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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency vows to improve safety profile of nation’s airspace

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Fola Akinkuotu, has pledged to airlines and other users of Nigerian airspace that his agency is hard at work in developing the safety profile of Nigerian aviation.

With a year of also being the agency’s Chief Executive apart from being Managing Director, under his belt, Akinkuotu said that his administration is keen on continuing to propel the agency to “provide our customers and clients with the best possible service at all times, making sure that flights depart and land safely even in adverse weather conditions, maintaining a well-trained and well- motivated workforce, and doing everything we can to sustain and improve upon the safety record of the Nigerian airspace.”

Akinkuotu remarked that in order to accomplish that goal, NAMA would need the cooperation of stakeholders of the aviation sector.

He reported that the agency faced a multitude of challenges last year but still managed to attain achievements and progress in critical areas such as the replacement of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) in two strategic airports in Nigeria.

Other achievements include the increase in staff training and improvement in staff welfare.

“Many of our colleagues received their long-awaited promotions across the line all the way to General Manager Grade level, and it was particularly pleasing to see three of our very own elevated to the esteemed position of substantive directors in the agency,” Akinkuotu said.

The NAMA chief also said that the agency has committed resources to provide facilities with the essentials in communication, navigation and surveillance.

He also added “management’s policy on capacity building has precipitated the training of different categories of critical staff to effectively man these sophisticated technologies.”

In spite of their progress, Akinkuotu still encouraged his people to throw their support behind the administration and continue their unwavering dedication to their duties and responsibilities.

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