Overland Airways to resume scheduled flight services from July 15

Overland Airways has announced the resumption of its flight services with effect from July 15, 2020, following the lifting of the federal government’s suspension of flight operations in the country imposed as part of efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.   According to the chief operating officer of the airline, Mrs. Aanu Benson: “Overland Airways assures our esteemed customers of pleasures of flying as we are implementing safety and health protocols advised by health and regulatory authorities. These protocols include but are not limited to taking…

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Airport reopening: NAMA upgrades Search & Rescue

Photo Caption: NAMA Director of Operations, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok (right) inspecting some of the Search and Rescue equipment in Lagos  Ahead of the planned resumption of flights in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has procured sophisticated search and rescue equipment to boost its aeronautical search and rescue capability across the Nigerian airspace. The equipment which are being distributed among the nation’s Rescue Coordination Centers (Lagos and Kano) and Rescue Subcenters (Abuja, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Enugu, Ilorin and Sokoto) include plotting facilities, communication facilities, medical supplies and International…

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ART commends FG on planned concession of four airports

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) has commended the recent decision of the federal government to concession some of the airports. In a statement by Mr Olu Ohunayo on behalf of the Association, the ART said it do not need to remind industry stakeholders of the challenges facing the nation’s airports in management and funding which could be best ameliorated by a well packaged concession programme. “Desirable as the steps are, the Aviation Round Table is cautiously optimistic that the process will be transparently done, due process and the…

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Arik Air resumes domestic flights July 8

Arik Air has announced the resumption of domestic flights from Wednesday, July 8, 2020 following the federal government’s decision to re-open Lagos and Abuja airports for flight operations. The airline will be operating three daily flights from Lagos to Abuja in the first phase of the restart while Port Harcourt will be added to the schedule from Saturday, July 11, 2020 when the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa is reopened for operations. Passengers have been assured of their safety and well-being at every stage of their flight as the airline…

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Crisis brews at NIS over non payment of servicemen promotion arrears

Crisis seems to be brewing at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) over the failure of the current management to pay servicemen promotion arrears dated back to 2017. Source close to the service stated that all efforts by the servicemen to ensure the payment of their promotion arrears since 2017 proved abortive. It was gathered that the promotions were done across board by the present leadership in NIS, led by Mr. Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service. But, Mr. Sunday James, the Service Public Relations Officer (PRO) debunked the…

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Court sentences man to one year imprisonment for attempt to smuggle Indian hemp to UK

A 39 year-old man, Soetan Adebola Ahmed, has been convicted and sentenced to a year in Imprisonment, for attempting to export Indian hemps also known as marijuana, to London, United Kingdom. Soetan, was given the jail term by a Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, after he pleaded guilty to a count charge of dealing in the banned weeds, levelled against him by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday. Presenting the charge against the convict before the court on Friday, NDLEA prosecutor, Mrs.…

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CBN approves Stanbic IBTC’s executive management ppromotion

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the executive management promotions recently announced by the Boards of Directors of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC. Top on the list of these approved promotions is that of Dr. Demola Sogunle, who moves up to the position of Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC. Before this promotion, Dr. Sogunle was the Chief Executive of the Bank and previously served as Deputy Chief Executive. He will also continue to serve as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the…

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Ikorodu boat mishap: NIWA to shut down boat owner operations

.. Blames incident on violation of regulation regime The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has said that the ill fated Lalek Marine boat which capsized Friday night with 14 passengers rescued, failed to adhere to 6pm sailing regime guiding water transportation services in Lagos. NIWA in a statement signed by engineer Sarat Lara Braimah, Lagos area manager, explained in a preliminary report on the sad and avoidable incident that the boat operator apart from violating the extant time of operation regime which is at 6pm and not 8pm, also overloaded…

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President Buhari appoints Rev. Yakubu Pam as executive secretary of NCPC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Rev Yakubu Pam as the executive secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC). Until his appointment, Rev Pam was the Chairman of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Board. Born on 20th February, 1960 in Gyel, Jos South LGA of Plateau State, Rev Pam holds a first degree in Christian Education. As an ordained Minister, Rev Pam brings to the position more than 30 years of leadership experience in the Christian community, coupled with a deep understanding of promoting inter-religious harmony and conflict…

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FAAN releases new guidelines for post Covid 19 air travels

Following the approval that flight operations recommence gradually at the nation’s airports effective July 8, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has released new procedural guidelines for air travelers and other airport users. The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of theCovid-19 virus. A statement by the general manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said: In the “New Normal”, departing passengers must comply with the following guidelines; All passengers must arrive the airport properly kitted with their face masks…

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