After five years of flight restriction to- day-light operations, the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos comes alive again as the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) last week successfully deployed an emergency airfield lighting on the popular 2.7 km Runway 18 Left.
Absence of the airfield lighting on the runway, for half a decade had forced the domestic airlines to land after sunset at the international wing ,thereby burning extra fuel to taxi down to their various terminals before disembarking passengers.
What looks like a Christmas gift to the airlines, travellers and Nigerians in general, was made possible by the full co-operation of the federal government in ensuring speedy customs clearance and the foresight of the aviation minister,Princess Stella Oduah who has not relented in ensuring quality service delivery at the nation's airports.
In all , 66 CALKIT brand of emergency airfield and additional two approach lights were deployed by six NAMA engineers working through Monday night and rounded up early Tuesday morning.CALKIT , is ICAO,FAA and UKCAA certified airfield lighting ,meaning that the product is of international standard and safe for deployment in any part of the world.
The facility is of Combined Omni-directional Runway edge light, Light Emitting Diode (COREL LED) portable lighting system with end lights .Seasoned Engineers that made the installation possible include; the General Manager ,Airfield Lighting , Engr.Taiwo Makinwa , Engr Muyiwa Adegorite, SA to MD/CE, Engr. Charles Iroro, Engr Anjorin Alaba, Atiku Abubakar and Engr Amechi.
Speaking on the development ,the elated managing director of the agency, Engr. Mazi Nnamdi Udoh lauded the commitment of the engineers who defied all the family pressure at this yuletide season to work round the clock to deliver the immediate deployment of this vital navigational facility on the runway.
“We are indeed grateful to the federal government ,especially the hard working minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah who took the initiative to transfer this safety critical operation to NAMA earlier in the year and withstood all pressure to sustain the successes recorded in the industry.
“With this latest achievement, we can proudly say, travellers should expect more deployment of modern equipment to drive our vision of quality delivery at airports across the country in the new year”, Engr. Udoh further remarked.