“Nigeria’s Vulnerable Airspace Since 2021: 50 Airstrips with Zero Radar Coverage Raises Security Concerns”

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  • Calls for Urgent Reforms to Secure Nigeria’s Airspace”
  • “Infrastructure Inadequacies: Despite Equipment Purchases,
  • Nigeria’s Air Traffic Control Systems Remain Underprepared”
  • “Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Among World’s Lowest Paid

Serious concerns about the safety and security of Nigeria’s airspace have been brought to light by investigative journalist David Hundeyin, who took to his social media platform on Friday to reveal alarming deficiencies in the country’s air traffic control systems.

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David Hundeyin highlighted a critical issue: since 2021, Nigeria has operated without primary radar coverage in its airspace. This omission means that when aircraft turn off their transponders, crucial identification becomes impossible for Nigerian air traffic controllers. This vulnerability opens the airspace to potential misuse, including illegal activities such as gun smuggling, drug trafficking, and transport of conflict minerals.

The journalist referenced a memo from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which flagged an incident involving an unauthorized aircraft breaching restricted airspace above Abuja’s presidential villa. This incident underscores the systemic challenges faced by Nigerian authorities in monitoring and securing their airspace effectively.

In an interview discussing his findings, Un emphasized the broader implications of Nigeria’s airspace vulnerabilities. He pointed out that despite equipment purchases, including from Argentina for air traffic control, the operational implementation remains inadequate. Ground radar installations, touted as progress, do not substitute for comprehensive aerial surveillance needed for airspace security.

David Hundeyin criticized the disparity in air traffic controller salaries, noting that Nigerian controllers are among the world’s lowest-paid, leading many to seek additional income through side jobs. This financial strain, coupled with inadequate infrastructure, compromises the focus and effectiveness of those responsible for ensuring airspace safety.

The journalist raised questions about the motives behind the negligence, suggesting deliberate sabotage or gross mismanagement within the Nigerian Aerospace Management Agency (NAMA). He challenged authorities to address these issues urgently, warning of dire consequences for national security if airspace vulnerabilities persist.

Responding to queries about the implications of these revelations, Un stressed that Nigeria’s airspace insecurity not only threatens internal stability but also exposes the country to external threats. He cited potential risks during international conflicts or incursions by neighboring states, highlighting the lack of preparedness and defense capability due to compromised airspace security.

As the Nigerian government faces mounting pressure to rectify these deficiencies, Un called for transparency, accountability, and swift action to overhaul the country’s air traffic control systems. He urged comprehensive reforms to safeguard Nigerian airspace and protect national interests effectively.

In conclusion, David Hundeyin emphasized the urgency of addressing these systemic flaws, asserting that Nigeria’s airspace security is pivotal to its sovereignty and regional stability. He pledged to continue monitoring developments and advocating for necessary reforms to ensure a safer and more secure airspace environment for all Nigerians.

By Naija247news
By Naija247newshttps://www.naija247news.com/
Naija247news is an investigative news platform that tracks news on Nigerian Economy, Business, Politics, Financial and Africa and Global Economy.

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