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Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)
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Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)

After 45 years on the throne, light dimmed yesterday for Emir Zazzau Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at 84. Thousands of people converged on the palace at Zaria to pay their last respects as the remains of perhaps, the longest serving emir, were interred beside the tomb of some of the past emirs. Prayers for the repose of the soul of the 18th Emir of Zazzau, were attended by Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who led the presidential delegation. Other members are: Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Governor Nasir El-Rufai led the Kaduna State delegation which included Secretary to State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker Yusuf Zailani and heads of mili...
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...
Suspended Jet Company Refers To Naira Marley And Crew As ‘Bunch Of Useless People’, Mistook Him For Fashola
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Suspended Jet Company Refers To Naira Marley And Crew As ‘Bunch Of Useless People’, Mistook Him For Fashola

Executive Jet Services, the airline suspended by the Federal Government for ferrying Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, from Lagos to Abuja has cleared air on the controversial flight, saying it was a case of mistaken identity. Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Sam Iwuajoku, explained that the airline was misled that the flight was operated to airlift Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and not the popular musician. He, therefore, apologized to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. There had been outrage when video emerged of Naira Marley disembarking from the plane on landing in Abuja while he also hosted a concert at Jabi Lake Mall despite the interstate lockdown and flight restriction. Sirika had, at the daily bri...
We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says
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We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said he has never asked for or received a bribe and has challenged anyone who has contrary information to come forward. Sirika yesterday said the clarification became necessary after backlash from Nigerians on Twitter accusing the Ministry of Aviation of demanding money before flights are approved. Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, he said such claims are false. “I have read also on Twitter that there are certain monies being charged for approval for flights. This is far from the truth. It’s for free. It’s just frivolous; it’s just a pen to be approved,” he said. “Just send a text message, we will send them back as approved. So nobody should con anybody and people should stop living in the p...
Rebranding: Arik Air To Be Renamed Nigeria Eagle
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Rebranding: Arik Air To Be Renamed Nigeria Eagle

The Federal Government may have concluded plans to rename Arik Air to Nigeria Eagle as it commences total rebranding of the airline, which is currently under the control of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The prototype, cited by New Telegraph, which shows the logo of eagles emblazoned on the aircraft’s engine and painted in green colour, highlights the seriousness to give the airline a new look and reposition it for efficient services. An aircraft engineer, who works for Arik, but pleaded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the new order, said in a matter of weeks, the carrier would have a name change. “Arik is undergoing rebranding. Very soon, a new name will be announced,” he stated, as he showed our correspondent the pictures of the new name and logo. ...
Enugu Airport To Be Opened Before Easter – Aviation Minister
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Enugu Airport To Be Opened Before Easter – Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, today inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu with the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Federal House of Respresentatives, Hon. Nnoli Nnaji, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji and the delegation from the South East Governors Forum' Enugu Airport/Palliative Works Committee, among others. Briefing newsmen after the inspection, the minister expressed satisfaction with the extent of work done so far, reassuring that the airport will be reopened before Easter as earlier promised. In her remarks, Enugu...
NAAPE Threatens Strike Over Aero’s Non-Payment Of Ex-Workers
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NAAPE Threatens Strike Over Aero’s Non-Payment Of Ex-Workers

The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, (NAAPE) has threatened to embark on nationwide strike over the non-payment of redundancy benefits to workers that were laid off from Aero Contractors. It was part of the agreement during the disengagement of the workers that the company would pay the aforementioned benefits but it was gathered from the new Aero management that it does not have the funds to fulfill that promise; although it is disposed to pay the benefits when funds are available. But NAAPE said the strike action would commence at a soon-to-be announced date after it finalises consultation with other aviation unions and stakeholders in the industry. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos at the weekend, the National President of NAAPE, Abednego Galadima, a...
I Will Resign If Abuja Airport Is Not Ready In 6 Weeks – Aviation Minister
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I Will Resign If Abuja Airport Is Not Ready In 6 Weeks – Aviation Minister

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said he would resign if the ongoing repair of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) runway was not completed in six weeks as planned. Sirika, who said this on Monday accused some people of spreading misinformation about the repair. He spoke alongside, Information minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at a special session of Aviation Round Table, (ART) held in Lagos, adding that it was not true the work has been extended. Sirika said he could not affect to disappoint Nigerians after taking a decision that affected the lives of over 150 million Nigerians.
FG Launches Harmonised Departure & Arrival Cards At Airports
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FG Launches Harmonised Departure & Arrival Cards At Airports

The federal government on Thursday launched harmonised departure and arrival cards at the Kaduna International Airport, as it begins the service of alternate airport to Abuja, which was shut down in the midnight of Wednesday. The Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdulrahman Danbazau, accompanied by the Minister‎ of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, explained that the harmonised departure/arrival cards for international passengers was done in line with international best practices and in pursuit of the federal government policy of ease of doing business To facilitate seamless access for international investors, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is also introducing visa on arrival at the airport ‎for those “who have serious business to do in the country”. Danbazau said the int...
Foreign Airlines Notify FG Of Unwillingness To Operate From Kaduna Airport
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Foreign Airlines Notify FG Of Unwillingness To Operate From Kaduna Airport

Following the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for repair works on the runway for 6 weeks, with effect from March 6th, the foreign Airlines have started giving notifications to the Federal Government of their intention not to operate from Kaduna airport. The foreign airlines had earlier told the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, during the stakeholders meeting the minister called in Abuja to address all issues relating to the proposed closure, that they will not operate from Kaduna Airport due to security issues in Kaduna State. Despite the government frantic efforts to allay the fears of the airlines, British Airways has just notified the federal government that it will not operate from the Kaduna Airport during the closure of the Abuja Airp...
Saraki Promises To Intervene In Aviation Sector Facility Crisis
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Saraki Promises To Intervene In Aviation Sector Facility Crisis

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday pledged to intervene in the nation's aviation sector, which has suffered major setbacks, with the purported non-calibration of all 30 Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and VHF Omnidirectional Ranges (VHFs) that are operational in the country. In his response to a social media user, Adamu Taiwo Haruna, who tweeted at the Senate President’s @BukolaSaraki handle saying “SP @bukolasaraki all 30 Instrument Landing Systems & VORs in Nigeria are all out of calibration. This is a serious safety issue Sir,” Saraki responded that he would personally take up the issues with the aviation minister, Senator Hadi Sirika and heads of other agencies concerned. “Thank you for the info[mation],” the Senate President responded via his personal...