Apex aviation regulatory agency- Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has denied allegations making the rounds that the country is closing its airspace to flight operations.
The NCAA noted that the issue it had with its workers’ union is being resolved with a peace meeting slated for Monday between the union and management, adding that there was no basis for airspace closure.
The agency stated that no time was closure of the airspace contemplated, adding that the union had on Friday last week suspended actions that could have warranted closure.
Responding to inquiries on insinuation making the rounds that some nations have concluded plan to restrict movement of their citizens to Nigeria over closure of her airspace, spokesman for the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye said, “it is not true”.
Adurogboye stated that information peddled by some people should be disregarded, adding that there is nothing to indicate or warrant the closure of the nation’s airspace to air traffic.
He further stated that the aviation regulatory body is investigating the source of email people are using to circulate that Nigeria’s airspace would be shut yesterday’s midnight.
His words, “We learnt that the union has circulated an email, alleging a travel ban to Nigeria with effect from tomorrow’s midnight. This is to declare to the whole world that it is not true. Nigeria’s airspace is open to flight operations. NCAA cannot be closing airspace it meant to guard”.
A spokesman for one of the unions who pleaded anonymity told Daily Times that NCAA was trying to organise a written test for their members in the agency as against what was in the agreement between the union and NCAA saying that it was unacceptable.
– Anthony Awunor