BY Daniel Eteghe
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has expressed readiness to spend the sum of N978 million for the installation of Solar Energy to power all the nine (9) sites of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON).
Managing Director of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo said that in order to ensure a seamless electricity supply that would facilitate speedy air navigation of TRACON that the sites would be complemented with an additional Automatic Voltage Regulators to stabilise the system.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NAMA, Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo had in an interview with some newspaper editors said that one of the major challenges facing the Agency was that of electricity to power its equipment, especially the TRACON and that Solar Energy was being contemplated as an alternative source.
Already, the Agency has embarked on the massive renovation of Control Towers in 13 airports across the country with the installation of new state of the art consoles and are being fitted with VHF radios for Air Traffic Control (ATC).
The renovation which cost N1.3billion are to be carried out in the following airports: Akure, Yola, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kaduna, Benin, Ilorin, Ibadan, Mina, Enugu, Calabar, Owerri and Jos.
When contacted, the General Manager, Public Affairs of NAMA, Prince Supo Atobatele confirmed the development and added that the Agency was not relenting in ensuring constant improvement in the provision of quality and efficient air navigation to airlines.
He said last year, the Agency installed Conventional Very High Omni-Directional Radio Range (CVOR) /Distance Measuring Equipment(DME) in Enugu and Instrument Landing System(ILS)and DME in Katsina.
Alhaji Auyo further noted that the VOR/DME was installed at Kishi in Oyo State and in Gboko, Plateau State which serve as a boost to the En-route Stations.