Posted by Sade Williams
In the face of real and obvious threat to safe flight operations, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Lagos State Government (LASG) have elected to work together to curb the danger posed by unauthorized high rise structures scattered around Lagos metropolis.
This collaboration was a resolution from a bilateral meeting between the NCAA Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman and the officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
The first meeting was held on the 26th of April and another one on the 17th of May, 2018, at the NCAA’s Aviation House Office.
With this synergy, it is expected that the two parastatals of the Lagos State Government will deploy their capacities in clearing all obstructions/obstacles along flight paths within the state. In addition, their resources will be used to spot where other landing facilities are located in Lagos.
These landing facilities include Heliport, Helipad, Helideck and Airstrip.
Therefore, in line with its regulatory functions, the NCAA has directed all intending developers or builders of high rise structures within the Aerodrome Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) to always apply to the Authority for Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) and Permit.
It was similarly agreed that NCAA will provide the Lagos State agencies with a Flight Path Map to guide them in planning, development and granting of approvals for new structures in the state.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is ready to enter into partnership that will guarantee the safety and security of flight operations.
The Director General was represented at the meetings by the Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS), Engr. Mohammed Odunowo.
Another meeting has been slated to review the operations.