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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

NAMA urges FG to reconsider revenue cut

NAMA urges FG to reconsider revenue cut

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, is calling on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to cut 50% of the agency's revenue.

According to NAMA's Managing Director, Engr Farouk Umar, this deduction is jeopardizing the agency's capacity to fulfill its duties effectively.

Umar emphasized that the reduced revenue allocation is impeding NAMA's ability to maintain and modernize critical infrastructure, particularly its outdated surveillance systems.

He stressed the importance of restoring the full revenue allocation to enable the agency to address infrastructure needs, improve operational efficiency, and invest in the continuous training of safety-critical personnel.

The statement highlighted the adverse impact of financial constraints on NAMA's revenue, which has been halved precisely at a time when there's a growing need for infrastructure development and personnel training.

In essence, the plea underscores the paramount importance of securing adequate funding to ensure the safety and efficiency of Nigeria's airspace, highlighting the urgent need for a sustainable financial model that supports NAMA's crucial operations.

“It is crucial to understand that NAMA operates on the principle of cost recovery, as recommended by ICAO. This means all charges are solely meant to be for the recovery of equipment and other costs incurred in service provision.

“The current revenue-sharing formula allocates only 22 per cent of the 5 per cent airfare, contract, charter, and cargo sales charges to NAMA, despite our significant capital investment needs. Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority with less responsibilities as it stands currently is allocated 56 per cent while the NAMA, with all its responsibilities, gets 22 per cent;

“This formula is skewed against NAMA in spite of the huge capital requirement of its investment, jeopardising our ability to meet both national and international obligations. Restoring the full revenue allocation to NAMA is quite essential.

“Doing so will enable us to address the critical needs of our infrastructure, enhance operational efficiency, and ensure the continuous training of our safety-critical personnel. With adequate funding, we can fulfil our mandate to provide safe and reliable air navigation services across Nigeria’s airspace.

“By reversing the 50 per cent revenue deduction, we can significantly enhance air safety, ensuring that Nigeria’s skies remain safe and maintain high safety standards. We urge all stakeholders to support this necessary change for the future of our aviation sector and the safety of the flying public.

“At this juncture, I find it expedient to remind our political leaders that the entire aviation system is about safety as it remains sacrosanct owing to the fact that there is no parking space in the sky. Safety procedures and protocols must be prepared and strictly adhered to while on the ground.”

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