NAMA Committed To Sustaining Nigeria’s Zero Accident Record – Akinkuotu

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Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says the agency is committed to sustaining the zero accident recorded by Nigeria commercial aviation industry in 2017.

Akinkuotu gave the assurance while speaking with aviation journalists on Sunday in Lagos.

“Zero accident is a goal that we must always strive to achieve. I believe that we had done well with the zero accident recorded in 2017. But we must not be carried away by that feat”, he said.

“It is always more difficult to sustain it and that is why we must not rest on our oars,” he said.

Akinkuotu noted that two things were pivotal to safety at the airports.  One is effective communication between pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs). The other he said is upgrade of Navigational Aids and Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) .

“NAMA has made great contributions to air safety. Without NAMA; I tell you, aviation will not be what it is today because safety is very critical to aviation.

“Without ATCs, there will be chaos in the air so the contribution of the agency is enormous,” he added.

According to him, the agency has procured some modern communication equipment which will arrive next month.

He said that they would improve communications between pilots and the control towers when installed and become operational.

Akinkuotu said ILS Category 3 would soon be installed at three Airports. The earmarked airports are the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Maiduguri Airport, to enhance visibility.

The NAMA boss said the agency also recently engaged no fewer than 30 persons. These are those who were currently undergoing ATC training at the Nigeria College of Aviation, Zaria.

“We are addressing ATC manpower aggressively because they are critical to the sector.

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