Lagos - The spate of air crashes and subsequent concerns regarding the safety of the local airspace have set air traffic controllers and engineers on a collision course.
While the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) said the country's airspace was safe, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) argued such assurances were to the contract.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos recently, NATCA insisted that navigation equipments at various airports have become obsolete and posed serious danger to air safety.
NATCA President Victor Enyaru, declared that Communication and Navigation Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) facilities nationwide had not been refurbished over the years.
He said that with the current state of the facilities, safety of air passengers and aircraft could not be guaranteed.
Enyaru called on the government to avail funds for such refurbishments.
However, in a reaction to such concerns, NAAE insists NACTA is misleading the public.
“Anybody, union or agency that says the country's airspace is unsafe for flying is merely misleading the public,” President of NAAE, Engineer Ebenezer Makanjuola, said.
He said the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) had over the years improved the navigational equipment in the country’s airspace.
He reiterated that the equipment installed in the various airports across the country met international standards and assured the traveling public of a “very safe” airspace.
Makanjuola said the air crashes the country had experienced could be attributed to equipment failure. He however noted there might be hitches in the tracking system but that was not enough to argue the airspace was not safe.
– CAJ News