The Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMAN), has urged the Federal Government to approve a special intervention fund to speed up completion of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) automation in the country.
The association said this would ensure enhanced safety and efficiency in the Nigerian airspace and bring Nigeria at par with other Western and African nations that had made laudable advancements in this regard.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President of AIMAN, Mr William Ngerem made the call on Wednesday at the 2019 World AIS Day in Lagos.
Ngerem noted that the theme of this year’s celebration, “The Benefits of Automation to Aeronautical Information Management’’, was apt due to the challenges being faced in the implementation.
“While the realisation of the AIS Automation has been ongoing for a very long time, I must not fail to commend the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika for his efforts at upgrading navigational facilities around the country,’’ he said.
According to him, the ongoing installation of Category 3 Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) in Lagos and Abuja will improve the ability of aircraft to land at zero visibility, especially during the harmattan haze, which before now has been a perennial problem.
Ngerem said the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu had been focused on delivering the AIS Automation project.
He, however, noted that in spite of these efforts to transit from the AIS to the Aeronautical Information Management (AIM), there were still some challenges which needed to be addressed.
The AIMAN president said these included training of AIS personnel on Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) and Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS).
He said so far, out of 245 AIS personnel in NAMA, only 26 staff had received trainings required to run the automation which was below the requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Also speaking, the General Manager AIS, NAMA, Mr Kabir Gusau, said the transition from AIS to AIM was very important, adding that Nigeria should not be left behind.
He said the automation project when fully implemented would ensure increased productivity and improved safety in the aviation industry.
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