NAF, NAMA share updates on aircraft movement, upgrade surveillance system

To enhance the safety and security of the nation’s airspace, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has embarked on upgrading its surveillance infrastructure across the nation’s airports and other remote installations across the country.

The Air Force chief shared an update on the NAF’s enhanced capabilities to monitor and identify all aircraft entering and exiting the Nigerian airspace, adding that improved collaboration and partnership between NAMA and the NAF would sustain the current security and safety in the nation’s airspace.

Consequently, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved an onsite visit to Spain by the critical staff of the agency to inspect some of the facilities, engage technology solution providers to address security challenges and upgrade the agency’s surveillance systems.

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The Managing Director of NAMA, Ahmed Umar Farouk who made this disclosure while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja noted that the Nigerian Air Force remained a valuable ally to the agency with regards to the safety and security of the nation’s airspace.

He recalled that the collaboration between the two agencies over time had been critical to sustaining airspace safety and security in Nigeria, adding that NAMA handles civil operations, while the Nigerian Air Force oversees security.

He noted that the two agencies’ close collaboration was vital for maintaining a safe and secure airspace,” the NAMA boss said.

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The leader of the NAF delegation, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Abdulkadir stated that the Nigerian Air Force had recently enhanced its capabilities to secure the nation’s airspace with new platforms designed for national air defence and stationed with the Air Defense Group in Makurdi, stressing that the NAF had also completed its day training and was close to finishing night trainings, which would enable rapid response and interception of any intruders in the Nigerian airspace.

AVM Abdulkadir described NAMA and NAF as “Twin children of the same mother”, saying that NAF’s responsibility for airspace security complements NAMA’s role in airspace management.

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Joint training initiatives aimed at addressing the shortage of Air Traffic Controllers across the country were considered as the Nigerian Air Force training centre in Kaduna which recently got accredited by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) would see at least 20 NAMA staff being trained annually.

Wole Shadare

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