Airports company avails bursaries worth N$1 million
The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) earlier this week awarded eight bursaries worth over N$1 million, for studies in the fields of logistics, supply chain management and engineering services in the electrical, mechanical and civil disciplines.
Officiating at the ceremony, NAC Board of Directors Chairperson Ndeuhala Lewis said the money will cater for tuition fees, text books, accommodation, information technology equipment, transport and a monthly allowance for each student.
“The Namibia Airports Company recognises its key role in national development through the provision of safe and secure airports for all air traffic that departs or arrives in Namibia. According to our turnaround plan we have identified capacity building in aviation-related disciplines as a key success factor. The bursaries we are awarding is a manifestation of our commitment to our mandate and our turn around objectives,” Lewis said.
Last year, four NAC-funded students graduated in engineering. They are now employed by the Airports Company as graduate trainees.
“NAC has registered the graduate trainees with the Engineering Council to develop and train them to fully fledged engineers in three years. An in-house training programme is in place to develop civil and electrical engineering expertise over a three-year period in airport planning, maintenance and design in line with ICAO Regulations. The total investment programme is estimated at approximately N$6.5 million over the three year period,” explained Lewis.
At the same occasion, Chief Executive Officer Tamer El-Kallawi launched the NAC website, www.airports.com.na describing it as a milestone in the company’s turnaround strategy as it contributes to social transformation and development by sharing with the rest of the world important information and initiatives of the NAC.
“The website is the NAC’s answer to communicate and inform the world about the organisation. I have been informed that it is not only visually attractive, but it is interactive and can be compared to any of the websites of the airports around the world” El-Kallawi said.