Lagos — As part of the measures to ensure the smooth take-off of the newly established Dutse International Airport, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jigawa State Government
The General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Supo Atobatele, disclosed this at the weekend in Lagos.
Atobatele explained that the MOU which was signed by the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam is for the provision of Air Navigation Services (ANS) by the agency to the state-owned airport with effect from July 1, 2014.
He disclosed that already, some top technical staff including an engineer, Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) officer and other operational staff to be headed by an airspace manager have been deployed to the airport.
The General Manager stated that this was in addition to the two Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) who are already on ground at the airport.
It will be recalled that Overland Airways, one of the domestic Airlines in the country recently commenced first flight with an ATR-72V aircraft to Dutse Airport,
The airport is expected to be officially commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan between August 1, and 2, 2014.
Meanwhile ,the 209 Executive Airlift Group of the Nigerian Air Force(NAF) attached to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport(NAIA) Abuja, said that it would support and cooperate with NAMA towards effective management of the nation's airspace.