The Managing Director of Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engr. Fola Akinkwotu also reafirmed that Nigerians are will surely enjoy a much beautified, highly equipped, safe and secure air travel operations in the months to come.
The NAMA’s Managing Director stated this while delivering a paper entitled “Air Transport Infrastructure Development in Nigeria: Opportunities and Current Challenges” at the just conclued second National Transport Summit organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, CIOTA, held in Abuja.
Engineer Akinkwotu who maintained that air travel was the safest of all the other modes transportation, said the main challenges facing the industry are inadequate funding, high cist of maintenance, high cost of Aviation fuel, fluctuating forex rates, poor management as well as lack of adequate support.
For safety and security of the airspace, he promised the traveling public that, very soon, Sniffer Dogs would be introduced at the Airports while arms bearing security personnel would be manning some strategie points around the facilities across the the country.
On the huge potential in the Aviation Sector, Engineer Akinkwotu listed both technical support services, Restaurants, Bars, Cinemas, Handling Services as well as supply of Aviation fuel, as some of the business opportunities yearning for suppliers at the Airports around.
He however adduced the reason for Nigeria’s continuous flying if older planes, to lack of agreement to Leasing, which would involve the coming together of Operators to float an Airline due to the multi billion dollars cost involved in Air service operations.
Also speaking on “Pipeline as a Strategic Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria”, the Manager, Nigeria Oilwell Company, Engineer Bala Zakka, enumerated the importance of pipelines as essentially useful in the oil and gas industry but noted that it’s usefulness could maximized in water distribution management, sewage channel management, communication and power cables routing, electrical conduits either surface or underground as well as for irrigation farming.
According to Engineer Zakka, Pipeline innovation can withstand all pressures, either neumatic or gravitational and can meander rough and tough terrains as well as endure harsh soil environment, hence calling for it maximum usage to take tankers and trailers off the roads, noting that the life span of an average Pipeline is one hundred years, if no one tempers with it.
The event ended with the inauguration of the Chartered members of the Institute by the Minister of Transport, Right Honourable Chibuike Ritimi Amaechi.