The health of Nigerian aviation is not in the best shape to say the least. While the global region appears to be bouncing back from the pandemic, the situation in Nigeria is deteriorating. Among other things, the country’s airports also need significant modernization, but face several challenges.
And recently, the director-general of the country’s aviation authority explained the need for better airports and the obstacles standing in the way of progress.
What is needed?
Nigeria’s aviation infrastructure needs significant modernization for smooth and reliable operations. With the ongoing fuel crisis and airlines disrupting operations, the country’s airline industry needs a proper plan to get out of the difficult situation.
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Recently, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Director-General, Captain Moses Nuhu, also highlighted the urgent requirements of Nigerian airports and various obstacles along the way.
Nuhu’s opinion was shared by Mr. Tayeb Odunovo, Director for Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) at a seminar organized by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos. A lack of funding and inadequate infrastructure were cited as the main obstacles to nighttime operations.
Some of the conditions set by NUHU for airport operations at night include:
- sufficiently competent staff
- sufficient power supply
- Availability of Assistance Service Providers
Nuhu also stressed that Nigerian airports face problems related to fire safety, primary and secondary power sources, provision of communications, navigation and surveillance support, automated weather stations and equipment, among others.
He estimated it would cost more than N1.5 trillion (US$5 billion) to solve the problems facing airports across the country.
It is not just the lack of funds that is hampering the progress of airports in Nigeria. There are increasing security risks, including robberies and kidnappings, and late-night passenger and staff activities at airports, most of which are on the outskirts of cities. Nuho said
“The risks are enormous and have a significant impact on airport operations, airport staff and flight passengers/crew, even during the day. Due to the slowdown in the country’s economy, available data suggests that the level of passenger and traffic activity is not financially sustainable or even enough to allow most airports to operate after sunset.
Nigerian airports require adequate infrastructure to support after-sunset operations. Photo: Getty Images
Housing for night operation
Despite the challenges, Nuhu gave compelling reasons to invest in airport infrastructure to accommodate after-dark flights. One of them was the proper management of natural disasters that depend on 24-hour airport operations to adequately deal with such situations.
He also said that airports near the country’s borders could increase security in these sensitive areas if they were fully operational at night.
Given the current state of Nigeria’s aviation sector, Nuhu hopes his comments will be considered in relevant positions to draft a credible rescue plan to bail out the country’s airlines and airports.
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Source: Nigerian Tribune