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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...
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...
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The federal government has withdrawn the approval granted to Emirates to conduct international flight operations in the country.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...
Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja
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Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja

Despite misgivings and protest, aviation agencies have started relocating to Abuja in compliance with the 45-day deadline given by the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika. Sirika had, in a letter dated 4th May 2020 FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, Alhaji Mohammad Shehu, ordered all agencies based in Lagos to relocate to Abuja. The agencies are: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Stakeholders had rejected the proposal which they said was not realistic. They said Lagos remains the centre of aviation and relocation of the bureaucracy could slow down activities in the sector. As the 45 days elapsed...
We Have Lost $5bn To COVID-19 – Jet Operators
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We Have Lost $5bn To COVID-19 – Jet Operators

Private Jets Nigeria has said the association suffered over five billion dollars financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Operating Officer of the association, Omotade Lepe, disclosed this during the Luxury Reporter Facebook Live Series with the theme, “The Private Jets Sector Post- COVID-19″. Lepe said this period has been the most challenging for operators as it suffered revenue loss, decline in flight requests, among others while overhead remained fixed. “COVID-19 has dealt seriously with the aviation sector generally but for the private jet operators, we can say we have lost over five billion dollars while the pandemic ravaged the world,” he said. The official said that the association had put in place some measures to revamp the business post-COVID-19 in orde...
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: US To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria
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Coronavirus: US To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures , The PUNCH reports . This is not unconnected to the exploding coronavirus cases in Nigeria which stand at 81 on Saturday morning according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had closed all international airports in the country including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to prevent further importation of COVID -19 . But the Consulate on Friday , in a notice entitled ‘ Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria ’ sighted by The PUNCH , advised American citizens to be in Abuja and Lagos “ as soon as possible ” to joi...
Nigerian Government Suspends Dana Air
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Nigerian Government Suspends Dana Air

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has banned the operations of Dana Air by suspending its operating license. NCAA’s spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, announced the suspension in a statement Wednesday. Mr. Adurogboye explained that the suspension order commenced on Wednesday. According to him, the suspension was carried out to pave way for an investigation on the airline. He explained that Dana Air had already complied with the order. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the suspension is coming on the heels of an earlier resolution of the Senate’s directive to the NCAA to ban the airline from flying in the Nigerian airspace. A Dana Air aircraft carrying 153 people crashed in Lagos on June 3, 2012, killing everybody aboard and 6 on ground.
Aviation Authority Investigates Helicopter’s Landing On Benin-Ore Highway
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Aviation Authority Investigates Helicopter’s Landing On Benin-Ore Highway

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it has begun a full-scale investigation to ascertain the viral video of the helicopter that landed on the Benin-Ore Expressway on Sunday. The General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a video had gone viral on social media of a high profile individual who was picked up by a helicopter after being stuck in traffic for hours. Mr Adurogboye said initial reports indicated that the helicopter was owned by Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd, with registration number 5N – BVQ while the aircraft type was AW139. “The pilot was compelled to land between Benin and Ore in an unscheduled diversion to pick up someone. ...
Pilot Flying With Expired Medical Certificate Loses Licence In Nigeria
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Pilot Flying With Expired Medical Certificate Loses Licence In Nigeria

A pilot who flew for six consecutive months with an expired medical certificate got his Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) revoked by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The identity of the pilot and the airline he flew for was not disclosed by NCAA. The pilot flew between November 2018 to May 2019 without a valid medical certificate. A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA said: “Specifically, the pilot’s medical certificate commenced validity from 17th July, 2017 and expired on the 16th January, 2018. Another one was processed on 11th May 2018 which expired on the 10th November, 2018. “However, investigation has revealed that instead of the pilot revalidating his medical certificate he conducted flight operations as the pilot-in-command (PIC)...
NCAA Cautions Pilots, Airlines Over Imminent Adverse Weather
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NCAA Cautions Pilots, Airlines Over Imminent Adverse Weather

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday warned pilots and airline operators to be wary of weather changes and their adverse effects on flight operations.The regulator, in an Advisory Circular issued to pilots and airlines, alerted the operators of imminent thunderstorms during the rainy season. General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said the circular was sequel to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for 2019. NIMET has predicted that rainy season would begin in earnest in March/April and May/June 2019 in the Southern and Northern parts of the country, which is usually accompanied by turbulence. This, according to experts, is in addition to microburst, low-level wind share and sometimes events that could ...
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...
FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports
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FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has begun the process of certifying the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kaduna International Airport, Port-Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airports, Enugu. This is coming on the heel of a similar exercise carried out in 2017 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, made this known on Tuesday at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos. Dunoma said that FAAN was carrying out the certification process in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). He said that the exercise would be completed by the middle of 2...
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...
Reps Probe Airworthiness Of Planes In Nigeria
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Reps Probe Airworthiness Of Planes In Nigeria

