A team of experts from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) who visited the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have endorsed the capacity and performance of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) equipment in guaranteeing safety of air navigation in the country.
This is coming just as NAMA successfully rounded off the calibration of navigational aids across the country.
The Director General of the Ghana CAA, Abdulahi Alhassan who led the , visiting technical team of that country to Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), made this declaration after a facility tour of some of the agency’s installations at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos including the TRACON site and Control Tower.
“We are highly impressed with what we have seen here, both in terms of technical infrastructure and human capacity to effectively man these facilities and guarantee safety of air travel in the country” Alhassan said.
Earlier in a reception at the NAMA headquarters complex in Lagos, the GCAA DG had told officials of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) that their mission to Nigeria was to seek the nation’s support in the co-management of the Accra airspace which includes Togo and Benin as against ASECNA’s plan to sectorise the airspace.
Alhassan said, “it is our belief that ASECNA has not followed due process in its bid to sectorize the Accra airspace. It is a matter that the three bodies (ASECNA, GCAA and NAMA) should discuss on a round table because of its regional safety and security implications and the position of Ghana is that we co-manage the airspace rather than sectorize it.”
In his remarks, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam maintained that as neighbours, Nigeria is in the middle of the whole issue which makes it imperative for a quick resolution to be sought.
He assured his guests that Nigeria was disposed to a peaceful and amicable resolution of the issues, stressing that “we are committed to co-operating with both Ghana and ASECNA in our determination to ensure safety of the African sky.”
Engr. Abdulsalam also promised to open a line of communication with ASECNA on the possibility of the three organizations meeting at the WACAF office in Dakar and amicably resolving the issues.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has successfully rounded off the calibration of navigational aids across the country. The operation which lasted ten days was handled by a technical team from ASECNA in collaboration with NAMA engineers.
NAMA MD, Engr. Ibrahim Abdusalam (third right) with ASECNA calibration team at the end of exercise in Lagos
Speaking with correspondents at the NAMA headquarters complex in Lagos, leader of the ASECNA calibration team, Engr. Nganan Jorim expressed delight over what he referred to as “the most successful calibration exercise in recent time.’’ He recalled that his team had no challenges whatsoever in the entire operation because of the preparedness of the NAMA team prior to their arrival from Senegal.
On the status of the navigational aids calibrated, Engr. Jorim remarked that “the report of the calibration indicated that the navigational aids are in a very perfect condition for safe flight operations.”
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