Ghana reaps from Nigeria’s aviation fuel shortage
The scarcity of aviation fuel in Nigeria has triggered a boom in the Ghanaian aviation sector as more airlines now refuel in the country, Daily Trust has learnt.
Apart from the increase in uplifting fuel from Ghana, there are also indications that there was a significant rise in the number of aircraft that land at the Kotoka International Airport, since the ongoing shortage of aviation fuel in Nigeria.
As a result of this development and other ancillary factors, the aviation industry in Ghana is said to be enjoying a momentary boom, because more airlines now fly the route.
The Manager of Business Development and Statistics of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Reverend Stephen Wilfred Arthur, while reacting to the upsurge in demand for aviation fuel in the country acknowledged an upswing in capital inflows.
“In short term we would say yes because we have wide bodied aircraft landing in Kotoka and making it possible for us to increase the stream of revenue from landing and also suppliers of the fuel as well as the government by way of taxes and others will also benefit,” he explained.
Arthur however declared that the boom fuelled by the challenges in the Nigerian aviation industry was transitory saying, “I believe that it may be a temporarily situation but that notwithstanding there are benefits that we may be deriving.”
Further investigations revealed that several Nigerians, especially those returning to the country now prefer to fly to Ghana and then travel by road to Lagos.
For instance, there has been an influx of several Nigerian returnees from Libya routing their trip through Ghana.
One of such returnees in an interview said she preferred travelling through Ghana to avoid harassment at the Lagos Airport.
“You can see the amount of baggage I have with me if I take them to the Lagos Airport, the Customs will collect all my money. I and my friends decided to come to Accra and then go by bus to Lagos,” she said.