A visiting top-level technical team of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has expressed delight in the capacity and performance of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) equipment in guaranteeing safety of air navigation in the country.
The Director-General of the Ghana CAA, Mr. Abdulahi Alhassan, who led the Ghanaian delegation to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), made his view known, after a facility tour of some of the agency’s installations at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, in Lagos, including the TRACON site and control tower.
“We are highly impressed with what we have seen here, both in terms of technical infrastructure and human capacity to effectively man these facilities and guarantee safety of air travel in the country,” Alhassan said.
Earlier, in a reception at the NAMA headquarters complex, in Lagos, Alhassan told NAMA officials that their mission to Nigeria was to seek the nation’s support in the co-management of the Accra airspace, which includes Togo and Benin as against plan to sectorise the airspace.
According to Alhassan: “It is our belief that ASECNA has not followed due process in its bid to sectorise the Accra airspace. It is a matter that the three bodies (ASECNA, GCAA and NAMA) should discuss at a round table, because of its regional safety and security implications and the position of Ghana is that we co-manage the airspace rather than sectorise it.”
In his remarks, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, maintained that, as neighbours, Nigeria was in the middle of the whole issue, which made it necessary for a quick resolution.
He assured his guests that Nigeria was disposed to a peaceful and amicable resolution of the issues, stressing that “we are committed to co-operating with both Ghana and ASECNA in our determination to ensure safety of the African sky.”