Abuja Airport: Sirika Commissions Pilot Briefing House For Weather Forecast

NNN: The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, commissioned a pilot briefing room for weather forecasts at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Tuesday.

Sirika said the modern Nigerian Meteorology (NiMet) pilot briefing room would give the most accurate weather conditions for flight operations in the country.

According to him, the pilots used to travel long distances to retrieve the briefing from NiMet.

“So NiMet in their wisdom decided to downsize it to a very convenient comfortable place with air conditioning and even tea for the pilots to come and do their briefings.

“The equipment is there to give the most accurate weather forecast.

“It’s a new innovation for now. Its efficiency also gives the pilot the comfort of getting the most accurate weather forecast for their operations,” he said.

According to him, the project is part of wider activities by NiMet working with other agencies to develop apps for accessing briefings on a personal phone.

The minister said the move for now would serve the pilot in a more efficient and friendly environment.

Sirika expressed optimism that the agency has the ability to replicate such development at other airports across the country.

“We congratulate the new management of NiMet. We celebrate them too. They are innovative and have taken the initiative to promote the safety and security of our industry.

“We just left NiMet headquarters; we saw other things they did there too,” he said.

The Minister affirmed that the aviation sector will continue to intensify efforts to train and retrain personnel to improve efficiency towards the advancement of safety standards.

According to him, it is the duty of the government to improve the safety of the industry in the country.

“That’s part of the benefits we’re seeing today in the aviation industry.

“We will continue to train our staff to support the industry.”


Dale D. Schrum