A total of N1. 5 billion has been saved by the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for engaging the services of indigenous engineers for the maintenance of its facilities across the airports in the past two years.
The acting Managing Director of NAMA, Engr Emmanuel Anasi who disclosed this while briefing members of the House Committee on Aviation led by Hon Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, said the money was saved following the disengagement of manufacturers of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria TRACON which led to the maintenance of its facilities by indigenous engineers.
According to the acting Managing Director, the installers of the facility left two years ago having trained their Nigerians counterparts on the radar maintenance.
While praising the ingenuity of the engineers, Anasi disclosed that the agency needed more funds to enable it upgrade the TRACON system to meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO standards and systems migrate to new technology aimed at harmonising its activities.
According Anasi, nothing was wrong with the TRACON but he explained that some of the systems were not included when the radar was installed.
He noted that well equipped facilities will further reduce work load on the Air Traffic Controllers.
The NAMA boss also said the country’s airspace remained very safe and working towards improving the system.
He also announced that a team of NAMA engineers were presently in Maiduguri working on the voice communication to enhance communication between the pilot and Controllers.