Perm Sec advocates strategic synergy between NAMA, NAF
THE Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello has called for an enhanced strategic collaboration between Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and the Nigerian Air Force in the management of the nation’s airspace.
Hajia Bello who was represented at this year’s Airspace Management Seminar which held at the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, by the managing director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, noted that this kind of collaboration between the civil and military is needed especially now to ensure success in the fight against insurgency, stressing that the deployment of Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria, TRACON along with other Air Traffic Management technologies by NAMA has greatly enhanced the safety and security of the Nigerian airspace.
Also in a statement, the managing director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam stated that the deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance –Contract/ Controller Pilot Data Link Communication, ADS-C/ CPDLC, by NAMA would boost military reconnaissance activities as well as the discreet operations like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs because the data link communication provides for a unique channel of communication for the exchange of messages between each aircraft and Air Traffic Control without other aircraft being privy to the conversation. Engr. Abdulsalam therefore pledged the agency’s readiness “to support and partner with the military in the area of personnel training within the limits of available resources,’’ just as he promised to fast-track the ratification of Standard Operating Procedures for the operation of UAVs in the Nigerian airspace by the civil and military authorities. This year’s Airspace Management Seminar with the theme “Exploiting Airspace Dominance/Ubiquity in Counterterrorism/Counter-insurgency – Roles of UAVs and Radar Coverage” was attended by representatives from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the Nigerian Army as well as the Nigerian Navy.