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Aviation industry making progress, says NAMA

Aviation industry making progress, says NAMA

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, says the aviation industry has made some considerable progress and is on track for further growth.

Akinkuotu also revealed plans to improve the aviation sector’s communication, navigation and surveillance infrastructure in the next one year to further boost the safety of air travel in the country.

He said, “There is no doubt in my mind that this industry has made tremendous progress. In the years back, even up to the early 1970s, to use Instrument Landing System, we had to go to Cotonou but now the ILS is all over the place.

“As a matter of fact, we are not only clamouring for the ILS, we are clamouring for the ILS Category 3 and we want to land in zero visibility. We have been able to diversify our ability to manage the requirements of the industry. I think we have moved ahead but like everything in life, we always want more and therefore we should aspire for more. So, in terms of progress I believe we have made good progress but there is always room to improve.”

Speaking on zero air accident in 2017, Akinkuotu said it was a global goal that stakeholders in Nigeria’s aviation industry must always strive to maintain.

He added, “The accidents we have had in the past have helped us to look at the issues, to meet the challenges and therefore we congratulate ourselves by saying, well, 2017 was an accident-free year and we should do everything to maintain that.”

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