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 decided to work together to curb the danger posed by unauthorised high rise structures scattered around Lagos metropolis.
This collaboration was a resolution from a bilateral meeting between the NCAA Director General 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 April 26 and another one on May 17, 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.
Consequently, in line with its regulatory functions, NCAA has directed all intending developers or builders of high rise structures within the Aerodrome Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) should always apply to the Authority for Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) and Permit.
A statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye explained that it was similarly agreed that NCAA would 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.
NCAA stated that it was ready to enter into partnership that would guarantee the safety and security of flight operations.
The Director General of NCAA, Capt. Usman Muhtar was represented at the meetings by the Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS), Engr. Mohammed Odunowo.
According to NCAA another meeting has been slated to review the operations.