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Mon, Jul 31, 2023 8:50 AM

Addressing Poor Communications in Nigerian Airspace: NAMA Awards Contract for Upgrades

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Addressing Poor Communications in Nigerian Airspace: NAMA Awards Contract for Upgrades
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has taken a significant step towards addressing the poor communications between pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in the country's airspace. NAMA has awarded a contract to a reputable company for the upgrade of communication facilities at five international airports. This move aims to attract more foreign airlines and, consequently, increase revenue for the agency and the nation as a whole. NAMA has also recruited 100 new ATCs to replace the aging workforce and tackle the inadequate personnel challenge.

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is proactively working to enhance safety and efficiency in the Nigerian airspace by addressing the long-standing issue of poor communication between pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs). In a recent development, NAMA has awarded a contract to a reputable company to upgrade communication facilities at the five international airports, including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Enugu.

The upgrade project, which is set to commence soon, aims to bridge the communication gap that has led some foreign airlines to avoid Nigerian airspace. By improving communication channels, NAMA hopes to regain the trust of these airlines and attract them back, thereby increasing revenues for the agency and the country.

Mr. Tayib Odunowo, the Managing Director of NAMA, emphasized the agency's determination to overcome the communication challenge. He stated that NAMA has installed state-of-the-art facilities at airports and stations across the country, including solar-powered transmitters in major airports and strategic stations. These advanced facilities are expected to reduce communication failures and enhance the overall efficiency of the Nigerian airspace.

Recognizing the need for an informed approach, NAMA has formed a committee consisting of technical personnel, including pilots and ATCs. This committee has identified key challenges related to communication gadgets and is working towards finding effective solutions. Additionally, NAMA has initiated an Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) automation process to further address the communication issue.

Mr. Odunowo explained that the ongoing efforts represent phase one in resolving the communication challenge. The agency has conducted a thorough power audit and deployed suitable interventions to bridge the communication gap. By implementing solar-powered transmitters and increasing manpower, particularly in the upper airspace, NAMA aims to significantly improve communication between pilots and ATCs.

Phase two of the exercise, according to Mr. Odunowo, will focus on other crucial aspects identified by the committee, ensuring comprehensive solutions are in place.

The upgrade project and the recruitment of new ATCs reflect NAMA's commitment to enhancing the Nigerian airspace's quality. By addressing the poor communication issue, NAMA seeks to improve operational efficiency, boost revenue generation, and restore international confidence in the Nigerian aviation sector.

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