Lagos – The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, has called for collaboration between Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Nigerian Air Force in the management of the nation’s airspace.
The call is contained in a statement issued on Monday by Mrs Olajumoke Adetona, the acting General Manager, Public Affairs, NAMA.
The statement said that Bello, who was represented by the Managing Director of NAMA, Mr Ibrahim Abdulsalam, made the call at the 2015 Airspace Management Seminar in Kaduna.
Bello said that the collaboration between the civil authorities and the military was needed, especially now, to ensure the success in the fight against insurgency.
“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.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560”]
“The deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance –Contract/ Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (ADS-C/ CPDLC) will boost military reconnaissance activities,” Bello said.
According to her, the collaboration will also boost discreet operations like the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Bello said the data link provided a unique channel of communication for the exchange of messages between each aircraft and air traffic control.
The permanent secretary also pledged the agency’s readiness to support and partner the military in area of personnel training within the limits of available resources.
Bello also 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. (NAN)