THE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has begun a 24-hour en-route radar service to airspace users at the Kano and Lagos Area Control Centres, ACCs.
In a statement yesterday, the agency stated that the area radar service which formerly was only available between Mondays and Fridays from 7am to 7pm had now been extended to 24hours daily and seven days a week.
The statement quoted the managing director, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, as saying that “this feat became feasible following an aggressive manpower training by the agency to boost capacity of safety critical air traffic control and engineering personnel required to provide the service,” maintaining that “with this development we have further enhanced safety and efficiency in air traffic management because the use of radar increases capacity to maximise utilisation of available airspace with precision, accuracy and less workload to the air traffic controllers and flight crew while also enabling aircraft to fly at optimum trajectories.”
Engr. Abdulsalam, who noted that the non-stop provision of area radar service was in line with the ongoing digitalisation of the Nigerian airspace by the agency, expressed confidence that flight times would be further reduced due to direct routing, translating to reduced fuel consumption by the airlines.
He added that round-the-clock radar surveillance would give a boost to the nation’s preparedness in search and rescue operations.
It will be recalled that NAMA on May 30, 2013, successfully commenced the provision of area radar control service within the Nigerian airspace, enabling the agency to seamlessly manage en-route flights digitally with efficiency and exactitude.

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