Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika

By Andah John

The Nigerian government says it would install low level wind-shear alert system across all airports in the country with a view to ensuring the safety of air travellers.

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this at the commissioning ceremony of the facility at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport in Katsina.

Sirika explained that the government is equally looking into the issue of instrument landing system and other navigational aids at the various airports in its bid to improve safety.

“Aviation safety and security are top priority issues for this government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

He further said the recent installations by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in 13 airports in the country are in line with government’s policies.

The minister then re-affirmed the government’s drive towards ensuring safety at all times through regular maintenance of airports and all facilities that will aid smooth air operations.

On his part, the Director-General of NIMET Anthony Anuforom explained the reason for the installation of the wind-shear alert system in the Katsina airport.

“The wind-shear alert system we have installed at this airport has the capacity to detect cam wind, steady winds, wind shifts in relation to the runway, wind bursts, sustained divergent winds – which indicates wind-share or strong and sustained divergent winds which indicate micro-bursts around the airport,” he said.

NIMET informed that wind-shear was first identified in Nigeria in June 1956. That was when an aircraft that took off from Kano encountered it and crashed with 32 fatalities.