NCAA Confirms Security of Nigerian Airspace

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has assured that the country’s airspace is safe and secure, thanks to the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) system managed by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

In a statement addressing allegations of insecure airspace due to inadequate radar coverage, Acting Director General of the NCAA, Captain Chris Najomo, emphasized the comprehensive radar coverage in place. He explained that the NCAA had thoroughly investigated two recent breaches of the prohibited flight zones in Abuja. These incidents involved controlled flights that, due to adverse weather conditions, inadvertently entered restricted airspace.

Captain Najomo assured that the NCAA confirmed NAMA had complete radar footage of these violations, including full details of the aircraft and operators involved. This level of detail was possible due to the functional Primary and Secondary Surveillance Radars in Abuja, with similar systems installed in Lagos, Kano, and Port-Harcourt.

He further highlighted that Nigeria’s radar coverage is bolstered by five additional Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) stations located in Obubra, Ilorin, Talata Mafara, Maiduguri, and Numan. These stations support the four existing radar centers, ensuring total coverage of the country’s airspace.

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