The Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Mr. Lawrence Pwajok says, the agency has deployed it technical staff to the Makurdi airport for resumption of flight into Benue State.
According to Mr. Pwajok, air traffic controllers, engineers, aeronautical information and communication officers have been deployed to Makurdi to take over from the military.
Speaking on the deployment of air navigation facilities to airport during the oversight visit of the joint National Assembly Committees on Aviation to NAMA in Lagos, he said, his staff and managers were fully on ground in Makurdi as well as facilities that can support the military equipment there.
He stated, the agency had also designed satellite navigation capability into Makurdi and awaiting it publication.
“We signed an agreement with the state government, the Air Force, NAMA, FAAN in December and that MoU was for us to move in there to provide the air navigation services to provide for civil flight operations and we have moved in there and we are providing air traffic services and air navigation services for the safety of any civil flight that might need to operate there”.
The Acting NAMA boss said, the Benue State Government is also planning to build a new airport in the state, adding that, last week ago, there was an inspection of a new airport location in the state in conjunction with the ministry of Aviation and other aviation agencies.
“The state government invited us to access and evaluate a new site for a state government airport but for the military airport or the Makurdi airport itself”.
Mr. Pwjok assured that, NAMA was objective and willing to ensure deployment of navigation equipment are adequately reflective of the geographic location of the country.