KIA Land Declared As Security Zone

The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) on Monday declared the land area of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) as a security zone. A statement signed by Col EWK Nibo (Rtd) of the NSCS and copied to Ghana News Agency in Accra, said the move is to curtail unauthorised activities on the KIA land area. “It has come to the notice of the NSCS that there is a lot of pressure by private developers on the KIA land close to the Airport Installations and this trend has so far caused massive encroachment on the airport environment posing grave threat to flight operations and creating hazards such as bird strikes and stray animals on the runway,” it said. The statement said a Lands Commission public notice in 1998 aimed at halting all further developments on the KIA acquisition in order to promote the airport’s land use objectives and safety and security of aviation operations have been disregarded by private developers resulting in serious hazards in airport operations. It said to prevent further encroachment, the boundaries of KIA have been redefined so that non-conforming development and other unauthorised activities are curtailed. It said any interested party who is in doubt as to whether his/her development falls within the area may call at the Lands Commission for clarification before any new or further development is undertaken.