Airspace Personnel Pledge to Sustain Air Safety

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Chinedu Eze

Airspace personnel across the nation’s airports under the aegis of Airspace
Managers’ Forum, have thrown their support behind the current management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), in its effort to sustain the gains of air safety in the country.

Speaking at this year’s first quarter meeting, which was held in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, the chairman of the forum, Mr. Gabriel Akpen commended the new management for making sure that navigational infrastructure across the country are working optimally, even as he lauded efforts of management in building capacity of critical personnel within the agency through training and retraining of staff.

Earlier in an address, the Acting Managing Director of NAMA, Emma Anasi expressed gratitude to the airspace managers for ensuring safety of air navigation in their various domains, stressing the need to “transparently and broadly review our processes and administrative structures at every level” to enhance efficiency of service delivery.

Anasi also denounced some media reports to the effect that the agency was going through some challenges due to the absence of a substantive managing director and assured airspace personnel that the agency remained committed to the delivery of uninterrupted air navigation services across the nation’s airspace.

 Anasi said: “This is reinforced by the fact that all our navigational facilities across the country have remained serviceable and are performing at optimal levels,” stressing that NAMA recently calibrated navigational aids and also successfully completed the ICAO Audit within the period of the present management.

The agency said the visit to Adamawa State afforded Anasi and his management team the opportunity to inspect the agency’s navigational facilities at Yola airport and as well as the TRACON radar site at Numan.