CThe Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said the proposed deployment of multilateration surveillance system in the Niger Delta area by the federal government is fully on course as the agency received the report on Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Assessment of Low Level Flight Operations-Helicopters in that region.
General Manager, Public Affairs of the agency, Supo Atobatele, said as part of its implementation plan, the agency early this year commissioned Nav Star Consulting of Canada to prepare a report for the sole purpose of assisting NAMA in making decisions regarding the scope of control of low-level flight operations in the region.
The report was based on the information provided by NAMA, its respective advisers and representatives and selected third parties. The estimates, assumptions and findings underlying the recommendations, according to the firm, are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.
“The report is exclusively meant for the information of senior management and key stakeholders of NAMA and its representatives. The preparation of the report and the analysis is at the request of NAMA in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s agreement for consulting services between NAMA and Nav Star Consulting,” Atobatele said.
The Managing Director of the agency, Nnamdi Udoh, while receiving the report from the director of Operations, John Oyegiri, said the technical input from the consulting firm would be scrutinised before launching into the next phase of the project which is the implementation billed for 2014.
Describing the report on the operation of Helicopters in that region as essential for the successful take-off of the new surveillance system, Udoh noted that the step taken by the agency was in line with global practices before embarking on this safety critical project like the case in reference.