Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has announced the demise of one of its Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO), Aniekan Effiong, on Monday.
NAMA spokesman, Khalid Emele, confirmed the tragic incident in a statement in Lagos, on Monday.
Emele affirmed that Effiong passed away on duty at the approach radar control site of NAMA Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Effiong was Assistant General Manager, Operations at NAMA.
“Effiong reported to duty at the Abuja Approach Radar Control (TRACON) on Nov. 21 at 6p.m. without any sign of illness whatsoever.
“He was to close by 7a.m. the next day (Monday). However, at about 4 a.m. this morning, he experienced difficulty in breathing.
“FAAN ambulance was called to evacuate him to the nearest medical facility.
“He was immediately taken to the Air Force Base clinic where he died.
“Effiong was a hardworking and dedicated staff who died at the prime of his career.
“He will be missed by the entire NAMA community,” the statement read.