The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Aviation committee to begin a holistic investigation on the technical and operational status of registered commercial and private aircraft in the country.   The committee is also expected to evaluate the operational environment of the aviation sub-sector to enhance improved operational standards, boost the safety, protection, confidence and comfort of passengers flying the Nigerian airspace.     Sponsoring the adopted motion, Hon. Abubakar Amuda-Kannike said the investigation was necessary to mitigate air mishap, enhance smooth operations and ensure compliance to safety standards.   He regretted that the non-compliance with applicable airworthiness requirements exposes passengers and equipment to hig...
Analysis: Dana Air’s Many Troubles And Aviation Regulation In Nigeria
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Analysis: Dana Air’s Many Troubles And Aviation Regulation In Nigeria

On Tuesday, 49 people escaped death as a Dana aircraft overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt Airport, after it touched down. An aircraft is said to have overshot the runway when it moves beyond the specified point due to over speeding or its inability to stop. But the aircraft, which left Abuja for the Rivers State Capital, skidded off the runway due to what the airline described as heavy rainfall in Port Harcourt. Dana Air already blamed the problem on the weather condition, same as the airport authority, FAAN, even before a formal investigation was conducted. The incident recorded no casualty and the passengers were reportedly evacuated safely out of the aircraft. The development drew the ire of many Nigerians, who attributed the incidence to lapses in the regulation of...
PAHCOL Suspends Operations At Lagos, Abuja Airports
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PAHCOL Suspends Operations At Lagos, Abuja Airports

Four days after reports accused Menzies Aviation of carrying out illegal ground handling operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, the company said it had suspended ground handling work at the Lagos and Abuja Airports. Menzies was last week accused of carrying out the ground handling operations with its partners, Precision Aviation Handling Company Limited (PAHCOL) and Aviation Handling Services (AHS) International. Sam Oluwole, Director AHS, said the company would suspend ground handling work at the airports until it regularised its documentation with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Oluwole also debunked claims of illegal operations, citing the misunderstanding of the agreement it had with Menzies by its competitors who, he said, were jittery over the...
NCAA, Air Peace Bicker Over Burglary Incident At Lagos Airport
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NCAA, Air Peace Bicker Over Burglary Incident At Lagos Airport

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has spoken on the burglary attempt on the cargo compartment of an Abuja-bound Air Peace aircraft on Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Spokesman for NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, in a statement yesterday, faulted the pilot’s assertion of burglars attacking his aircraft cargo compartment, saying a review of all the reports from relevant agencies at the Lagos airport had led to the conclusion that the theft incident on the aircraft was unfounded. “The NCAA came to the conclusion that the Runway 18R burglary report is unproven, largely unsubstantiated and therefore should be discountenanced,” Adurogboye said. However, in a swift reaction, the spokesman for Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah, accused the NCAA of trying to cover-up the ...
Nigeria Committed To Single African Air Transport Market – Hadi Sirika
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Nigeria Committed To Single African Air Transport Market – Hadi Sirika

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says Nigeria is committed to the full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which will be inaugurated on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. SAATM, is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the AU, to create a single unified air transport market in Africa, the liberalisation of civil aviation in Africa and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda. Sirika gave the assurance on Tuesday at a sensitisation workshop on SAATM in Lagos. The workshop which has as theme: “SAATM Implementation: It’s Impact on the Nigerian Aviation Industry and National Economy,” was organised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Sirika, who was represented by the ...
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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 Civil Aviation Authority Lowers Minimum Visibility For 18 Airports
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Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Lowers Minimum Visibility For 18 Airports

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in conjunction with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has lowered minimum visibility for takeoff and landing of flights for 18 airports which have improved navigational aids, including Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and other equipment that enhance visibility during inclement weather. This new minimum visibility will take effect from thursday. Before now, the average minimum visibility was 800 metres below which flights were not allowed to operate to the airports, but now flights can operate when visibility is about 150 meters, depending on the available navigational aids. The implication of this is that flights that were hitherto stopped from operating to airports when the visibility were below 800 metres can now operate; so...
Reps Summon Adeosun, Ngige, Others Over Non Remittances Of Workers Compensation To NSITF
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Reps Summon Adeosun, Ngige, Others Over Non Remittances Of Workers Compensation To NSITF

