The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), says it has inaugurated a Safety Audit Committee to carry out periodic checks on its systems and navigational equipment at the nation’s airports, in line with requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The agency disclosed the development in a statement on Monday by Mrs. Olajumoke Adetana, Acting General Manager, Public Affairs.
Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, Managing Director, NAMA, was quoted in the statement as saying in his remark that the safety audit team, which was made of experienced and tested personnel, would ensure that all the agency’s equipment and systems receive safety audit at regular intervals in order to further enhance seamless and uninterrupted air navigation service provision by the agency.
Engr. Abdulsalam has also charged Air Traffic Controllers across the nation to show more commitment and dedication to duty as the agency makes effort to revolutionize the nation’s Air Traffic Management capacity.
The NAMA boss made the call during the 44th AGM/Conference of Nigeria Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) held in Akure, Ondo State noting that recent investments in projects like the Automatic Dependent Surveillance / Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (ADS-C/CPDLC) and the Kano Safe Tower would make for more effective management of the nation’s airspace.
The NAMA boss who, was represented at the occasion by the Director of Operations, Mr. Felix Uzoma-FyneBoy, also expressed the agency’s commitment towards training and retraining of personnel, especially in the critical area of operations.
“It therefore behoves Air Traffic Controllers to consider safety over and above every other thing, in the discharge of their duties,” he said.