Aniekan Inuk Effiong, an air traffic controller at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is dead.
Effiong died on duty in the early hours of Monday, Daily Trust reports
The controller, said to be in his early 40s reportedly slumped at his duty post, close to the approach radar of the airport.
Although there has not been an official confirmation about his death, the medium quoted a source as saying that the deceased, who was an official of Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA), could not be rushed to hospital after he slumped because of vehicular restrictions to the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) site.
“Before they could get a vehicle and rush him to the hospital he had passed on.
“I wish to appeal to the authorities, particularly his immediate constituency, NAMA, the magnanimous Minister and DG NCAA to please come to the immediate aid of his young family with the hope also that he will be compensated adequately to encourage others.
“While doing all these, may I appeal that the restriction of vehicle to the TRACON site be reviewed immediately while stress test carried out on the surviving ones.
“I humbly submit and seek for prayers for God to forgive his shortcomings and accept him in his bosom,” the source said.
Recall that another air traffic controller died two weeks ago.
Francis Anwetin, the air traffic controller operations manager at Asaba airport was reportedly hit by a vehicle in front of the airport gate.He died on the spot.