The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on non-remittance of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund contributions by the Federal, State and Local Government on Monday summoned the Finance Minister; Kemi Adeosun, Budget and Planning Minister; Senator Udoma Udoma and Minister of Labour and Employment; Chris Ngige. Others to appear alongside the ministers, at 3pm today, are the Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwuka Onyeama who chaired the committee said it has become expedient and also compelling to invite the ministers and top government functionaries whom he described as key to the probe to make a presentation and clear grey areas. He explained that their information ...
Concession: Local, Foreign Firms Jostle For Lagos, Abuja Airports
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Concession: Local, Foreign Firms Jostle For Lagos, Abuja Airports

Indications have emerged that companies owned by top Nigerian business moguls and some foreign firms from Europe have shown interest in running the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Top government officials, who are privy to the airport concession arrangement, said that companies owned by the top Nigerians were among those indicating interest to run the two major airports on terms to be stipulated by the proposed concession agreement. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the local companies owned by the business tycoons would be partnering foreign firms with pedigree in airport management to execute the concession agreement. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, last month announced that the F...
NCAA Grants Aero Contractors Right To Maintain Aircraft In Nigeria
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NCAA Grants Aero Contractors Right To Maintain Aircraft In Nigeria

Respite may have come the way of the country’s domestic airlines as one of the airlines, Aero Contractors has received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to handle C-Checks on Boeing B737-300, B737-400 and B737-509 at the the airline’s terminal. Following the development, domestic airlines will be able to save over $48 million spent on offshore maintenance of 24 Boeing 737 classics on their fleet in view of the approval. In his reaction, the Managing Director of the airline, Captain Ado Sanusi said the approval to the airline for its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) to carry out major maintenance otherwise known as C-check will save the country millions of dollars annually. According to Sanusi, with 24 Boeing 737 classic aircraft on the fleet of...
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...
FirstNation Speaks On Downgrade By Aviation Agencies
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FirstNation Speaks On Downgrade By Aviation Agencies

FirstNation Airways said on Tuesday it will go back to scheduled services by the fourth quarter of 2017. A statement signed by Rasheed Yusuf said the airline is currently pursuing a fleet expansion programme. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, had on Monday downscaled the Certificate of Airworthiness of the airline as a scheduled operator to a non-scheduled operator over alleged violation of safety procedures. But the statement, Tuesday, said the airline’s airworthiness status has not been downgraded, adding that it has only renewed its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for charter services. “Our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) fell due for renewal on July 31st, 2017, this is the third successful renewal that we have achieved working in good faith with regulatory auth...
Executive Orders: Aviation Agencies Streamline Operations, Update Websites
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Executive Orders: Aviation Agencies Streamline Operations, Update Websites

Aviation agencies at the Lagos airport have complied with the Executive Orders given by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by streamlining their operations and updating their websites, among others. Our correspondent observed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have included the requirements, conditions and procedures for doing business with them, especially in the area of procurement, on their websites. These agencies and others, which operate at airports across the country, including the Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Security, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Services, have streamlined their activities at the Murtala Muhammed Internati...
No Compromise On Osinbajo’s Executive Orders – Aviation Agencies
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No Compromise On Osinbajo’s Executive Orders – Aviation Agencies

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, on Tuesday said it would be uncompromising in the implementation of the Federal Government’s Executive Order at airports in the country. The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, made this known after a meeting with all the participating agencies at the committee level set up to fast track the implementation of the order at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. “As indicated by the executive order, there will be no compromise with the procedures. This means whatever security procedure or security checks we adopt, will not be compromised. “I told them that we have to meet the deadline set by the executive order. They have mapped out their strategy in line with the order, but they need to meet regularly to ensure that ...
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...
Nigeria’s Private Jet Owners Spend N30bn On Maintenance Annually
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Nigeria’s Private Jet Owners Spend N30bn On Maintenance Annually

As the number of private jet owners in Nigeria continues to decrease due to economic recession, the remaining 50 per cent who still own the luxury items now spend about N30 billion on maintenance annually,EYES OF LAGOS checks have revealed. It was gathered that the remaining 100 owners of private jets in the country spend between $500,000 to $1 million to maintain their jets annually, translating to N30.5 billion. Our finding showed that the number of owners of the luxury items dropped from 200 to between 50 and100, with most of them who are out of the league either selling out their private jets or returning them to their original owners abroad. Before the present government came into power, it was estimated that Nigeria had about 200 private jets owned by individuals. With the Presid...
NCAA Cautions Ethiopian Airlines On Deportation Charges
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NCAA Cautions Ethiopian Airlines On Deportation Charges

