The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation industry safety regulator, has barred aircraft from landing on the Lagos-owned helipad on the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
PUNCH reports that the helipad had not been put to use since it was inaugurated on August 12, 2016 by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, adding that the Federal Government placed a ban on the usage of the helipad owing to safety concerns.
During the inauguration of the helipad by Ambode, he noted that the helipad would be a life-saving asset to complement the emergency services in the state.
He added that the facility would be available 24 hours and that it would be operated by specially trained personnel. He noted that the choice of LASUTH was due to its flagship status, offering referral services for other public and private medical institutions in the state.
But over two years after its inauguration, the helipad has yet to be used, owing to what the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority described as safety reasons.
Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, said the reason for the ban had been communicated to the authorities of the hospital but that there had been no response from them.
He said, “The true position is that there are unresolved safety issues pertaining to it. These were communicated to them and there was no response. This is why the facility was not cleared to be put to use.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof Adetokunbo Fabanwo, told the news medium that the helipad might not have been used if there had been no need for it.