NAMA in last minute push to close loose ends ahead audits - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

2023-08-30 19:20:42

Blueprint Newspapers Limited

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said the country's airspace safety facilities are in top gear ahead the visit by a team of officials from the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) expected in Nigeria next week to commence the audit of the country's aviation sector.

So far, the agency has conducted validation flights of Instrument Flight Procedures at all the international airports in the country to ensure compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

NAMA disclosed it has rounded off calibration of navigational aids at Nigeria major airports and commissioned newly installed ones in Maiduguri and Minna airports.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engr Tayib Odunowo explained that all required documents like Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP), Operation Manuals, MOUs with other agencies including military and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) have been reviewed and forwarded to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for approval just as he noted that critical manpower has been boosted at major airports across the country.

Engr Odunowo also expressed satisfaction with the preparedness and compliance level of the agency ahead of the audit.

According to him, navigational aids at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja have been upgraded.

He commended the dedication and commitment of staff of the agency towards ensuring that all identified gaps in the safety-critical and operational areas were being closed.

The NAMA boss reiterated the need for units and departments to work in synergy and harmony, saying "only a united NAMA can ensure we attain our set goals and objectives."

Facilities inspected include the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) sites, control towers, mobile control towers, Air Traffic Control 3-D Tower Simulator at Centrex Lagos, as well as administrative offices.

Other facilities assessed were ongoing projects where Odunowo charged contractors to ensure speedy completion of work.

2023-08-30 News