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Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Domestic flights to halt on Tuesday

According to a directive served to the Director-General by the staff of the various units of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, they are embarking on the strike action to press home demands for the release of the La Nkwantanang lands belonging to the Authority.

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Domestic flight services are likely to be disrupted from today, 5 July, 2016 as workers of  the Civil Aviation Authority embark on a strike action today.

According to a directive served to the Director-General by the staff of the various units of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, they are embarking on the strike action to press home demands for the release of the La Nkwantanang lands belonging to the Authority.

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The workers also, in the same statement sited by Pulse.com.gh, served notice of the suspension of NOTAM, the body of staff responsible for safety and maintenance of the runways of the country’s airports.

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“It is our hope that our strike action will lead to the release of the lands. Failure of this will warrant a grand strike that will bring the entire civil aviation industry that directly facilitates air travel in the country to a halt”, the statement said.

The Authority acquired two parcels of land at Adenta in the La Nkwantanan Municipality and Labadi in La Wireless Municipality, intended for aviation development.

However,  part  of the Land in Labadi was allegedly taken over by the Kufuor administration in 2007 for residential purposes.

The statement further said the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also taken over “almost the whole of the La Nkwantanan land, between Madina and Adanta.”

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Speaking on behalf of the staff of the Authority, William Amoako said, “For some time there has been a lot of controversy over the land litigation.”

He further lamented  that the Authority took “those lands for Aviation purposes but we have seen a lot of construction going on and our investigation reveals they have been sold for commercial purposes.”

Several petitions have been written to government over the issue but none has yielded any positive results, they say.

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