…makes case for enhanced tech in Airspace mgt.
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the completion of the first phase of night landing facility at the Benin Airport, which resulted from a strong synergy between the state government and the agency.
The governor gave the commendation at the 5th Annual General Meeting/Conference of National Air Traffic Communicators Association of Nigeria (NACAN) with the theme: “The Impact of AMHS/ATN on National Airspace Administration and Air Navigation Plan,” held in Benin City, Edo State.
He said, “I want to thank NAMA for the work they have done with the state government at the Benin Airport. NAMA has worked closely with us, which has enabled us to complete the first phase of work to ensure we have night landing facility at the Benin Airport. We express our gratitude for their support.”
He urged NACAN to work assiduously to improve the air transportation record as so much is expected from air traffic communicators if the country must achieve a culture of safety, regularity, efficiency and economical operations of air navigation in line with the provision of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
He urged NACAN to “avail themselves with regular training to come up with best practice to be at par with what is happening in other parts of the world. I expect that the theme of the conference will drive home this point.”
Obaseki called on the participants to further examine the impact of technology to be able to come up with practicable solutions to enhance their operations and improve the aviation industry.
He averred that one per cent of the 200 million population of Nigeria travel by air, creating a huge aviation market and making it the largest, with high traffic in Africa.
The President of NACAN, Comrade Nkambo George, commended the governor for the support, hospitality and for his enviable strides in the state, which have earned him accolades across the country.
George noted that the theme for the event was chosen to create awareness of new technologies which seek to replace the aging Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network (AFTA).
“This conference also provides opportunity to engage with policy makers, experts and professionals in the field so that efforts made by NAMA in deploying new technology can better be appreciated,” he said.