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines (ET) to stop collection of what the airline called “refundable deportation fee”, saying such fees are unauthorised by the agency. According to NCAA, these unauthorised charges referred to as “Refundedable Deportation Fee” are put at between $75 and $150 per passenger. In an official statement issued yesterday signed by the agency’s General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA disclosed that all South Africa bound passengers on Ethiopian Airlines are compelled to pay this amount before boarding. The statement made available to EYES OF LAGOS stated that the Authority has been inundated with several complaints from many passengers that have suffered this fate. “According to investigation by NCAA, all outb...
Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency
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Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Engr. Saleh Dunoma as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The President also confirmed the appointments of Captain Mukhtar Usman as the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Captain Fola C. Akinkotu as the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) respectively. A statement issued by the Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said the appointments take immediate effect. President Buhari also approved the appointment of a new Board and Executive Management for Rural Electrification Agency. According to the statement, the Chairman of the Board is Engr. Umaru Maza Maza, whi...
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...
Dana Air Bags Leadership Brand Of The Year, Offers Discounts For NYSC, Students
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Dana Air Bags Leadership Brand Of The Year, Offers Discounts For NYSC, Students

Award winning Nigerian carrier, Dana Air has bagged the prestigious Leadership Brand of the year award, held recently at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. Speaking at the conference themed: THE RICE ECONOMY,  the Chairman of Leadership Group Mr Sam Nda – Isaiah said, ‘ Leadership Conference and Awards is a yearly event organized to celebrate individuals and corporate organizations who have shown distinction in their different areas  like governors, bankers, administrators, businessmen, companies and youth  who have also shown that they are not limited by the disquieting recession.’’ ‘Our choices are not influenced in anyway and our nominations go through rigorous and painstaking debates. Sometimes we fall into a dilemma and end of choosing more than one for a category but...
Dana Air To Review Aib’s Full Reports On Ill-fated Crash
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Dana Air To Review Aib’s Full Reports On Ill-fated Crash

Dana Air has disclosed that the airline would review all the safety recommendations prescribed in the full report of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) that was made public on Monday. Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline’s Communications Manager, stated this in a statement issued to newsmen in Lagos on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the AIB Commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, on Monday presented the final reports on the Dana crash and three other serious incidents. NAN reports that the Boeing MD-83 aircraft with registration number 5N-RAM which was going to Lagos from Abuja crashed in the densely-populated Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State. The plane crashed into a two-storey building at Iju-Ishaga, killing all 153 passengers on board, including six crew. There were also...
Airlines At Kaduna Airport Insist On Cash Payment
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Airlines At Kaduna Airport Insist On Cash Payment

Passengers stranded, lack access to ATM, PoS, BDC Air passengers plying the Kaduna International Airport (KIA) are facing fresh hurdles as airlines operating at the aerodrome are insisting on only cash transaction. The newly refurbished airport, which also serves as an alternative to the closed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, is currentlyoperat without Automated Teller Machines (ATM), Point of Sale (PoS) and Bureau de Change (BDC) outlets to serve international passengers especially. Some passengers without cash to buy tickets or prior booking arrangements are left stranded at the airport. The development is coming at a time the Federal Government is working to ensure a seamless transition, as the airport is the only route to connect the Federal Capital Territo...
FG Appoints 5 New Directors, General Manager For NCAA
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FG Appoints 5 New Directors, General Manager For NCAA

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of five new Directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The new directors and their designations are as follows:- Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita (Director of Air Transport Regulations, DATR). Ahmed Abbas Sanusi (Director, Human Resources and Administration, DHR & ADMIN). Bilikisu Adamu Sani, (Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA). Odunowo Tayyib Adetunji (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, DAAS). Engr.Ita Awak, (Director of Airworthiness Standards, DAWS). Lawrence Mathew Kwajok, (General Manager, Air Navigational Standards,ANS) According to a statement by General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, all appointments are with immediate effect. Prompt News recall...
FG Sacks All NCAA Directors
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FG Sacks All NCAA Directors

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transport , on Friday approved the sack of all the directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with immediate effect . The General Manager , Public Relations, NCAA , Mr Sam Adurogboye , confirmed the development, saying “ It is true that the directors have been disengaged but I don ’ t have details of the reasons given for the action by the ministry . ” A total of 10 directors were sacked after the approval was given to the ministry by the government . The directors affected by the purge were Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts ) , Dr Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards ) , Mr Aba Ejembi ( Director of Administration) and Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami ( Director of Licensing) . Others were Mr ...