Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) has reiterated the completion of the multi - billion naira Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON).
Officials of the Agency told visiting members of the Senate Committee on Aviation at the Lagos airport site of the new radar while inspecting projects /facilities ,saying that the project has been completed and closed.
The Chairman of the Committee,Senator Hope Uzodinma had enquired from the technical staff of the agency at the radar room if the project had actually been completed.
The Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services,Engr.Ifeanyi Nnwakwo was emphatic in his response when he declared that "all the deliverables and the scope of the project have been delivered and completed by the foreign contractor-Thales ATM of France and the system is working at optimal level."
He told the Senators that the system is characterized by some overlays like ADS-B which allows the radar to accommodate technology upgrade as new ones evolve.
The Senators who watched live coverage of the airspace on the new radar system ,were impressed by nwhat they saw but would want to know the scope of the maintenance contract with Thales and they were told that the existing contract comes with unlimited spares and to lapse in the next two years having commenced three years ago.
On training,the committee was informed that more than 100 engineers had been trained on the various aspects of the radar system,adding that very soon ,maintenance would be wholly Nigerian affairs .
TRACON was commissioned by Mr President on October18,2010 in Abuja and since then it has improved tremendously the quality of air traffic services in the country's airspace, recording more over flyers