Aviation safety: NAMA trains airspace managers in the latest technology


In an attempt to improve air safety in the skies over Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said it is prepared to train airspace managers on the latest navigation equipment around the world.

NAMA, In a statement on Sunday, it said its airspace managers would be trained in the Global Air Navigation Plan, which would further enhance their jobs and increase air safety in the country.

NAMA’s acting managing director, Mr. Matthew Pwajok, hinted in the statement that the training aims to equip them with global trends in strategic air traffic management and also build their capacity for seamless airspace operations in their various domains.

Pwajok insisted that it was imperative to keep airspace managers at the country’s airports abreast of global trends in airspace management, stressing that aviation is internationally regulated without local regulation.

Up to date with state-of-the-art equipment: For this reason, he said that all airspace administrators must be updated on the latest generation equipment in the sector, adding that this would further improve security in the system.

Pwajok noted that the training will expose managers to the Global Air Navigation Plan, the Regional Air Navigation Plan and the National Air Navigation Plan, as well as keep them informed about the Civil Aviation Policy, which he said is the framework that guides operations at the national level.

  • He said: “As aviation is global, there is no Nigerian aviation standard. We are not operating in isolation, so we uphold international standards. We are evaluating and implementing the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) of International Civil Aviation (ICAO).
  • “You also need to keep up with the federal government’s aviation roadmap or master plan; our Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Master Plan and milestones toward achieving these master plans because these are frameworks within which we are expected to operate to carry out our statutory role as steward of the nation’s airspace.

The NAMA head said that airspace managers needed to be top notch in understanding the national air navigation plan in regards to implementation strategies, milestones, timelines and technology roadmaps to achieve the national plan and the strategic position of NAMA throughout the plan.

It also solicited your input to ensure a successful implementation.

Pwajok said that with increasing pressure on the aviation industry globally, regionally and nationally following the growth in passenger and cargo, there was a need for the agency to increase its capacity to cope with increased traffic.

Air travel request: He added that insecurity, expanding economy and increased political activities in Nigeria had also explained the increase in demand for air travel, hence the need for strategic air traffic management to ensure seamless operations.

He also warned managers at airports with limited hours of operation not to reject requests to extend services “especially in this election period, as this could have a political overtone.”

He stated that the aviation minister, Sen. Hadi Sirika sees aviation as a supporting function for all sectors and for everyone, regardless of political leaning.

In addition, he requested the support and buy-in from managers regarding the aviation roadmap being implemented by the minister, which he said would enhance the growth of the industry.

According to him, airports around the world are best run by experts who run them as a business and not by the government.

He insisted that the airport concession in Nigeria would attract the foreign direct investment needed for export expansion, the development of aerotropolises, airport cities and cargo terminals, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations.

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