According to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Ghana only manages the airspace of Togo and Benin.
The latest development follows reports that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Aviation in Nigeria to take over from Ghana, the management of the Nigerian airspace in the Gulf of Guinea.
He is reported to have given the directive at the State House in Abuja last week while receiving a briefing from top officials of the ministry led by Permanent Secretary Hajiya Binta Bello.
The permanent secretary later told State House journalists that Buhari ordered her ministry to begin the process of securing the management of the Nigerian airspace which, she noted, Ghana had been managing since 1945.
The permanent secretary hinted that Togo and Benin Republic had equally concluded arrangements to take over their airspaces from Ghana.
“We’ve a directive by the president to start the process of securing the management of the 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 their own airspace from Ghana,” she said.
But the Deputy Director-General Finance and Administration of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Abdullai Alhassan told Citi Business News the reports are untrue.
According to him, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has sent a delegation to Nigeria to ascertain the truth concerning President Muhammadu Buhari's order to Nigeria’s Ministry of Aviation to take over the security of the nation’s airspace over the Gulf of Guinea from Ghana.
In an interview with Citi Business News, Abdullai Alhassan said, “at the international civil aviation level they have sent the regional director to go to Nigeria to find out exactly what they mean because Ghana is not managing the airspace of Nigeria. Unlike Togo and Benin where we manage their airspace, we do not know about the management of Nigeria’s airspace.”