President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the aviation ministry for making the country be in full control of its airspace and for its international recognition after been blacklisted in 2005.
The president made the commendation yesterday when he led the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoeye Azazzi, the three service chiefs and other top government functionaries to the commissioning of the ‘Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria’ (TRACON).
“Nigeria with a blacklisted airspace in 2005, has now become a nation with full control of its total territorial airspace through this project. Coming on the heels of Nigeria’s attainment of the American Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 Certificate, this is a testimony to the unwavering commitment in ensuring a safer and more secure aviation services,” the president added.
In her speech, the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, stated that the project was conceived out of the need to have a total coverage of the Nigerian airspace by radar and also to modernise the country’s air space infrastructure to meet the key requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Communications Navigation Surveillance and Air Traffick Management.
It would be recalled that the contract for the project was signed in 2003 under Mrs Kema Chikwe who was the Aviation Minister.
TRACON comprises of four primary and five secondary radar heads co-located at Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Por-Harcourt, which are the four international airports in the country.