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Group concerned at ageing airport communication equipment

28 October 2013, 15:29

Abuja – Anti-Corruption Network, the Abuja-based group, has expressed concern at the state of communication facilities at some local airports.

According to the Executive Director of the group, Dino Melaye, said the “poor” state of such equipment needed urgent attention.

“It has become pertinent to draw attention to the precarious state of communication facilities within the Nigerian airspace under (Minister Stella) Oduah,” Melaye said.

He said pilot communication at the two Area Control Centres in Kano and Lagos had continued to constitute “nightmare and source of anguish” to controllers and pilot alike.

“The reliability of VHS radios has consistently caused anxiety for pilots and traffic controllers, thereby causing frequency congestion and additional work load. Aircraft at various times have narrowly avoided collision as a result of failure to communicate with the air traffic control unit at some point during the course of their flight, thus making us a subject of attack and a laughing stock among global aviation communities,” said Melaye.

Melaye also accused the Oduah of employing unqualified personnel to oversee the core areas of the industry.

“The minister’s policy of using outspent, inexperienced and unqualified persons to man core areas of our airports and other parastatals undermines the career prospects, progression and expectations of serving officers,” he said.

– CAJ News

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