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FG approves N4bn bailout for airlines affected by COVID19 pandemic
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FG approves N4bn bailout for airlines affected by COVID19 pandemic

The Federal government has approved the sum of N4 billion as bailout funds for airlines to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the aviation sector in Nigeria.   The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this when he appeared before the senate committee on aviation today Monday, November 2.   Sirika appeared before the panel in respect of a public hearing on the repeal and the reenactment of the laws establishing the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).   Sirikia mentioned to the lawmakers that the aviation sector is key to the d...
Nigeria Air Will Be Delivered Before 2023 – Sirika
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Nigeria Air Will Be Delivered Before 2023 – Sirika

Hadi Sirika, the minister for aviation, says plans are underway to ensure that Nigeria Air, the national carrier, is delivered before the end of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Sirika was addressing journalists on after appearing before the senate committee on aviation for the 2021 budget defence by the ministry and its agencies on Tuesday. “We are on it. The transaction adviser has brought in the outline business case. It is being reviewed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC),” NAN quoted him to have said. “Soon after its completion, it will go to the federal executive council for approved. We will not leave this government without having it in place.” Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, had unveiled the national carrier project at the ...
Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights
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Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights

‌Following the decision of the United Arab Emirates to begin visa issuance to Nigerians, Etihad Airways has been approved to operate international flights into Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this announcement on Thursday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, which held in Abuja. He noted that the foreign carrier was already talking with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority regarding the process. Similarly, Emirates Airlines are also scheduled to operate flights into the country starting with Abuja and Lagos. He said, “UAE has commenced issuance of visas today. Consequent upon that, Emirates Airlines will begin operations from tomorrow. They are allowed to start daily flights into Abuja and Lagos. “Their sister company from the sa...
Anambra Airport: We Don’t Need Any Financial Assistance, Obiano Tells FG
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Anambra Airport: We Don’t Need Any Financial Assistance, Obiano Tells FG

Ahead of the April 2021 proposed opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, has boasted that the state is not in lack of the financial resources to complete the airport. Speaking during his visit to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday, Governor Obiano, also revealed that when completed, the airport will have the second-longest runway in Nigeria, after the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. According to him, the airport is being built with the best available materials, with a guaranteed lifespan of 100 years. “We are sure of the date because we have the money to complete it. We are not asking for any assistance, neither are we taking any loans. I am here personally to brief you o...
FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines
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FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines

The federal government has withdrawn the approval granted to Emirates to conduct international flight operations in the country. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, disclosed this via a post on his Twitter handle on Friday. The ban will take effect on September 21, 2020. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had, in a memo earlier in September, included Emirates in the list of approved airlines for international flights for both Abuja and Lagos airports. But the minister said the decision to reverse the approval was taken after a meeting of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 with European Union ambassadors on Friday. Sirika also said there were discussions on the ban on Lufthansa and Air France-KLM. “The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors t...
International Flights Resumption In Nigeria: List Of Banned & Approved Airlines
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International Flights Resumption In Nigeria: List Of Banned & Approved Airlines

Ahead of the resumption of international flights, the Nigerian government has released the list of international airlines denied approval to operate in the country. “Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines, Air Namibia, and Royal Air Maroc are airlines denied entrance into the country,” the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, said. Nigeria had in August vowed to implement a reciprocity clause by banning flights and airlines from countries that put similar bans on flights from Nigeria as nations open their airspace amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Sirika, while speaking at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing, on Thursday, said only approved airlines will be allowed into the country’s airspace. President Muhammad Buhari had in...
FG Bars Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Others
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FG Bars Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Others

The Federal Government has released the list of international airlines denied approval to operate in Nigeria as international flights resume on Saturday. The international airlines denied flying approval, according to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, include Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines and others. Some airlines were however denied approval because international flights were yet to resume in their countries. They are Cape Verde and South African airlines. The airlines given licence to operate include: Middle-East, British Airways, Delta airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines. They are exp...
Social distancing is not observed in aircraft because it is hygienic — Sirika
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Social distancing is not observed in aircraft because it is hygienic — Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has explained why social distancing is not observed in aircraft following the resumption of flights amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The Minister who spoke as he embarked on a simulation return flight to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano to assess the preparation of the airport for resumption of flights, said the cabin is safer than any hospital theatre because of the purifying procedures air circulated within the cabin goes through. Sirika added that the non-adherence to physical distancing was responsible for the ‘affordable’ ticket fare. He said; “Because of the nature of the airplane, the airplane is hygienic enough once you have your mask, you are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the dista...
I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku
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I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku

