NAMA Discourages Air Traffic Delays


The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo has charged air navigation service providers to strive to reduce all forms of air traffic delays without degradation in air service quality.
Alhaji Auyo noted that efficiency in service delivery was sensitive to aviation system survival, stressing that efficiency in aviation was measured by the number of aircraft movements within a given unit of the airspace per unit time.
According to him, the Agency was expediting action on the on-going installations work on Port Harcourt and Kano centres including the augmentation stations that will impact significantly on the safety levels in the country’s airspace when completed. He further explained that the Agency within the past two years has been able to train over 100 officers on Terminal and Area Radar control courses in Miami, Florida as part of human capacity building and the workers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring and insisting on high service quality delivery.
The President of Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Jibrin Haske earlier at the 38th AGM described the non installation of associated approach and runway edge lights at the 182 of the Murtala Mahammed airport had made it impossible for optimal operations as flight cannot operate after sunset and during inclement weather conditions.
Haske said the lack of these navigational equipment has added to undue delays to traffic at the airport. The NATCA President stressed the need for training, retraining of personnel in 2020 based on the requirements and needs of the organization regardless of the expressed extraneous interest that abound by setting aside sentiments that will not help the growth of the organization.
According to him, developing massive training programme for ATC personnel in 2010 will make up for the gaps in the training programme over the years.
Sentiments should not be allowed to bear on an otherwise serious professional and technical decision that should be taken to ensure the safety and integrity of the Nigerian air navigation system which is the original mandate of the organization.”
The 38th AGM of the air traffic controllers had as its theme, Modern Trend in Professional Air Navigation provision: Identifying our core values for effifiency.