AD Chieftain advises FG to handle Sowore’s matter with utmost caution

A chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Honourable Caulcrick Akinkunle, has advised the Nigeria government, to handle the matter of Omoyele Sowore, with utmost caution. Akinkunle, AD Chairman in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Lagos, gave the advice, in a chat with journalists on the continuous detention of Sowore, despite an order of the Court for his release and his party’s case before Supreme Court of Nigeria. On Sowore, Akinkunle said: “On August 3, 2019 Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate, was arrested by the Nigerian Department of Security Services…

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Industry steps up efforts against rogue lithium battery shipments

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in partnership with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), are amplifying their efforts to ensure the safe air transport of lithium batteries. The organizations are also renewing calls for governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labeled and non-compliant shipments introduced into the supply chain, by issuing and enforcing criminal sanctions on those responsible. Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually. With…

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Gender balance in civil aviation gains momentum as 59 airlines join campaign

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that 59 airlines have committed to the 25by2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation. The 25by2025 campaign was launched on 26 September 2019 with participating airlines making a voluntary commitment to: Increase the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25 percent against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25 percent by 2025 Increase the number of women in under-represented jobs (e.g., pilots and operations) by either…

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Global airline industry to produce net profit of $29.3 billion in 2020 – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast that the global airline industry will produce a net profit of $29.3 billion in 2020, improved over a net profit of $25.9 billion expected in 2019 (revised downward from a $28 billion forecast in June). If achieved, 2020 will mark the industry’s 11th consecutive year in the black. Highlights of expected 2020 performance include: The return on invested capital is forecast to be 6.0% (improved from 5.7percent expected in 2019). The net profit margin is forecast at 3.4 percent (up from 3.1 percent…

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We did not ban usage of Uber, Bolt, others at Lagos airport- FAAN

The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN has dismissed an online report making the rounds that the Authority has placed a ban on the usage of Uber, Bolt and others at the Lagos airport. FAAN in a statement signed by the general manager, corporate affairs, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.) said that passengers and the general public are free to use whatever means or mode convenient to transport themselves to the Lagos and other airports in Nigeria. The Authority while dismissing the report on the ban of Uber, Bolt…

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EFCC rearraigns ex-Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji, P.A over alleged N388m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, rearraigned a former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji alongside his Personal Assistant, Mr. Oyebode Atoyebi, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering millions of Naira. The rearraignment of both Ikuforiji and Atoyebi, was sequel to a Supreme Court judgment delivered in 2018, which ordered their retrial after it upheld an Appeal Court decision for their retrial for allegedly laundering the sum of N338m. Justice Ibrahim Buba, who is of the Lagos Division of…

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NCAT to begin training courses on use of drones soon- Rector

The Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalami has disclosed that the school would soon commence training on the use of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, (RPAS) otherwise known as drones. Abdulsalami said the move to introduce the course on the use of drones is in line with the mandate given to the college at the last RPAS symposium in Abuja in 2017. Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, December 11, at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondent, LAAC, Capt.…

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Abisogun Oniru Ruling family rejects nomination of Hakeem Ajasa, former Aregbesola’s ADC as new Oniru

The royal ruling family in Iruland, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Abisogun Oniru Ruling family, has protested and rejected the nomination of Mr. Hakeem Ajasa, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and former Aide-De- Camp to the immediate past governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, as the next Oniru of Iruland. Abisogun Oniru rejected and opposed the selection of Ajasa, as the next Oniru of Iruland on the ground that he is not from any royal family in Iruland. The family also stated that anyone to be the next…

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