Ban On Helicopter Service: Minister Appeals For Calm

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said government is currently working out modalities to tackle the recent ban of helicopter service between Kaduna and Abuja and appealed for calm.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP late last night, the spokesperson of the ministry, James Odaudu said the advise by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Munguno, is to be taken seriously since it bothers on security and appealed to the passengers, who maybe affected with this development to remain calm while the ministry works out other possibilities.

He however, urged passengers to make use of the train services and the arranged bus shuttle services, which have been put in place for thesame purposes.

Recall that earlier, the planned helicopter shuttle service from Kaduna to Abuja hit the brick wall as the NSA announced the ban of the service.

According to the memo, announcing the ban, the NSA said “In view of the closure of the airport, air travelers will be required to travel by road/train to Abuja from Kaduna International Airport. This will undoubtedly cause constraints on the movement of some passengers who will aim to travel using other means, notably the use of commercial ferry helicopters.

“Please be reminded that the airspace over the Federal Capital Territory Abuja is controlled and only security flights or those with the requisite security clearance from the Presidency are granted overhead clearance for obvious security reasons. Consequently, you are to note and ensure that no charter or commercial helicopter ferry flights are allowed to fly within Abuja airspace.”

Source: Leadership

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