugbaga, formerly the ASM, Abuja station, assumes duty as General Manager, Airspace Planning.
Ugbaga takes over from Mr. Segun Ogunmola who is currently the Acting Director of Operations. Also Mr. Marcel Onwuakpa, who is currently ASM, Port Harcourt now takes over the helms of affairs as General Manager, Search and Rescue/CMC. Ugbaga began his career in 1981 as an ATC Assistant. He holds B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Calabar, apart from several ratings obtained in the course of training. Onwuakpa also joined the service in 1981.
A highly experienced Air Traffic Controller with several ratings, he holds B.Sc in Public Administration from University of Abuja. In another development, NAMA recently offered pre-retirement training to 34 retiring and retired staff. NAMA said in a statement on Monday that the training, a 5-day workshop, was designed to prepare the beneficiaries for life after paid employment. Of the 34 staff, 15 were from headquarters, 5 from MMIA while 14 were from out-stations across the country.
Dr. Uwem Akangson, Director of Human Resources, NAMA, described the initiative as part of the holistic strategy of the agency’s management to improve general welfare of its staff, whether retired or in service. The workshop, which took place at the Bezer Hotel, Otta, Ogun State was facilitated by International Gazielle Ltd with the theme, “Health Management in Retirement; Preparing to Retire into a Business Venture/Vocation; Making a Will and Contributory Pension Scheme in Perspective.”
March 13, 2015 | Support
The Federal Government of Nigeria recently took a bold step by placing a ban on all foreign training by government officials and workers. This move, which many believe could have come before now, is a welcome development and deserves commendation. Precisely, the Federal Government through a circular from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service banned all federal ministries and agencies from embarking on foreign training for their workers. This foolowed the revelation that the country spends over $158 million yearly on overseas training.
Before now, several stakeholders had expressed reservations on these foreign trainings, which they claimed served more as an opportunity for the beneficiaries to earn estacodes, and not the needed human capacity building it ought to bring about. This of course is believed to have been responsible for the scramble for overseas training in government ministries and agencies.
The overseas training is quite unnecessary and a huge waste of resources since there are local management resource centres such as the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), as well as the Nigerian Institute for Management (NIM), which the Centre for Management Development, CMD, has been working in partnership with.
In this age and time, and except in areas where the nation appears deficient, it beats logic for government officials to be sent on foreign training. Government must learn to develop and patronise local content, which the CMD and its recognised institutions and consultants represent.
As the operational arm of the National Council for Management Development, CMD is charged with the responsibility of inspecting and registering management consultants in terms of their code of practice in Nigeria. It is therefore unfortunate that rather than refer to the CMD as a first port of call in their training needs, ministries and agencies preferred to fly off-shore for trainings which could be conveniently and professionally done locally. This is sad as those in charge of these trainings only end up presenting themselves to Nigerians as turncoats.
As part of efforts to consolidate the foreign training ban, the country’s Centre for Management Development (CMD) has rightfully said that it would soon commence inspection and accreditation of all management consultants and institutions in the country. We commend this move by CMD, and urge the agency to take advantage of this ban to lead the way in the development of the nation’s capacity building, particularly in the aspect of human resource development.
March 12, 2015 | Support
Department for International Development, an agency of the United Kingdom, has inaugurated the Teacher Development Programme to boost learning in six northern states.
The programme will train 62,000 school teachers, 4,000 student teachers and 816 teacher educators in the six states.
The beneficiaries of the TDP arrangement, which is aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning at the basic education level, are Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna and Kano states.
The programme, funded by DFID, is intended to improve the skills of teachers in the three core curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and Technology, is to produce better teachers through a combination of pre-service and in-service training.
The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, represented by the National Programme Manager, TDP, Dr. Nguyan Shaku Feese, said this at the meeting of the National Joint Committee for the TDP in Abuja.
He expressed optimism that the findings and recommendations of the working groups would be used to refine and improve the process of implementing the set of reforms articulated by the National Commission for Colleges of Education.
Nwaobiala lamented that the provision of regular sustainable Continuing Professional Development opportunities for teacher educators started to receive adequate attention recently.
“A key element of the reform of pre-service training is how to ensure that the teacher educators in our training institutions do have the regular opportunities for updating their subject content knowledge and pedagogical skills,” he stated.
Executive Secretary of NCCE, Prof. Muhammed Junaid, said the commission was committed to ensuring the production of quality teachers for the nation’s basic education sector.
According to him, the NCCE would continue to work with the colleges and TDP to accomplish the necessary reforms in the sector.
Junaid said, “Our ultimate aim in implementing the CPD programme is to engender a paradigm shift in the way lecturers teach, from traditional transmission model of teaching to constructivist gender sensitive pedagogy.”
March 12, 2015 | Support
Minister of State for Works, Adedapo Adeyeye, has promised that the federal government would give the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) all the necessary support to make it a centre of excellence.
Adeyeye spoke when the Executive Director of the of the Centre, Dr. Adewale Akingbade, led a delegation of the institution to acquaint the minister with the activities of the centre which, he said, is capable of providing data from space that can help improve the security and general development of the country.
Established in 1972 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, RECTAS, located at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is an educational one-stop solution institution that TRAINS highly skilled manpower in geospatial information science and technology, and its applications.
Adeyeye pledged to personally visit the centre, which is under the Federal Ministry of Works, after the general elections because of its immense importance to the security and general development of the country.
“After the elections, I will visit the centre because it is a very important one as far as the security and development of Nigeria are concerned… We will do whatever is in our power to strengthen your agency and provide adequate resources for it to become a centre of excellence. No doubt, we have the manpower to ensure that you rank among the best in the world.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the of the RECTAS, Dr. Adewale Akingbade,
explained that the establishment is an inter-governmental joint institution for Africa and that its membership is open to all African nations.
At present, however, the eight member-countries are Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
Akingbade acknowledged that a lot of infrastructural development had taken place in this country, courtesy the Federal Ministry of Works, and thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for making it possible and for supporting his centre, RECTAS.
Throwing light on how it operates, he said the centre collects spatial data from space, arranges them and disseminates them to relevant end-users.
In particular, he said geo-informatics for security is another area of their specialisation, which can benefit Nigeria and all other member-countries.
He appealed for continued assistance from the Nigerian government while inviting the Minister of State for Works to visit his institution to acquaint himself with their activities.
March 12, 2015 | Support