The Federal Government has concluded plans to install multi-million dollar Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) in 11 airports across the country.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu made the disclosure at the Kaduna Airport during the weekend.
He said that the Federal Government had made an order and contracts for 11 airfield ILS.
According to him, the visibility at many of the aerodromes are bad but with operable ILS coming in December this year, there should be no excuse of them not landing in harmattan.”
Among the airports to benefit from the critical safety tools are those in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja and Minna among others apart from Kaduna which has brand new safety tools.
His words, There are 11 ILSs that are going to be installed. They are brand new. Don’t let us forget that they are going to recover some items. Lagos has an ILS; I think Ibadan too is going to get newer ones. So, whatever we recover, we can put them in some other places. I would expect that over time when the materials, assets are in, we should be able to do not less than 18 fields.”
Although, Akinkuotu was silent on the cost of the instrument, aggregating the numbers from several quarters, getting a Category II/III system up and running these days would cost at least $3 million per runway, plus at least $10, 000 or so per year just to keep it certified.