May 19, 2024

AIMAN to FG: Exempt NAMA from 50% IGR automatic deductions

AIMAN to FG: Exempt NAMA from 50% IGR automatic deductions

By Ezra Ukanwa

The Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMAN) has called on the Federal Government, FG, to exclude Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) from the 50 per cent automatic deduction from the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of the federal government agencies. 

AIMAN said the call was due to the critical role the agency (NAMA) plays in the sector, stressing that the “safety of air travel should be given priority over economic considerations.  

This was as AIMAN drew the attention of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo to prevail to intensify efforts towards implementing the Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Automation in Nigeria.

The former President of AIMAN, William George Ngerem who made the call in his address to mark the 2024 World AIS Day, in Lagos, appreciated Keyamo for facilitating the approval of a N40 billion intervention fund for NAMA towards the completion of AIS Automation, upgrading of navigational aids, surveillance and communication facilities.

Ngerem, therefore, appealed to the Honourable Minister and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engr Umar Farouk “to sustain this unprecedented and renewed commitment to bring AIS Automation to completion as it would enhance air to ground communication as well as attract other benefits to the Nigerian airspace.” 

Also, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr Umar Farouk disclosed that the agency was at the verge of flagging off the AIS Automation, having attained about 90% completion of the project. 

Engr Farouk who was represented by the NAMA Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary, Barr. Isemiuhonmon Rita Egbadon, affirmed that the agency was “leaving no stone unturned in its drive to commission this laudable project given that the integration of AIS Automation into the operations of NAMA would boost our revenue generation profile.”

“We know that digitalization is key to development. We know that AIS Automation will bring about a Geographic Information System (GIS) which will guide and enhance our operations. It will also digitalize NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) systems. It will help to automate weather observing systems as well. It will provide pilots with accurate data for operations. It will also help to collaborate in the decision making system, so there is no going back on Automation,” Farouk added.