Workers of the Togolese branch of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) suspended just after started on Tuesday a three-day strike that threatened to paralyze activities in Lome international airport, Republicoftogo site close to the government reported .
The call for strike relates to the autonomy of Togo from the neighboring Ghana aviation authority that has been managing Togolese airspace since the period prior to the independence of the West African country.
“Our claims having been fully met, there is no reason to carry on the strike”, Amanou Emmanuel-Talle, general secretary of the union said.
According to the source, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been alone since decades in charge of the administration of the airspace of Togo and Benin that yields important revenues.
Accra Flight Information Region (FIR Accra) controls the airspace covering a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean bordering Ghana, Togo and Benin and perceive a flyover tax ranging from 200 to 600 US dollars, it said.
Last April, the three countries reached an agreement pursuant to which Ghana will associate the two countries to the management of the GCAA and of the revenue generated. Personnel from Benin and Togo should join GCAA team in Accra and the revenue should be fairly shared.
“Never, have we told strikers that they will have the control of the airspace. We say that whatever will be done, we will remain in the frame of Accra Flight Information Region”, Ninsao Gnofam, Togo minister of Transports said. Enditem