Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) has saved N1.5billion from the local maintenance of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria equipment by the Agency’s aeronautical engineers.
Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency,Emmanuel Anansi disclosed this in Lagos while playing host to the House Committee on Aviation at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
He said the maintenance contract signed with the manufacturer of the radar Thales of France expired two years,since then,the Agency’s engineers have taken it upon themselves to maintain the facilities.
According to the Acting Managing Director,NAMA was no longer indebted to the company that manufactured the radar that what the manufacturer was demanding now was the interest that form part of the purchase agreements.
He told members of the House Committee that the technology used in developing the radar has not been upgraded to meet the specification of the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO).
Anansi told the legislators that the Nigerian airspace was safe for all time navigation noting that”most of our equipment are working,our airspace is safe,we continue to work on it to be safer.”