The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has embarked on the upgrade of its surveillance infrastructure across the nation’s airports and other remote installations across the country. This, according to NAMA is part of its efforts to enhance the safety and security of the nation’s airspace,

In a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Alhaji Abdullahi Musa, President Bola Tinubu has approved an onsite visit to Spain by critical staff of the agency to inspect some of the facilities as well as engage technology solution providers to address security challenges as well upgrade the agency’s surveillance systems.

The Managing Director of NAMA, Engr Ahmed Farouk, who disclosed this while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, noted that the NAF remained a valuable ally to the agency with regards to the safety and security of the nation’s airspace.

Engr Farouk stated that the collaboration between the two agencies over time had been critical to the sustenance of airspace safety and security in Nigeria. In his words, “NAMA handles civil operations, while the Air Force oversees security. Our close collaboration is vital for maintaining a safe and secure airspace.”

Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Abdulkadir who led the NAF delegation stated that NAF had recently enhanced its capabilities to secure the nation’s airspace with new platforms designed for national air defense and stationed with the Air Defense Group in Makurdi, stressing that the NAF had also completed its day training and was close to finishing night trainings, which would enable rapid response and interception of any intruders in the Nigerian airspace.

He also shared an update on the NAF’s enhanced capabilities to monitor and identify all aircraft entering and exiting the Nigerian airspace, adding that improved collaboration and partnership between NAMA and the NAF would sustain the current security and safety in the nation’s airspace.

AVM Abdulkadir described NAMA and NAF as “twin children of the same mother”, saying that NAF’s responsibility for airspace security complements NAMA’s role in airspace management.

Joint training initiatives aimed at addressing the shortage of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) across the country were considered as NAF training centre in Kaduna which recently got accredited by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) would see at least 20 NAMA staff being trained annually.