The managing director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu has said that the safety and security of the nation’s airspace depends largely on the capacity of critical personnel of both the agency and the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).
Speaking while receiving students and instructors of the Department of Air Warfare of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji at NAMA headquarters in Lagos, Akinkuotu said pledged to continue to support NAF in the training of its critical manpower especially in the area of air traffic control.
He said collaborative effort in training and retraining of staff by both agencies over time is imperative.
“This civil/military synergy and cooperation over the years has ensured that we have a robust capacity to manage our airspace which has remained safe and secure for efficient and seamless air navigation by both civil and military authorities,” he said.
The NAMA boss commended NAF for providing security around the agency’s navigational aids in airports nationwide saying “this has ensured that the nation’s critical assets are not vandalized or destroyed.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the team, Air Commodore Abubakar Liman, said their visit was to expose students of the college to the practical application of the basic management principles they acquired in the classroom to make analytical comparison between a typical military unit and a civil organization performing complementing roles with the aim of making the military better organized and the nation more secured.
Liman also hoped that with the quality of operational exposure the participants got from NAMA, the students who were mostly captains and majors “will be better equipped to handle higher responsibilities after graduation from the college.”