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MR. PWAJOK MATTHEW LAWRENCE

Acting Managing Director, NAMA

Ag. Managing Director of Operations, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency

Mr. Pwajok, Matthew Lawrence hails from Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, of Nigeria, and was born on Christmas Day 25 th of December 1968. He obtained his first degree from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, where he graduated in 1992 with a B.Sc. Honors in Accountancy, and then obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, in 2000.
He had all his working experience in the aviation industry where he started his career as an Air Traffic Control Assistant on 22 nd December 1986 with the then Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Federal Ministry of Transport, before the creation of the then Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) in 1988, and subsequently, the establishment of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in 1999 where he worked.
He obtained his Diploma in Air Traffic Control from the prestigious Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, in 1994 and capped it up with an Air Traffic Controller License with Ratings in Aerodrome and Approach Non-Radar Control in 1995 (A & B ATC Ratings). Additionally, in the course of my career, I obtained Air Traffic Control Ratings in Terminal Approach Radar Control, Area Airways Non Radar Control, as well as Area Radar Control Rating (A, B, C, D and E ATC Ratings).
Pwajok was appointed the General Manager Safety Management System as well as the Technical Adviser to the then Managing Director/CE of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency from January 2015 to 23 rd February 2017.
On 23rd February 2017, he was appointed the General Manager Air Navigation Standards with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority until 12 th December 2018. Furthermore, he was appointed the Director of Operations with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on 12 th December 2018, where he retired on 22nd December 2021, after 35 years of service.
On 7th January 2022, he was reappointed Director of Operations and Acting Managing Director/CE, of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency. Mr. Pwajok is happily married with 4 children, and has attended several professional and managerial trainings in aviation, including the following:
i) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate in Safety Management Systems (SMS) – Theory and Application by FAA Academy (Sept. 2012)
ii) Private Pilot License Certificate from Airborne Systems Flight School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (May 2011),
iii) Certificate in Advanced Area Radar Control Course from PANAM International Flight Academy, Miami, Florida, USA (April 2007),
iv) Certificate in Civil Aviation Management from Global Aviation Consultancy Services, Cairo, Egypt (September 2011),
v) Certificate in Airspace Planning from Global Aviation Consultancy Services, Cairo, Egypt (September 2011),
vi) Federal Aviation Administration (NTSB) Certificate in Aircraft Accidents Investigation (September 2017),
vii) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate in ATS Incident Investigation (July 2017),
viii) Certificate in Safety Oversight for Air Navigation Services, from Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) (August 2017), Singapore,
ix) IATA Certificate in State Safety Programme Implementation (Oct 2017
x) Certificate in Emergency Planning from the Emergency Planning College, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, from March 2018,
xi) Certificate in Airport Collaborative Decision Making and Air Traffic Flow Management at Global Aviation Services, Cairo – December 2018,
xii) ICAO Certificate in Performance Enhancement Through Implementation of ICAO ASBU (September 2017), Dakar, Senegal,
xiii) ICAO Certificate in Aerodrome Certification Course, GCAA Academy, Accra, Ghana (July 2016),
xiv) Diploma in Terminal Approach Radar Control from Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), Johannesburg, South Africa (August 2006),
xv) Certificate in Team Resources Management from Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), Johannesburg, South Africa (Sept. 2006),
xvi) Certificate in Basic Flight Data Management from Thales ATM Training Institute, Paris, France (February 2008),
xvii) Certificate in Advanced Flight Data Management from Thales ATM Training Institute, Paris, France (December 2011),
xviii) Certificate in Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Aircraft Operations (PANS – OPS Basic Course) from Aeronautical Services and Procedures (ASAP), Pezinok, Slovakia (August 2002),
xix) Certificate in Advanced Performance Training, from NAKACHI Consulting, Jumeira Beach Resort, Dubai (June 2013),
xx) Certificate in Project Planning, Control and Risk Management by SALVO Consultants, Accra, Ghana, (February 2013),
xxi) ICAO Certificate in Security Risk Management (August 2015), Lagos, Nigeria,
xxii) ICAO Certificate in Aviation Systems Block Upgrade (ASBU Methodology) from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (November 2014),
xxiii) Diploma in Air Traffic Control from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria in (1992 – July 1994),
xxiv) Certificate in ATC Emergency Procedures from United ATS Training Academy, Cairo, Egypt, (November 2012).
xxv) Certificate in Strategic Management from ATOM Academy, Dubai, UAE, February 2020.
xxvi) CANSO Certificate in Incident Investigation and Just Culture, GCAA Accra, Ghana, September 2016.
xxvii) IATA Certificate in PBN Implementation, December 2009.
xxvii) IATA Certificate in PBN Implementation Best Practices, April 2010.