SA firm secures local airport control centres
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has entered into a partnership with a South African state-owned technology firm to provide long- range communication facilities in the Lagos and Kano Airport control centres.
The Managing Director of NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, who disclosed the deal with the South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA), said that the facilities would assist in the decongestion of busy ATC frequencies at the control centres, thereby promoting safe and efficient flow of traffic within the nation’s airspace.
Abdulsalam, said the deployment of the equipment would also boost revenue collection by providing adequate, accurate and timely data for effective billing and collection.
“With the increasing growth in air traffic and the growing demand for air navigation services, there is a need for NAMA to deploy appropriate infrastructure and technology in order to enhance capacity in safety-critical areas as well as in search and rescue coordination,” he said.
The NAMA boss also said that the agency had concluded plans to develop a strategic disaster recovery centre for the provision of communication, surveillance and air traffic management to enhance uninterrupted services.
He added that when in place, the centre would equally provide online, real-time information in the event of unforeseen contingencies.
In addition, as part of the project, Abdulsalam said the agency would acquire two mobile radar trucks for the Lagos and Abuja airports, as well as additional mobile control towers for contingency use and installation of three dimensional virtual tower simulators in both airports for in-house training.
– CAJ News
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