Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the Federal Government’s immediate takeover of the management of the country’s airspace from Ghana, which has held the job for the past 70 years.
With the order, Nigeria would manage its skies over the Gulf of Guinea.
After meeting with the Nigerian president, aviation officials told journalists that Nigeria’s airspace was safe, stressing that other neighbouring countries were also making arrangements to take over their airspaces from Ghana.
“We have a directive by the president to start the process of securing the management of Nigerian airspace over the Gulf of Guinea, which Ghana has been maintaining since 1945, and there is a move on the ground by Togo and Republic of Benin to take over the management of their own airspace from Ghana,” Binta Bello, the permanent secretary for the Aviation Ministry, said in the capital, Abuja.
Buhari was briefed by officials at the presidential villa on the state of Nigeria’s aviation sector, which is facing massive debt. Some airlines are struggling to maintain premium operations, which Buhari said put safety, security and international respectability at great risk. The country’s national carrier, Nigeria Airways Limited, which was established in 1958, went under in 2003 and was later liquidated by the public enterprises bureau. Buhari has instructed aviation officials to re-establish a national carrier.