The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said that there is no in-fighting or leadership tussle in the organisation especially over who is acting managing director in the agency.
In a statement signed by Acting General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs. Olajumoke Adetona and made available to the press, recent press reports have given the impression that there is an on-going power tussle by some management staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency over the position of acting Managing Director / Chief Executive of the Agency.
He statement read,”Such unsubstantiated, deliberately planted reports are a complete figment of the imagination of the authors, who maliciously hope to profit from the confusion the false reports are capable of causing.”
“As soon as the Hon. Minister of Transportation Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi became aware that some top officials of the Agency (including the MD/CE) had been held by the EFCC, he personally visited the Agency on Tuesday 16th February, 2016 and gave clear directives to Engr. Emmanuel Anasi (Acting Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services) to oversee the affairs of the Agency for the time being.”
“At no time thereafter did any management staff seek to contest or dispute the clear directives of the Hon. Minister with regard to the interim leadership of the Agency.”
“Management therefore appeals to the mass media to, in line with the ethics of their profession, always endeavour to verify information being dished out to the general public to avert the panic and confusion such false reports are capable of generating.”
“We hereby wish to assure the general public that NAMA remains fully engaged in the diligent performance of its statutory duties and responsibilities, and there is no threat whatsoever to the safety of our air space.”
NFD in one of its reports also insinuated that there was a leadership tussle in NAMA and that another acting Managing director was appointed.
Meanwhile, in line with its determination to provide seamless air navigation services and also enhance safety of air travel within the nation’s airspace, the agency has facilitated the signing of letters of procedures between Kano Area Control Centre (ACC) and Abuja Approach Control Unit (APC) on the one hand and between Lagos Area Control Centre (ACC) and Port Harcourt Approach Control Unit (APC) on the other.
The letters of procedures which spells out the condition under which the responsibility for provision of air traffic services shall be shared between the parent Area Control Centre and the subordinate Approach Control Units also specifies flow control procedures during periods of congestion, just as it specifies procedures to follow in the event of total or partial communication failure between air traffic control services unit and an aircraft among others.
Speaking during the signing of the Letters of Procedures by Air Traffic Operations Managers (ATOMs) from the four major airports of Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos, on Monday, the General Manager, Air Traffic Control Operations, Mr Ifeanyi Okwor, explained that the signing of Letters of Procedures “was informed by recent changes in the structure of the airspace like extension of en-route radar service to 24 hours daily and other changes that we have effected lately. “
“We need to capture all these changes in the Letters of Procedure especially as it has to do with the operational relationship between parent ACCs and the subordinate APCs, as an ICAO requirement targeted at enhancing seamlessness and safety in air traffic management.”