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NAMA promises zero tolerance for air accidents

Engr. Ahmed Umar Farouk has assumed office as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), declaring that NAMA is no longer…

Engr. Ahmed Umar Farouk has assumed office as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), declaring that NAMA is no longer on trial even as he promised zero tolerance for air accidents.

With an illustrious three-decade career marked by significant contributions to Nigeria’s aviation infrastructure, Engr. Farouk takes charge, emphasising a renewed commitment to safety and industry standards.

Farouk took over from Engr. Toyyib Odunewu who was relieved of his appointment last week.

Farouk’s tenure, which commenced with his entry into NAMA in 2002 from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, has been characterised by engineering prowess and strategic deployment of critical systems such as the Instrument Landing System and Doppler Very High-Frequency Omnidirectional Radio Range. His planned retirement on January 18 marked the conclusion of an era dedicated to advancing the nation’s aviation capabilities.

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In assuming the role of Managing Director, Engr. Farouk prioritises communication and airspace stability.

Additionally, he declared a state of emergency on power within the agency, signaling a proactive stance aimed at enhancing operational efficiency.

He stated, “NAMA is no longer on trial; we are on course and our commitment to excellence is resolute.”

Addressing the paramount importance of flight safety, Engr. Farouk pledged zero tolerance for air accidents.

He emphasised strict adherence to global safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), prioritising the safety and well-being of the flying public.

General Manager, Public Affairs, Amaka Walker in a statement said the new MD “Underlined his dedication to maintaining industry-leading safety measures and urged collective responsibility. His leadership envisions a future for NAMA marked by excellence and safety, invoking blessings for guidance in this new phase.”