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Getting a visa to visit another African country has typically meant being buried in a mountain of paperwork and also expensive visa fees. When procured, the visas are typically only for a short duration. Even then, getting the visa isn’t enough to stave off extra hassles at entry points no thanks to the suspicions of immigration officers who sometimes appear bemused that another African is visiting their country as a tourist.
But this year, in line with recommendations by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in its Africa Visa Openness report, more countries have began making it a lot easier for other Africans to visit.
Prevention as we all know is better than cure, it is base on this principle that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has taken a précised, timely and proactive measure in ensuring that appropriate standard are put in place including a well trained personnel on Nigerian Airspaces. The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has commenced a comprehensive competency appraisal of all Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Officers in all airports across the country.
The exercise which is targeted at testing AIS officers in areas such as Aeronautical Charts, AIS Publication and Operations started from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and is to proceed to other airports in the country in the coming weeks. Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu stressed that greater attention must be given to information relayed by AIS officers to enhance safety of air navigation.
He said, “Considering the pivotal role aeronautical information plays in safety of air navigation, and in the light of ongoing migration to AIS Automation, due consideration must be given to the integrity of data being disseminated to airspace users, hence this exercise.” Akinkuotu who said NAMA places premium on building capacity of staff noted that sustained training and retraining of personnel is being carried out by the agency.