Aviation stakeholders meeting in Uyo have identified key areas militating against effective air services operations, lamenting that the sector lacked essential facilities and well-trained personnel to ensure the industry complied with the international air safety standards.
The officials drawn from various regulatory agencies including the Accident Investigation Bureau ,AIS; Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA; Aeronautical Information Services ,AIS; Nigerian College of Aviation Technology ,NCAT, and other associations within the sector, identified safety-trust as the major plank for which the sector derives its strength.
According to them, the industry has been striving to meet the regulatory standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation , ICAO, in the area of automation of Aeronautical Information Services, AIS, since 1998, lamenting that problem of funding has been hampering its implementation.
Addressing the forum, which ended yesterday in Uyo, the President of the Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria, AISAN, Mr. Shittu Babatunde, recalled, “ICAO has since 1998 sensitised all contracting states on the need for the services of AIS to be automated.”
He regretted, “ever since then in Nigeria, we have been hearing and reading on the pages of newspapers of AIS automation and it is yet to be completed.”
While lamenting that the project might not be completed even in 2016, Shittu, who identified funding as the major challenge stalling the completion of the project, however, called on the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka and other agencies to ensure air safety is guaranteed by fixing the information management system in the industry.
The Commissioner in-charge of Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Dr. Felix Abali, who chaired the conference, underscored the importance of safety in the industry and stressed the need for qualified professionals to man key sectors in the industry for efficient management of the air transport system in Nigeria.
“It is axiomatic to state that safety is the primary concern of the aviation community worldwide, be it military, civil, scheduled or non-scheduled flights operations, charter services or commercial aviation, using any form of aircraft.
He noted that air traffic incidents or accidents occur in the event of what he described as “corrupt, erroneous, late or missing aeronautical information or data”, adding that it was time the industry migrated from AIS to AIM, as flights grapple with increasing passengers and global skies contend with congestion.

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