Help may be at hand for air traffic controllers at Lagos airport with the expected installation of a primary surveillance radar (PSR) later in August. The facility should have been installed as part of a recent radar system upgrade at Murtala Muhammed international airport. However, it was inexplicably dropped from the project and its absence has raised concerns over safety. The problem has been compounded by apparent teething troubles with the rest of the system.
The new equipment at Lagos airport is part of a broader project to improve aviation safety in the country after a spate of fatal air crashes in recent years. Other major airports included in the upgrade are Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.