By Adegboyega Oni
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Aeronautic Division, has given a pass mark to the standards of all air navigational infrastructures provided by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in the entire nation’s airports and expressed confidence that they would guarantee maximum safety of air travel in the country.
The aeronautic engineers, led by their Division Chairman, Engr. Patrick Achurufe, made the remark while on a tour of navigational facilities in Lagos airport.
Engr. Patrick Achurufe noted that their findings in terms of facilities deployment had boosted their confidence in the safety of the Nigerian airspace and this had revealed that the present NAMA management had done a lot in acquisition of critical infrastructure and training of personnel.
“Our on-the-spot assessment of the nation’s navigational tools and how these facilities were being deployed by the personnel in operations revealed that the present NAMA management has done a lot in terms of acquisition of critical infrastructure and training of appropriate personnel,” said Engineer Patrick Achurufe.
Commending the NAMA staff for their diligence and hard work, Achurufe said his members were amazed at the dexterity and efficiency with which critical personnel discharged their duties both in communicating with pilots, vectoring aircraft and surveillance of the airspace in general.
Achurufe extolled the federal government on the massive investment in the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project and called for a sustained upgrade of the facility. “Given that aviation is dynamic, most components of these facilities need to be upgraded from time to time in line with world best practices and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specification,” said he.
In his own remark, the Vice Chairman of the group, Engr. Godwin Balang advocated for uninterrupted power supply from the national grid to ensure that the facilities operate at optimum capacity as he urged government to ensure adequate supply of spares for effective maintenance of the systems.
With membership drawn from all engineers working in the aviation sector, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Aeronautical Division, was established to promote the growth of the profession and to ensure standards and best practices are maintained in the aviation sector.