An Assistant General Manager (Operations) at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Aniekan Effiong, slumped and died on Monday while on duty in Abuja.
Effiong is one of NAMA’s Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO).
Mr. Khalid Emele, NAMA spokesman, confirmed the sad news in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
Emele said that Effiong died on duty at the approach radar control site of NAMA Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The ATC officer, until his death was an Assistant General Manager, Operations at NAMA.
Emele mourned the sudden death of the NAMA official, saying “he was a hardworking and dedicated staffer who died at the prime of his career.
“Effiong reported to duty at the Abuja Approach Radar Control (TRACON) on November 21 at 6p.m. without any sign of illness whatsoever.
“He was to close by 7a.m. the next day (Monday). However, at about 4a.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 staffer who died at the prime of his career.
“He will be missed by the entire NAMA community,” said the statement.