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FG to set up radio communications system for airspace

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FEDERAL government has promised a state- of- the- art radio communications system for the country to further ensure a safe and efficient airspace.

The Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Fola Akinkuotu, made this known while speaking at an Air Controllers/Pilot Interactive Session in Lagos with the theme “Enhancing Safety of Flight Operations.”

Akinkuotu stated that the government’s position, also vowed that all challenges experienced in the area of communications were being tackled with relentless vigour.

Radio communication is a critical factor in pilots-Air Traffic Controllers and pilot-pilot exchanges during flight operations.

The managing director informed the public that Nigeria’s airspace deserves the very best radio communications system and that government was working to deliver it.

He stated that there was no going back in achieving an efficient radio communication.

According to him, “we have made inroads in the area of radio communications but there are challenges…. I want to assure my colleagues, the pilots and the controllers that efforts are being made. And we are not going to stop. I am not going to stop, so long as I am in NAMA, from trying to deliver an optimally functional radio communications system for our airspace.”

Akinkuotu, who is a pilot and an aeronautical engineer, explained that it was essential for communication between the pilots and ATCs to be crisp and clear, adding that, “part of NAMA’s job is communication. We will keep trying; we will not rest until we fix it. We will fix it.”

He hinted that though there have been “attestations that there have been some remarkable improvements,” he would not be satisfied until peak efficiency was attained.

“For me, good is not good enough. Why not the best?” he said.

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