The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it has closed Globacom Limited’s main switching center in Wuse 2, Abuja for non-payment of the 4.7 billion naira debt due to “enormous pressure” exercised by the federal government.
NCAA chief executive Musa Nuhu conducted the exercise on Wednesday under the supervision of Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika.
“My agency is under tremendous pressure from the Federal Government of Nigeria, and we will do our best within the limits of our authority to ensure that the debt is settled,” Nuhu told reporters afterwards. having locked the tower that the facility would be changed. until Globacom has paid off the debt.
He revealed that the company had only paid 500 million naira of the 5.2 billion naira it owed, pointing out that the outstanding debt was 4.7 billion naira.
According to him, other telecommunications service providers are paying except Globacom, which has not met since 2007.
“The action we took was aimed at aviation safety in Nigeria. Indeed, any mast passed a certain height, we are supposed to regulate it to make sure that it is well covered ”, added the boss of the NCAA.
He added: “We fly planes. We fly helicopters, and it could be drones, among other things that we fly. No need for a regular passenger flight. Police, PHCN and all these people; patrolling across the country. I’m sure you’ve seen their helicopters. This is why it is important for us to make sure we have all of these in the roadmap and to implement them. “
According to Mr. Nuhu, the NCAA has written 15 letters to Glo without a “tangible response” since he took office.
“Recently when I arrived we sat down and talked in silence. They paid the money, but they still have nearly 4.7 billion naira in debt. None of the communication service providers owe this amount, ”said Nuhu. “It started in 2007. We don’t like to shut things down, but we have to take this drastic step because we have financial problems and pressure from different parts of the government.”