The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam Iwuajoku has expressed disappointment with the federal government’s “cold feet” in arresting Naira Marley and his crew members for violating the interstate travel ban. In an interview with Premium Times, the airline CEO admitted writing the apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He said he wrote the letter which has been trailed by mixed reaction out of anger. Iwuajoku also condemned the indiscriminate movement of any form during the Coronavirus pandemic. He said; “Why will anyone be moving around unnecessarily during a pandemic? Moving around for musical concert at this time is ‘unnecessary movement’. I am wondering why they were not even arrested. “I have been abused by peop...
Chartered Flight Of Naira Marley Was Approved For High Court Judge – Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika Says
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Chartered Flight Of Naira Marley Was Approved For High Court Judge – Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika Says

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday, said that the chartered flight which conveyed musician, Naira Marley from Lagos to Abuja, was actually approved for a Lagos high court judge, Justice Adefowope Okojie. The minister, who stated this during the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the aviation authorities approved the flight on June 14 having considered the judge to be on essential duties. According to him, he was then surprised that the flight which was to take off on June 14 and convey the judge took off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, on July 13 at 6.00 p.m. According to him, “we wrote a letter approving the chartered flight for Justice Adefowope Okojie and we approved the...
COVID-19: FG suspends airline that flew Naira Marley to Abuja
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COVID-19: FG suspends airline that flew Naira Marley to Abuja

The Federal Government has suspended the airline, Executive Jet Services, for flying Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja. According to the Minister, the aircraft was approved to convey an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Adefope Okogie, from Lagos to Abuja. He said, “The operation is a clear violation of our approval which we take very seriously. It seems this is becoming a norm. This is the second time. So, Executive Jet Services is hereby suspended indefinitely and they will face the law. “The captain will also be sanctioned for giving wrong information to the control tower. It seems also that people are not tired of trying our resolve and we are not tired of livi...
FG Orders 50% Passengers Reduction As Domestic Flights Set To Resume June 21
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FG Orders 50% Passengers Reduction As Domestic Flights Set To Resume June 21

The Federal Government on Monday announced that domestic flights would resume on June 21 and directed airlines to take between 50 and 70 per cent of passengers on any flight. It also stated that the aircraft of most airlines were currently being serviced in preparation for the June 21 resumption date for domestic flights. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVD-19 in Abuja. Sirika further stated that the airfares of flights should be appropriate to the issues at hand. He said, “The modality of operations by airlines and the passenger numbers will certainly drop and the load factor will also drop. “Only 50 or 70 per cent of the passengers should be taken. These are some of the things that we ...
Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights
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Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights

The House of Representatives has said airlines from Canada and UK will no longer be allowed landing rights in Nigeria. The Committee on Aviation said this was in retaliation for denying Nigerian carrier the same rights. The Chairman, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, stated this in a statement issued on Saturday. He explained that the committee reached the decision on Friday at the end of an investigative hearing. Nnaaji said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE, UK and USA by Emirates Airline, British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, respectively. The lawmaker declared that their engagement in earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa. He disclosed that the House, via a motion, urged...
UK Flight that Violated Travel ban is FlairJet, not Flair Aviation- Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika
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UK Flight that Violated Travel ban is FlairJet, not Flair Aviation- Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

UK flight that violated travel ban is FlairJet, not Flair Aviation- Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika Hadi Sirika, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, today made a clarification on the UK aircraft that was impounded for violation of the travel ban in Nigeria. Recall that the Minister on Sunday May 17, via his Twitter handle, announced that a UK flight was impounded for operating a commercial flight as against the Humanitarian operation it was given approval to operate in Nigeria. The Minister had mentioned that the erring flight was Flair Aviation. However at the press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Minister said the erring flight is FlairJet and not Flair Aviation as he earlier stated. He also disclosed that the pilots of the flights have been quarantine...
Nigeria Impounds UK Aircraft Caught Conducting Commercial Flights
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Nigeria Impounds UK Aircraft Caught Conducting Commercial Flights

