NAMA set to automate AIS department

By Oyise Oghene

LAGOS-The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has declared that it would soon complete the automation of the Aeronautical information Service (AIS) department  following the arrival of equipment for the full automation.

Disclosing this development to newsmen while commenting on the world AIS day Celebration, National President of the Aeronautical Information Service of Nigeria (AISAN), Comrade Paul Igene pointed out that antenna for seven airports across the country has just arrived the country.

According to Comrade Igene, the NAMA management under Engr. Nnamdi Udoh has assured of the full automation of the system with the commencement of that of the Murtal Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

“Over two decades now, we have been fighting for the AIS automation and we give glory to God that this present managing director has seen the AIS automation as his baby. All over the world including some African countries have gotten the automation” Igene affirmed.

The AISAN President however decried that it has been a difficult task working manually in bringing out flight plans especially with shortage of staff in the department.

“With AIS automation, it will make the job easier for us and it will be a real time information” he added.

According to Comrade Igene, the 2012 world AIS day with its theme AIRAC implementation in Nigeria will be low keyed and will be held in Akure Ondo State capital.

He however revealed that the management of NAMA has assured of recruiting and redeployment of staff to AIS department adding that by June this year, it would have been settled.

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