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NAMA inaugurates ILS at Benin Airport, Akinkuotu cautions staff on frivolous expenses

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……Minna, Maiduguri airports, others to commence soon 

……to enrol NAMA into NHIS

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has given the Edo state government and passengers who use the Benin Airport something to smile about this new year, this is the installation and inauguraton of the Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS). airport.

This would no doubt increase passenger traffic and boost economic activities in the ancient city after many years of waiting for the facilities to be installed.

The Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu at a town hall with staff in Lagos said this was in line with an earlier pledge by the agency to upgrade navigational infrastructure in strategic airports across the country in a bid to boost socio-economic activities in such areas.

It would be recalled that the installation of the ILS facilities met with several challenges one of which was the carting away by unknown persons some of the cabling of the facilities at the Benin Airport which led to the arrest of some airport officials on the order of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Captain Akinkuotu also announced that the agency had equally installed and inaugurated the ILS at the Port Harcourt airport which was damaged by an aircraft last year, adding that the flight commissioning which was handled by Omni-Blue Aviation Ltd indicated that the newly installed landing aids were operating at optimal capacity.

He also hinted that in the same vein, installation of CAT II ILS would commence soon at Maiduguri, Jos and Minna airports in the northern parts of the country.

Captain Akinkuotu informed staff that in line with management’s objective to maintain a healthy and productive workforce, the agency had concluded plans to enroll NAMA into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the next two months just as he assured that the contentious issue of review of Condition of Service (COS) was being handled and would soon be concluded by government.

The NAMA boss expressed gratitude to management and staff of the agency for the support and cooperation accorded him over the past two years of his ascendancy as managing director, saying that whatever successes his administration had recorded would not have been without the individual and collective effort of NAMA workers.

While cautioning staff to desist from frivolous expenses, he enjoined them to put in more effort to move NAMA to the next level, stressing that the agency would recognize hard work by giving special awards to deserving members of staff.

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