Nigeria has impounded an aircraft belonging to Flair Aviation, a United Kingdom company, after it was discovered to be conducting commercial flights to the country despite a ban on all flight operations due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The company, according to Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had been granted a waiver to carry out humanitarian operations but instead carried out commercial flights. COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!
FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja
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FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja

The Federal Government has ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to Abuja within 45 days. The Ministry of Aviation officials confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive only involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals have their headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna. This came as some employees of the affected agencies complained that there were few office spaces in Abuja to accommodate the workforce. However, it was learnt that the directive by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is aimed at cutting down the cost of governance by the Federal Government. Currently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have...
Coronavirus: FG Blocks Five Governors From Flying Out Of Nigeria
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Coronavirus: FG Blocks Five Governors From Flying Out Of Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that he has denied five governors flight approval, since the closure of the airports and the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. According to Sirika, three out of the four governors are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Two of the governors are from the South-east, two from South-south, while one was from North-central.Sirika disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, at the daily press briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. “Every single flight that we approved and will be approved will be an essential flight and 98 percent of the essential flight will be connected to COVID-19. “A few of them, maybe 1 percent may be either repatriation, requests from th...
Coronavirus: FG Extends Airport Closure By Two Weeks
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Coronavirus: FG Extends Airport Closure By Two Weeks

The Federal Government has extended the closure of airports in the country by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday. The PUNCH had reported that the FG shut all international airports in the country on Monday, March 23 for one month. Subsequently, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had extended the closure to all local airports in the country while announcing total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States on March 29. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja are two major entry points into Nigeria. Despite the closure of these airports and all others in the country to commercial flight operations, the government had said emergency a...
Gov Obaseki, Keyamo, Dino Melaye, Ben Bruce, others React to the Death of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari
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Gov Obaseki, Keyamo, Dino Melaye, Ben Bruce, others React to the Death of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, died on Friday April 17, weeks after testing positive for Coronavirus. Kyari tested positive in Abuja and was moved to Lagos for further medical attention but unfortunately passed away weeks later. Nigerians including Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, Dino Melaye, Ben Bruce. Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, and many others have taken to social media to mourn and react to Kyari's death. Read their reactions below.
Wike Has No Right To Order Arrest Of Pilots – Hadi Sirika
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Wike Has No Right To Order Arrest Of Pilots – Hadi Sirika

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says aviation matters are on the exclusive list of the federal government, faulting the order of Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, that two pilots of Caverton Helicopters should be arrested. The governor had accused Caverton Helicopter of violating the lockdown order imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. After their arrest, the pilots were subsequently arraigned at a magistrate’s court and remanded in prison till May. The airline had kicked against the remand of the pilots, saying aviation authorities granted it the permission to fly into Rivers state. At a press briefing organised by the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sirika corroborate the position of Caverton Helicopters, accusing the security operatives who arrested the pi...
Lagos To Get International Airport In April 2020 – FG
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Lagos To Get International Airport In April 2020 – FG

The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja pledged to ensure the delivery of a new international airport in Lagos before Easter celebration next year. The government also promised to deliver a new airport in Kano in December this year as had earlier been done in Abuja and Port Harcourt. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this in an interview with journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the State House. He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved counterpart funding for the delivery of the two airports as scheduled. “Mr. President has approved counterpart funding to quickly finish the new Lagos airport and that of Kano. We will by God’s grace complete Kano Airport in December and the...
Enugu Airport To Be Ready By April 2020 – Hadi Sirika
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Enugu Airport To Be Ready By April 2020 – Hadi Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said on Tuesday that he will be relocating his office to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu temporary to directly supervise the rehabilitation of the airport which he said will be completed before the end of April 2020. The Minister also announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year. Sirika who spoke while defending his ministry’s budget before the House on Aviation said with the approval of N10 billion for the Enugu Airport by the President, the contractors are expected to mobilise to site as soon as possible, adding that the President has already directed all agencies associated with th...
Enugu Airport Ready Before Christmas – Aviation Minister
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Enugu Airport Ready Before Christmas – Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, will be opened for local and international commercial flights before Christmas. Speaking on Channels Television, the minister said that work was ongoing and if there was sufficient funding to complete repairs on the dilapidated runway, the Federal government would reopen it before Christmas. “Work is ongoing. If everything is equal and we get all of the funding, we intend to reopen it before Christmas. Work does not necessarily mean the bringing of equipment into the airport to begin the reconstruction of that particular airport or runway; work entails the planning, mobilising people for work and the actual work itself. The planning is even more important than the work itself because when you pla...
Buhari Appoints Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu As FAAN MD
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Buhari Appoints Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu As FAAN MD

