The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Capt. Fola Akinkuotu has advocated enhanced synergy among states in the African and Indian Ocean (AFI ) flight information region, noting that this would further improve the safety profile and aeronautical information service within the area.
Akinkuotu who made the remark at a five-day Air Traffic System Investigator Workshop hosted by the agency in Lagos, noted that NAMA on its part, would strive towards building regional bridges in order to keep pace with latest trends, especially in air traffic management in a dynamic aviation industry, adding that â€œsuch regional cooperation becomes more compelling with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) goal of entrenching harmony and seamlessness in every facet of International Civil Aviation.â€
While commending ICAO for availing Nigeria the opportunity to host the workshop, Akinkuotu said the benefits of the meeting are enormous as â€œthe workshop would provide participants with knowledge and skills of Air Traffic System (ATS) incident reporting and investigation especially for operational personnel of Air Navigation Service Providers such as NAMA.â€™â€™
â€œThe quality of air navigation services, particularly air traffic services has been subjected to integrity tests going by the streams of Air Safety Reports received from our airspace users. The quality of incidents investigation on the other hand should impact positively on the corrective action plan that would minimise future re-occurrence, in a just culture environment, which is the essence of this workshop.â€ Akinkuotu said.
Also, the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman who was represented by the Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Mr. Mohammed Odunowo stated that global economic and demographic statistics indicate that Africa would experience significant increase in population, expansion in economic activities, as well as increased demand for air transport services in the near future. He stressed that â€œwhile the above trend indicates great potential and opportunities for the African economy as well as aviation sector, it also places immense responsibility on relevant aviation authorities towards the enhancement of Air Traffic Management capacity, efficiency and safety performance.â€
The ATS Incident Investigation Workshop provided was by the Federal Aviation Administration under the United States Department of Transportation (Safe Skies for Africa Programme), in collaboration with ICAO and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO).