The Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi yesterday commended the aviation agencies, namely Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA and Nigeria Airspace Management Authority, NAMA, for introducing electronic clearance system for flights at the airports.
Amaechi stated this when he toured the facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos, in company of the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma and other aviation helmsmen.
The e-clearance system enables NAMA to identify all incoming flights and record them in real time using their tail numbers as well as recording the time they depart the Nigerian airspace.
Before the introduction of e-clearance, flight clearance were processed manually, a process that has not been very effective.
The minister praised the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, for prudent management of resources.
Amaechi explained that so far, the agencies’ Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, with the little amount of money they generate, have been prudent with the acquisition of safety equipment, which had improved safety and security at airports, unlike some government parastatals in the country.
Amaechi and other dignitaries were shown graphic details of how the agencies, NAMA and NCAA process e-clearance for airlines, which is done seamlessly.