By Friday Nwosu
Nigerian’s Airspace Management Authority, NAMA, has charged airspace managers across the country to take measures to strengthen air traffic management and surveillance systems in their respective domains. This is to ensure that maximum operational safety standard is adhered to as the nation gradually winds down to Christmas and New Year celebrations. Managing Director of the country’s airspace, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam gave the charge at the just concluded Airspace Managers’ Forum held at Asaa Pyramid Hotels, Kaduna. He stated that the need for extra vigilance at this time became inevitable because of the usual upsurge in traffic and the increased tempo of airport activities that come with the yuletide season.
According to the NAMA boss, “we must do our level best to build upon the present gains we have achieved in maintaining safety of air navigation in the country and zero tolerance for aviation incidents. In doing this, it calls for synergy and collaboration among airspace managers and I believe this forum will provide the opportunity to compare notes and do the needed peer review which will put all operations nationwide on the same page.” Abdulsalam also noted that “recent effort by management to digitalize air traffic management services in the country by way of deployment of Digital Safe Towers across the four major airports as well as the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract/Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) are targeted at ensuring that the nation’s airspace conforms to global safety standards and also bring about efficiency in service delivery.”
He therefore called on airspace managers to imbibe the culture of “collaborative engagement that would engender the needed peer review and enhanced safety.” Earlier in an address, the Chairman of the forum Port Harcourt Airspace Manager, Mr Gabriel Akpen expressed confidence that the forum would afford members the opportunity to engage one another and build strategies for collective growth, stressing that “current operating times call for renewed efforts to shore up performance and manage air traffic more efficiently than ever.”