Contrary to information making rounds about closure of the Nigerian airspace, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has declared that Nigeria airspace remains opened to flights operations and called on all air travellers to disregard any notice of Travel Ban in Nigeria.
Director General of the regulatory authority, Capt. Muhtar Usman stated unequivocally that any notice of travel ban is absolute falsehood, misleading and the handiwork of some mischief makers.
The rumour was started when some unions distributed flyers all over declaring that there would be a shutdown of the airspace.
Nigerian flight deck investigations reveal that some unions wanted to go on strike over federal government policy which mandated that for promotion to take place the affected staff needed to write an examination, a policy that was initiated last year.
This may not have gone down well with some persons who may have wrapped that and encapsulated it with the promotion while threatening to go on strike.
Further information gathered also showed that some airlines got emails telling them that the regulatory body was putting a kibosh of flight operations and this may have caused the reaction of the Civil Aviation Authority.
Consequently, a meeting earlier slated for Monday 26th of October, 2015 to address certain concerns has now been shifted to Wednesday 28th Of October, 2015 at the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. The shift is to enable all parties be present.
According to the DG, separate meetings were held at the NCAA Conference room last Friday 23rd of October, 2015. One with the sister union, the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria[ATSSSAN] on one hand and another with the representatives of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers[NAAPE]. It was at these meetings that an agreement was reached with the NCAA management to suspend any form of industrial action and the circular to that effect was promptly circulated to all members.
Also at the meeting both parties unanimously decided that the Union executives would go back to their members and engage in further consultations while another meeting has been scheduled for Monday, 26th of October, 2015.
The Director General wishes to advise Nigerians and indeed all air travellers to disregard the purported ban.