Nigeria, Ghana sign cross border search and rescue agreement

Nigeria, Ghana sign cross border search and rescue agreement
Fola Akinkuotu. PHOTO CREDIT: Guardian

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for effective synergy and collaborative cross border search and rescue.

The Managing Director of NAMA, Fola Akinkuotu, confirmed the development in a press statement issued on Sunday in Lagos.

Akinkuotu said the MoU was signed recently at NAMA’s corporate headquarters in Lagos with a high-powered team of GCAA officials.

He said the MoU would help to address issues arising from the flow of air traffic among adjacent flight information regions.

According to him, it stipulates guidelines and procedures for collaboration on aircraft and weather/terrain information sharing, deployment of manpower as well as search-and-rescue equipment in the event of an incident or accident.

He said NAMA also signed letters of agreement with the visiting Ghanaian team specifying procedures to be followed for tactical separation of aircraft between Lagos and Accra.

“Stipulated in the Letters of Agreement are details such as how air traffic controllers can exchange or manage the movement of aircraft across the two centres in terms of radio frequencies.

“It also deals with the point at which to transfer aircraft as well as establishes boundaries and altitude for transfer of aircraft across the common borders,” he said. 

He added that the letters of agreement also contained the procedures for handling emergencies, transfer of aircraft using technical systems such as controller pilot data link and automatic dependent surveillance contract.

“The agreement also addresses standard separation between aircraft compliant with that of the adjacent state,” he said.

He said the two states also discussed the possibility of a partnership, which would enable NAMA to undertake the training of some of its operational personnel at the Ghana Civil Aviation Academy by virtue of its affiliation with renowned training institutions globally. 

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