Federal Government on Monday appointed Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu as the new Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Until the recent appointment, the pilot with considerable industry experience was Director of Operstions, FAAN. He replaces Saleh Dunoma , who had spent over three decades in the airport authority, before he was appointed many years ago. Sources within the authority said the appointment has been received with mixed reactions from workers. Yadudu entry according to industry watchers is another attempt by the outgoing Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika to entrench some interest in the sector. Yadudu hails from Kano State, replacing Dunoma, who hails from Borno State. In a statement issued by Deputy Director Press and ...
FG to shut down Enugu airport for ‘security reasons’
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FG to shut down Enugu airport for ‘security reasons’

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to shut down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport due to security reasons.   Speaking in Lagos at a stakeholders forum on Friday, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika explained that the airport will be degraded for international operations, because the runway length is not ideal for such operations.   According to him, the market, television masts and free trade zone needs to be relocated for the airport to be fit for safe flights.
Boss Mustapha, Malami, Sirika… Ministers Who Will Make Buhari’s Next Cabinet
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Boss Mustapha, Malami, Sirika… Ministers Who Will Make Buhari’s Next Cabinet

However, Mustapha may face stiff opposition from the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, for his role in scuttling the chances of her younger brother, Mahmood Halilu Ahmed, during the APC governorship nomination. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has been tipped to retain his seat in Buhari's second term cabinet, SaharaReporters can report. Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), tops the list of a few returning ministers, with Hadi Sirika, Minister of State Aviation, also making the list. President Muhammadu Buhari had, after securing his reelection, declared publicly that "only people of proven integrity will make the next cabinet". Accordingly, the President’s inner clique, Abba Kyari, Mohammed Babag...
Nigerian Govt Bans Boeing 737 Max Planes From Country’s Airspace
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Nigerian Govt Bans Boeing 737 Max Planes From Country’s Airspace

Nigerian govt bans Boeing 737 Max planes from country’s airspace – The Nigerian federal government has banned Boeing 737 Max airplanes from flying into Nigeria’s airspace following a fatal crash in Ethiopia over the weekend. We gathered Hadi Sirika, minister of state, aviation, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. “Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane,” he said. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 73...
No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA
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No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave assurance on Tuesday on the state of aircraft flying in the country’s airspace. The NCAA said there was no cause for worry as no Boeing 747 Max 8 is presently in operation in the country. Its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye disclosed this in a statement. He assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm. He said : ” Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country. “However, the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.” Rec...
INEC Lied About Weather – Hadi Sirika, Minister Of State For Aviation
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INEC Lied About Weather – Hadi Sirika, Minister Of State For Aviation

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who reacted to the postponement of election and excuse Nigeria's electoral body gave, disclosed that INEC lied about the weather being bad to move materials. Recall that INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood disclosed that the presidential and National Assembly elections were postponed over bad weather which affected flight operations. However reacting to this via Twitter, Minister of State for Aviation who insinuated that INEC lied about weather, wrote; “INEC should say something else as weather was good for flight operations on the eve of elections, similarly all airports were directed to open 24 hours during the election period.” However an Spokesman for the electoral body, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzezi who spoke with a Punch corresponde...
Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister
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Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister

Special treatment and privileges will now be accorded to military personnel henceforth. This is according to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He made this known during a visit by members of Defence Headquarters Committeee for Sensitisation Strategy on Public Appreciation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, gave the directive. The treatment that military officials will enjoy at airports in Nigeria will be similar to that giving to Very Important Persons (VIP) during check-in and boarding at any airport in Nigeria. The Minister gave a directive to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other agencies in the sector to immediately incorporate policies and activities that show appreciation of both the serving and retired military personnel in Nigeria as it is done i...
Aviation Security To Start Carrying Arms In Nigeria
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Aviation Security To Start Carrying Arms In Nigeria

