FG’s aviation duty waiver in jeopardy as NAMA pays over N100m to clear Navaids

.. As Customs denies agency duty waiver Despite the much talked about duty waivers granted the aviation industry by the federal government, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had declined the request of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on the duty waiver it requested for to clear the navigation aids at the Lagos seaport The managing director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkutu who disclosed this in Lagos stated that rather, it paid over a hundred million naira to clear the imported equipment worth about N1bn. Akinkuotu said the equipment, which were…

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Our navigational facilities are operating optimally- NAMA

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has dismissed a press statement by the Nigerian Air Traffic Controller’s Association (NATCA) on the poor state of navigational infrastructure in the country, describing such claims as false. NAMA stated that the claim by Air Traffic Controllers that the diversion on the 6th of January, 2020 of a British Airways London Heathrow – Lagos bound BA 075 flight to Accra was occasioned by the degraded state of navigational and landing facilities due to lack of calibration was total untrue. NAMA in a statement signed…

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NAMA to begin installation of VSAT station, VHF radio systems at Akanu Ibiam Airport

Photo Caption: NAMA Director of Operations, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok (left) presents a souvenir to Rtd Air Marshal Adeola Amosu at the just concluded NATCA AGM in Kano, while NATCA President, Yomi Agoro (middle) looks on. Following the successful installation of the VSAT (very small aperture terminal) station at the Jos airport and the integration of the VHF (very high frequency) into the network in the North East corridor, the Nigerian airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will this week commence the installation of another VSAT station and VHF radio systems at the…

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NAMA takes delivery of CAT 3 ILS for Lagos, Abuja

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has taken delivery of consignments of equipment for category 3 Instrument Landing Systems/Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME) for Lagos and Abuja airports. The consignments which were cleared over the weekend from Apapa wharf are already at the premises of the agency in Lagos. Speaking on this development, the managing director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said installation of these landing aids which will commence soon, is part of the agency’s effort to ensure that aircraft land in adverse weather condition especially during the harmattan. He…

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NAMA tasks ICAO on ATSEP licensing, says it would enhance safety

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has charged the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to consider as a matter of urgency, the inclusion of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) licensing in its Annex1 to the Chicago Convention. This the agency says would place the responsibility to ensure safety on the holder because a license is the confirmation of competence in a specific safety related area. Speaking at the just concluded 9th International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) hosted by the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers…

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NAMA begins installation of prefabricated pilot joint briefing offices

Efforts by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to digitalize the nation’s aeronautical information service (AIS) have received a bolster as the agency recently commenced the installation of prefabricated pilot joint briefing offices nationwide. The installation team which has completed work at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos has proceeded to another airport and is expected to continue the installation in 21 airports and 3 aerodromes nationwide. When operational, the prefabricated offices will provide a one-stop shop at the airside where crew members can obtain AIS briefing, meteorological information and make…

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NAMA seeks IATA collaboration on critical manpower training

Photo Caption: L-R: NAMA MD, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, IATA manager, Safety and Flight Operations-ATM Infrastructure Focus, West and Central Africa, Yassine El Charkaoui and Director of Operations, NAMA, Pwajok Mathew Lawrence  during the technical meeting at NAMA hqtrs in Lagos  The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has canvassed for partnership and support from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the training of critical manpower of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in the AFI Region. The managing director of NAMA Capt. Fola Akinkuotu who made these remarks while receiving the…

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NAMA boss tasks unions on peaceful dialogue, decries indebtedness of state aerodromes

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has called on industrial unions and professional associations to sustain the prevailing industrial harmony in the system through peaceful and meaningful engagement with management. Managing director of NAMA Capt. Fola Akinkuotu who gave this charge during an interactive forum with aviation unions and representatives of professional bodies at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos said the call had become imperative as “no organization can thrive in an atmosphere of rancour and disharmony, hence the need for us to embrace peace both as management staff and…

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NAMA takes delivery of critical spare parts for TRACON

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has taken delivery of another consignment of critical spare parts required for the continuous service and operation of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON). The consignment which was cleared at the Apapa port in Lagos from Thales Group, in France include MES1 1400A power supply modules, control units and other critical units that would be used by NAMA engineers to effect repairs on any of the nine TRACON installations across the country as may be required to ensure optimal functioning of the system.…

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NAMA unveils new ILS at Benin Airport

Economic activities in the ancient city of Benin, the Edo State capital have received a boost following the commissioning of Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Benin airport recently installed by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Making this revelation at a town hall meeting with staff at the agency’s headquarters annex in Ikeja Lagos, the managing director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said this was in line with an earlier   pledge by the agency to upgrade navigational infrastructure in strategic airports across the country in a bid…

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