NAMA Restores Air Traffic Services To Osubi Airstrip

 

 …Says It Did Not Shut Facility, Only Withdrew Services

…As Operator, Shoreline Oil Services Ltd Makes N31M Part Payment

…To Balance  Agency N535,422,000.50

 

The Nigerian Airspace Mangement Agency(NAMA) said it has restored Air Traffic Services(ATS) at Osubi airstrip.

NAMA made this known in a statement issued by NAMA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Khalid Emele

He stated that the decision to restored ATS to Osubi airstrip followed the payment of N31million by Shoreline Oil Services Ltd, operators of the airstrip.

He said the money paid by the operator is part payment of accumulated charges for the provision of air traffic services at the airstrip by NAMA

The NAMA spokesman added that also considered appeals from well-meaning stakeholders and the overall interest of the air travel public.

“This decision is consequent upon the payment of N31M by Shoreline Oil Services Ltd, operators of the airstrip, being part payment of accumulated charges for the provision of air traffic services at the airstrip by NAMA. The payment leaves Shoreline Oil Services with a debt balance of N566, 422, 000.50 as of today, the 28th October, 2018,” The statement said.

It continued, “We recall that we took the difficult decision to withdraw air traffic services to Osubi airstrip after Shoreline Oil Services persistently refused to honour financial obligation to us despite several entreaties. As a responsible corporate citizen and provider of critical services to the nation’s civil aviation sector, we felt obliged to restore our services to the airstrip with the understanding that Shoreline Oil Services will take full advantage of this window of opportunity to make additional payment that will substantially defray the above N566, 422, 000.50 debt as well as agree on a concrete and workable payment plan that will clear the outstanding balance.”

“It is our hope that going forward, and in the spirit of the renewed understanding between both organizations, Shoreline will reciprocate this gesture by paying for our services as and when due,” it added.

On insinuations in some quarters that the agency shut down the facility, NAMA said, “We would also like to clear the misconception being bandied about that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was responsible for “shutting down” Osubi airstrip. Nothing could be further from the truth as we do not have such statutory or physical powers. We merely withdrew air traffic services to the airstrip but we did not shut it down.”

The agency reassured its service users, stakeholders and the general public that NAMA remains committed to its goal of providing seamless air traffic services in a safe, economic and efficient manner.

 

 

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