Nigerian Airspace Management Agency [NAMA], has been given additional responsibilities to effectively manage the nation’s airspace as the federal government directed the agency to over see airfield lighting at all airports and also be in charge of bird harzard control.
Similarly, the Agency under the new dispensation is to take over the calibration unit otherwise known as Navigational Aids Flight Inspection and Surveillance [NAFIS] from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority [NCAA].
This directive given to the affected agencies by the Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah takes immediate effect.
The exercise according to the minister, ’’is in line with the federal government’s transformation agenda for the industry’’.
All the Chief Executives of the affected agencies have been directed to work out modalities for the take over and complete the details for same.
The managing director of NAMA, Engineer Mazi Nnamdi Udoh addressing the management staff of the agency in Lagos on Thursday over the new development, remarked that the workforce, especially the technical staff would have to brace up for the emerging challenges.
The NAMA boss, describing the additional job as enormous, reminded the staff of the need to realign for corporate goal of providing high quality air traffic services.
‘’With these huge responsibilities given to NAMA, we need to settle down and work assidiously to justify the new status bestowed on the agency by the federal government’’, the managing director stressed.
NAMA by the Act No.48 of 1999 has the mandate to provide Air Navigation Services in the country and commenced operation in January, 2000.