The Aviation sector transformation programme focuses on the following key areas:
Aviation Safety and Security Components under the Transformation Programme are categorized into the following:
In recognition of the critical nature of accurate and real time weather services to safe navigation we have acquired state of the art technology, to enhance Meteorological safety within our air space. These equipments include:
· Lightning and thunderstorm detection equipment installed in 22 Nigerian airports.
· RETIM Synergy used for receiving real time weather images from the Meteorological Satellites, EUMETSAT operated by the European Union.
· High technology equipment employed by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency(NIMET) to accurately publicize the prediction of seasonal rainfall, flood alert and weather prediction on an annual basis for the past four(4)
· The Ministry has also initiated the process for the development of the National framework for the application of climate services.
It is worth nothing that NIMET has now received the ISO Certification (ISO 9001:2008) on Aeronautical Meteorological Services, making Nigeria the first in West Africa to achieve this. This certification is a confirmation of Nigeria’s compliance with international aviation standards and best practices in the provision of weather services for airline operations. This certification boosts the confidence of Airline Operators and other users of meteorological data and products.
Communication, Navigation, Surveillance Services and Infrastructure
· The Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria Project (TRACON) was conceived as a key requirement for the modernization of Nigerian Air Traffic Management Infrastructure.
· Nigeria has achieved Total VHF Radio Coverage of her airspace; located at eight (8) airports and an offsite location. This has brought our airspace at par with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.
· Establishment of five (5) Search and Rescue Centers.
· Acquisition of a sophisticated search and rescue aircraft and Continuation of collaboration with other relevant agencies, NEMA, NIMASA, NAF, NN etc to strengthen our search and rescue capacity
Accident Investigation & Prevention Systems, Processes and Infrastructure
· Enhancement of institutional capacity through the establishment of an Accident Investigation Laboratory to analyze cockpit voice recorder and black box. This is the first of its kind in West Africa.
· Safety improvement by identifying potential Hazards, proposing safety actions, and monitoring implementation of safety recommendations.
In response to new domestic and international challenges, the aviation sector has achieved the following in terms of aviation security:
ü Develop a new security strategy that recognizes the combined effect of international collaboration, skilled and well trained human resource as well as technology acquisition in a sustainable manner
ü Signed MOU and agreements with US Government for the reciprocal deployment of Air Marshal on aircraft bound to and coming from the United States of Nigeria
ü Intensify monitoring of implementations of all security measures
ü Installed CCTV surveillance cameras in all major airports
ü Installed advanced imagery Technology – Body Scanners
ü Recruited additional security personnel and intensified training and retraining of staff
The aviation sector has also achieved the following in the area of consumer protection
· Deployment of consumer protection officers to all airports in Nigeria.
· Development of a passenger Statement of Rights and stronger Regulations.
· Resolving over 86% of customers’ complaint.
· Production and distribution of Consumer Digest to increase awareness.
· Working on comprehensive technological platform and portal display at re-modelled terminals to provide critical information.
· Enhance airline efforts to provide better customer care and services.
The upgrading / redesign and reconstruction of terminal buildings across airports in the country were achieved under infrastructural development. These terminals divided into three (3) phases are as follows:
· General Aviation Terminal (MMA)
· International Terminal (MMA)
· Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, (International Terminal)
· Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, (Domestic Terminal)
· Kaduna Airport Terminal
· Margaret Ekpo International Airport Terminal, Calabar
· Benin Airport Terminal
· Akanu Ibiam International Airport Terminal, Enugu
· Sam Mbakwe Airport Terminal, Owerri
· Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal
· Yola Airport Terminal
· Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos
In addition to terminal construction, the following were also achieved under infrastructure development:
· Provision of 6 new 4.85MVA generators at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport which has replaced the 6 old 2.25MVA diesel electricity generating sets. The capacity provided by these new stand-by generators caters for the massive stand-by electricity requirements of the airport for the next 10 years.
· Procurement of Modern fire tenders for most airports, especially the major ones, to improve their level of fire cover, as recommended by ICAO and NCAA.
The following has been achieved under economic development in the aviation sector:
· Development of Two international aviation hubs in Lagos and Abuja to harness areas of comparative economic advantage especially in perishable produce, movement of person and goods to West and Central Africa region and ultimately the export of skilled human resource to Africa and Europe, Which will ultimately boost the GDP, create employment, expand the capacity to handle more passengers.
· Collaboration with the private sector to establish a National carrier with the aim of creating a regional West African hub.
In addition to above listed achievements, the sector also achieved the following under policy, legal and institutional reforms:
· The creation of the directorate of general aviation with oversight function in controlling and monitoring of all non-scheduled flight operations in Nigeria especially non-schedule flights.
· Provision of structure and equipments for helideck facilities for helicopter operations.
· Creation of enabling environments for domestic airline alliances.
· Development of a Legal framework for the establishment of a new National Carrier and the Aerotropolic initiative.
· Development and issuance of passenger right regulation.
· Issuance of regulations for helicopter operations and helipad of operations.
· Completion of Diagnostic review and System audit of the Aviation sector.
· Staff audit, Biometric Data Capture and professionalization of the Agencies.
· Development of an automated revenue collection platform in collaboration with IATA & SITA. This is aimed at improving revenue collection, eliminating leakages and enthroning transparency.
On human capacity development, the following was achieved:
· Enhancement of the capacity of NCAT to produce 1250 aviation professionals annually
· Procurement of new state of the art training equipments for NCAT.
· Development of partnership between NCAT and other international professional training Institutions.
· Introduction of Executive Training Programmes for NCAT.
· Establishment of Campuses in Minna and Lagos.
· Expansion of Infrastructure in NCAT
Yola Airport To Commence International Flights This Year (2014) – Oduah
FROM LEFT: MANAGING DIRECTOR, FEDERAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF NIGERIA (FAAN), MR GEORGE URESI; MINISTER OF AVIATION, PRINCESS STELLA ODUAH AND COMMISSIONER FOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU, CAPT. MUHTAR USMAN, DURING INSPECTION OF THE ONGOING RE-MODELLING OF PORT-HARCOURT INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL IN PORT HARCOURT ON SATURDAY (1/2/14).
Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the Yola International Airport, Adamawa State, will commence international flight operations this year, Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, assured yesterday
She stated that all necessary modalities to ensure the flights commence as projected, have been finalized.
The minister also directed the airport authorities to begin judicious utilization of the newly built terminal before its inauguration.
She spoke yesterday during an official inspection tour to Yola.
A visibly elated Ms. Oduah expressed satisfaction with the quality of work executed, saying that the airport can now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its contemporaries anywhere in the world.
According to her: “The official commissioning of the airport project is just a matter of time; for us to officially commission the Airport, we just need to do a little touch as the work has been completed save for some little things that need to be done.
“The terminal as it is now is comparable to any terminal anywhere in the world.
“We are proud of what we were able to accomplished, here, we thank God for the strength to be able to do that”, the minister stated.