The Federal Government has approved the bearing of arms by personnel of Aviation Security (AVSEC) to enhance the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP) and the approval has secured the support of the Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative (ART). President of ART, Gbenga Olowo, who spoke in Lagos said that the primary objective of AVSEC was the protection and safety of passengers, crew, ground personnel, aircraft and facilities serving the civil aviation. Not too long ago, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced that the AVSEC officials at the airports would start bearing arms within the next three months. He, however, noted that the participation of other security agencies in the sector for the same purposes was inevitable. Olowo said: “consequent to this...
Search Of Atiku’s Aircraft A Normal Routine Exercise In Airports – FG
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Search Of Atiku’s Aircraft A Normal Routine Exercise In Airports – FG

The Federal Government on Sunday said the search on the aircraft of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, at the Abuja airport was a routine exercise that applied to all international arrivals. The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Sirika said while it was true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen. He described the checks as mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine, adding that no one is excused from them under the nation’s laws. While urging law-abiding citizens to respect the laws of the country, Sirika advised ...
Aisha Buhari Hosts Artistes Supporting President Buhari (Photos)
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Aisha Buhari Hosts Artistes Supporting President Buhari (Photos)

some artistes rooting for her husband at the launching of a music album called “Sakamakon Chanji”, which means ‘aftermath of change agenda’. The album was made by the Northern Nigeria Musical Artistes to support President Buhari’s change agenda. The Senior Special Assistant to the President in the Wife of the President’s Office, Dr Hajo Sani, expressed appreciation to the musicians for their contribution to Nigeria’s entertainment industry. Sani said the artistes played important role towards enlightening Nigerians on the need to promote peace and good governance. She also explained that the artistes promoted peace and the good work of President Buhari in the last three years of the administration. One of the artistes, Adam Zango, said in spite of developmental efforts of prev...
Nigerians React To Suspension Of Nigeria Air Project
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Nigerians React To Suspension Of Nigeria Air Project

As expected, a lot of Nigerians have reacted to the Federal Government suspending the National carrier – Nigeria Air project. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had earlier today in Abuja announced the suspension of the project. He said the federal government took the decision to suspend the procurement of Nigeria Air at the federal executive council meeting. Sirika didn’t give any specific reasons for the suspension. The Minister who said the decision was strategic dismissed claims that the suspension was due to pressure from stakeholders and the political atmosphere. Well, as you’d expect, many Nigerians have since reacted on Social media to the report. See reactions below; @Fransilogu: There is no difference between Nigeria Air and MMM. @de...
Nigeria Air: FG Suspends National Carrier Project
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Nigeria Air: FG Suspends National Carrier Project

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the suspension of the Nigeria’s national carrier – Nigeria Air. The decision was disclosed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the federal government took the decision to suspend the procurement of Nigeria Air at the federal executive council meeting. Sirika didn’t give any specific reasons for the suspension. The Minister who said the decision was strategic dismissed claims that the suspension was due to pressure from stakeholders and the political atmosphere. It can be recalled that the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika had back in July unveiled the name of Nigeria’s national carrier – Nigeria Air, as well as the logo of the brand at an event at the Farnborough Inte...
Aviation Unions Delighted With Nigeria’s Retention Of CAT 1 Status
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Aviation Unions Delighted With Nigeria’s Retention Of CAT 1 Status

Aviation unions on Wednesday commended the efforts of the Civil Aviation Authorities for the country’s retention of its Category One (CAT 1) status after another audit in the industry. The unions are: the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). The National President, ATSSSAN, Mr Ahmadu Ilitrus and the General Secretary, NUATE, Mr Olayinka Abioye, spoke with newsmen in Lagos. The retention of Category 1 status follows a successful re-certification audit conducted on the nation’s aviation facilities by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A letter from the FAA Administrator, Mr Dan Elwell, was formally delivered to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, by the Direct...
Nigerian Govt Announces Planned Establishment Of New Airline
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Nigerian Govt Announces Planned Establishment Of New Airline

Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved AMG (Airline Management Group) to work on establishment of a new national carrier.   Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.     Government had in May 2017 appointed Messers Lufthansa consortium and five other advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure.   “Today Council considered a memo from transportation regarding aviation”, Sirika said.   “It was a memo that was brought to substitute a member of the consortium that will provide transaction advisory services for the establishment of a National career.   “And tha...
Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit
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Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU.   A press statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Thursday says the highlight of the president’s engagements during the visit will be his statement under the historic theme for the AU Summit, namely: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”   “This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders,” the statement said.   On July 4, 2017 during the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed Mr. Buhari to champion the f...
Nigerian Government Threatens To Revoke Contract For Remodeling Port-Harcourt Airport
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Nigerian Government Threatens To Revoke Contract For Remodeling Port-Harcourt Airport

The Federal Government has threatened to revoke the remodelling contract of the domestic wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport due to slow pace of work by the contractor.   The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known to journalists during an inspection of ongoing construction at the Port Harcourt International Airport yesterday.     He said that work on the arrival terminal of the domestic wing of the airport, being handled by INTER-BAU Construction Ltd., had suffered prolonged delay since inception in 2012.   Sirika lamented that in spite of all the contract variations that the company had enjoyed from the past and present administrations, it was yet to deliver on the project.   The minister explained that there...
Federal Govt Threatens To Revoke Port Harcourt Airport Contract
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Federal Govt Threatens To Revoke Port Harcourt Airport Contract

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister for State for Aviation, says the Federal Government may revoke the remodeling contract of the domestic wing, Port Harcourt International Airport due to slow pace of work by the contractor. Sirika made this know to newsmen during an inspection of ongoing construction at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday. He said that work on the arrival terminal of the domestic wing of the airport, being handled by INTER-BAU Construction Ltd., had suffered prolonged delay since inception in 2012. Sirika lamented that in spite of all the contract variations that the company had enjoyed from the past and present administrations, it was yet to deliver on the project. “Unfortunately, this contract was awarded in 2012 and since then the contractor has taken...
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Airlines To Save $90m On Local Aircraft Maintenance

Nigeria is set to save millions of dollars by improving the country’s capacity in aircraft maintenance, the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said. Local maintenance capacity for aircraft, the minister said, will not only address huge capital flight, but will create jobs for teeming indigenous professionals. Speaking at the weekend during the unveiling of Aero Contractors Maintenances Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Lagos, Sirika said the centre will save the country at least $90 million from about 30 Boeing aircraft on domestic carriers’ fleet. According to Sirika, the roll out of Aerocontractors 737-500 aircraft from the hangar after a successful completion of C-Check has changed the the airline’s narrative. C-check is a detailed maintenance check where the ...
Nigeria Airways Retirees Okay Fed Govt Approved N45 Billion For Pension Arrears
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Nigeria Airways Retirees Okay Fed Govt Approved N45 Billion For Pension Arrears

Retired workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways have agreed to the N45 billion approved by the Federal Government to settle their pension arrears. The workers, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), and Aviation Union Grand Alliance (AUGA) disclosed their readiness at the weekend after their meeting. The Chairman of the Nigeria Airways branch of NUT, Sam Nzene, said that the retirees agreed to accept the sum to assist their suffering and sick members. According to him, the amount fell short of the N78.3billion earlier projected, adding that the amount was necessary to settle the almost 12 years arrears of their members. The retirees, totaling about 6000, had been abandoned since the airline was liquidated in 2004 without receiving their severance packages. The...
Fed Govt Okays Concession Of Additional Airports, Transaction Advisers
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Fed Govt Okays Concession Of Additional Airports, Transaction Advisers

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it has approved the concession of Kano and Port Harcourt airports, as well as transaction advisers for the process. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while speaking on the certification of Nigerian airports at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. On September 11, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Executive Council had agreed to the concession of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. The vice-president did not mention the Kano and Port Harcourt airports. But Sirika, while commenting on the latest certification obtained by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for the MMA, noted that FEC had also approved the concession of both Kano and Port Harcourt a...
5% PSC Remittance: Unlawfully Robbing FAAN To Pay AIB – Unions
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5% PSC Remittance: Unlawfully Robbing FAAN To Pay AIB – Unions

