The Nigerian government is to install satellite equipments to improve communication at the nation’s airports by 2017.
The procurements and installations are part of the automation upgrade to be carried out in airports across the country.
The equipments will assist the National Emergency Management Agency with relevant data for search and rescue operations.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Siriki made this known at the International Civil Aviation Organization conference.
“As you might be aware, few years ago we embarked on a project for the provision of a new aeronautical telecommunication network under the A.I.S. Automation project.
“The primary objective of the project is to automate our aeronautical information management system, develop a new communication backbone with network at all Nigerian airports, and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency’s headquarters as well as the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency for search and rescue coordination.
“The project has delivered a centralised aeronautical database that is currently being populated with data that will enhance seamless integration with other states of the regional databases,” Senator Sirika said.
The Minister further explained that the first phase of this project was scheduled for completion in 11 locations shortly after Christmas this year, while the remaining 15 locations would be completed in the coming financial year.