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Published On: Wed, Jun 11th, 2014

NAMA, Air Force gear up for further airspace co-ordination

NAMA_LogoStories by Suleiman Idris

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Nigerian Air Force have concluded talks on how both will work to sustain its collaboration on strategic management of the Nigeria airspace to enhance the overall safety of both military and civilian flyers. The two held talks in Lagos when a delegation of the Nigerian Air Force paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam and held crucial discussions with NAMA management on issues bordering on collaborative airspace management, civil-military coordination, training of Air Force officers by NAMA and the military radar which is the military equivalent of TRACON.

Leader of the delegation and Director of Air Traffic Services, Comdr. Bello Garba, explained that the visit was to strengthen the existing mutual relationship between the Nigerian Air Force and NAMA, stressing that “this synergy is particularly critical in view of the nation’s current security challenges”.
Comdr. Garba commended agency’s role in quelling the on-going insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country and solicited it’s assistance in the provision of technical expertise in the installation
of a military radar and the needed capacity to man the equipment.

Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam noted that the Nigerian Air Force has always been an ally of NAMA as the statutory role of the two organizations are complimentary, stressing that NAMA has always been at the forefront of the Civil-Military Coordination meeting.
He said the on-going multi-lateration project in the Gulf of Guinea would effectively capture low-level aircraft in the area including military helicopters while promising NAMA would provide the Nigerian
Air Force with the needed manpower training and technical information on the military radar and other logistics. Meanwhile, seven representatives of NAMA drawn from the Search and
Rescue Department at the weekend in Abuja participated in a live simulation exercise on air crash outside the vicinity of an Airport. Organized by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the exercise which took place at the National Fire Academy, Shada Abuja, was among other things, to demonstrate the nation’s preparedness in responding to air crash accidents as well as rescue coordination strategies outside the confines of an aerodrome.

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