Two aviation unions have rejected the recent ministerial directive that five per cent of the revenue collected by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria from Passengers Service Charge should be remitted to the Accident Investigation Bureau. The unions described the remittance as “trying to unlawfully rob FAAN to pay AIB when both are established by law stipulating their source of funding”. The unions — Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and Nigeria Union Of Pensioners, FAAN Branch — made their position known in a letter dated July 7 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari. A copy of the letter which was jointly signed by the Secretary General of ANAP, Mr Abdul Saidu, and NUP General Secretary, Mr Emeka Njoku, was obtained on Monday in Lagos. The unions urged t...
Springfountain, Boeing To Invest $20bn In Nigerian Aviation Industry
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Springfountain, Boeing To Invest $20bn In Nigerian Aviation Industry

One of Nigeria’s leading aviation infrastructure firms, Springfountain, and aircraft manufacturers, the Boeing Company USA, have signed a strategic agreement that would lead to a $20bn investment in the Nigerian aviation industry within the next few years. The agreement was signed on Monday in Lagos by Mrs Tokunbor Fagbemi, Managing Director, Springfountain and Mr Larry Tolliver, Head of Sales, West and Central Africa, the Boeing Company. Speaking at the ceremony, Fagbemi said the proposed investment would be carried out through the African Aircraft Leasing Company, OEM Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre, African Aircraft Spare Parts Company and Aggregated Services Solutions. Fagbemi said it would cover aircraft leasing, maintenance, repair and overhaul, spares logistics and supply...
Abba Kyari Wants To Cut Off These 7 Ministers From Buhari – Sahara Reporters
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Abba Kyari Wants To Cut Off These 7 Ministers From Buhari – Sahara Reporters

The source listed the following minister as those Kyari thinks should be cut off from President Buhari. 1. Lai Mohammed He is the Minister of Information and Culture. 2. Babatunde Fashola He is the Minister of Power, Works and Housing. 3. Rotimi Amaechi He is the Minister of Transportation. 4. Audu Ogbeh He is the Minister of Agriculture. 5. Hadi Sirika He is the Minister of State for Aviation.. 6. Abubakar Malami He is the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 7. Jummai Alhassan She is the Minister of Women Affairs. SaharaReporters also learned that the Chief of Staff recently sidelined Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, when Mr. Kyari set aside the minister’s list of heads of agencies under his ministry...
Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS
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Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has been named as the architect of the president’s controversial letter to the National Assembly informing legislators that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to be the “coordinator” of government activities during Mr. Buhari’s latest trip to Britain to undergo urgent medical care. The phrasing of the letter, a departure from President Buhari’s previous ones where Mr. Osinbajo was explicitly named “Acting President,” has generated widespread discussion and a measure of political tension within Nigeria. Several high-ranking sources at the Presidency confirmed to SaharaReporters that the decision to use the phrase, “the Vice President will coordinate the activities of the Government,” instead of expressing what the Constitution stipul...
The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati
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The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati

I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who speak as if they have hot water on their tongues. Airport continuity announcers in Nigeria tend to imitate these OAPs. This has been for me a great source of irritation. The last time I travelled from Lagos to Abuja, for example, I missed my flight because I just could not figure out what was being said. I was stranded because someone chose to speak fake English. The electronic boards at Nigerian airports where they are available, are unreliable and so, you invariably have to rely on those...
Abuja Airpot Runway 96% Ready, Re-opens Next Week Wednesday -Hadi Sirika
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Abuja Airpot Runway 96% Ready, Re-opens Next Week Wednesday -Hadi Sirika

All appears to be put in place for the reopening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, The airport had been temporarily shut down on 9th of March, 2017, for six weeks of runway rehabilitation exercise. The runway has been in use since the airport was built in 1982, and expired about 14 years ago. After much debates, the rehabilitation exercise was awarded for the sum of N5.8 million and work began on the runway. As at the 30th of March 2017, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika had said the airport was 57.5%% ready. While inspecting the final lap of work on the runway on Monday, The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, confirmed that the airport is 96% ready and assured everyone that the airport will be reopened on the 19th of April, 2...