Six aviation agencies over-bloated , need rejig – Capt Mshelia

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Link Airlines, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, has called for the rejig of the country’s six aviation agencies. Capt. Mshelia who stated this recently in Ibadan, Oyo State capital in his paper; ‘How Domestic Airlines Can Sustain Operations In The Face Of The Global Energy Challenge,’ at the 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Conference said the six aviation agencies in Nigeria are over-bloated with unnecessary staff. West Link Airline boss pointed out that each of the agencies; the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Accident Investigation…

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ICAO honours Sirika as championship of ‘No County Left Behind’ Initiative

Migeria’s Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has been recognised and honoured by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the Champion of the No Country Left Behind initiative which the Organization introduced in 2014. The recognition and award which was bestowed on the Minister at the ongoing ICAO 41st General Assembly in Montreal Canada, comes in the wake of other awards Nigeria has received from the organisation since the inception of the Buhari administration. According to the President of the ICAO Council, Salvatore Siacchitano, the award on Sirika was…

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Aviation stakeholders tasks FG to priotise local refining of Aviation Fuel

Nigerian aviation industry stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to priotise local refining of Jet A1 (aviation fuel) The stakeholders noted that the call has become necessary in order to stem the continuous rise of the price of the product in the country. The stakeholders who gathered on Wednesday at the opening of the 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference organised by the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) organised with the theme government was also asked to provide special funding to the aviation industry in order to…

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WTD 2022: FTAN urges FG to rethink level of investment, funding for tourism in Nigeria

The President Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, Mr Nkereuwem Onung has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to rethink the level of investment and funding for tourism in Nigeria through increased budget allocation. Onung stated that the budget profile should increase capital budget to exceed recurrent one. Speaking at the 2022 World Tourism Day Celebration at Takes Bay in Lagos with the theme: ” Rethinking Tourism” , Onung urged the Federal Government to rethink merging tourism parastatals, but rather to empower them to meet their mandates or…

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FIRS says good use of tax revenues will enhance tax morale, compliance

When governments deploy tax revenues for the common good of the citizens, there is a concomitant increase in tax compliance by citizens who see the direct benefit of the taxes they pay. This was the position held by the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami during his opening remarks at the launch of the Public Finance Database by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the Wells Carlton Hotel, in Abuja, on Tuesday, last week. Mr. Nami argued that the low compliance tax rate in most developing…

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2 South Koreans, others Arraigned for allegedly asaulting, detaining FIRS officials

2 South Koreans, others Arraigned for allegedly asaulting, detaining FIRS officials Two South Koreans, Son Chun Gili and Jung Wookshin, alongside two Nigerians and their company, were on Tuesday, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, for allegedly attacking, assaulting and detaining officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The Nigerians and the company docked alongside the Chinese are; Akeem Idowu, Chikwendu Emeka and Solpia Nigeria Limited. The prosecution had told the court that all the defendants had committed allegations at 46, Iju Road, in Lagos, Nigeria, on August…

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Nigeria Air and Ethiopian Airlines deal: My position

By Dr Gabriel Olowo I once said in my reaction to the speculation that ET comes as a partner of good choice for Air Nigeria and now that it is officially confirmed, my position remain the same. Since the issue of Air Nigeria ” TO BE OR NOT TO BE ” has been laid to rest, given govt insistence to do so ,my endorsement is based on the need for success of any new start-up Airline in NG. Failures still abound in the market and some airlines still remain very…

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FIRS cautions MDAs to stop contracting tax assessment, collection, enforcement to consultants

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has cautioned Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) against the appointment of consultants and concessionaires to collect taxes due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies, as the FIRS is the sole agency of government saddled with the responsibility of tax collection. In a Public Notice it issued Thursday, 22nd September, 2022, signed by its Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, the FIRS accused some MDAs of including functions of assessment, collection, accounting and enforcement of taxes and levies in their agreements with…

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NATOP seeks NCAC partnership to develop tourism economy

The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has said his arms are wide open to support moves aimed at revamping tourism economy for the nation. Otunba Runsewe made this known in his office while playing host to the newly elected executives of the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) who paid him a courtesy visit. The Director General who congratulated the newly elected executive on their victory expressed delight over the visit which according him will cement the already existing relationship between the NCAC and…

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Ethiopian, Geven-SkyTecno inaugurate facility for manufacturing of Insulation Blankets for B-737 MAX airplanes

Ethiopian Airlines and Geven-SkyTecno have inaugurated a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacturing of Insulation Blankets for Boeing 737 MAX airplanes as part of a Boeing agreement (BSCA) between The Boeing Company, Geven-Skytecno and Ethiopian Airlines. The new joint venture company of Ethiopian Airlines and Geven-SkyTecno, named “Ethiopian Sky Technologies”, is based in Addis Ababa with primary manufacturing facility at Bole Airport. Ethiopian Airlines holds 51% and SkyTecno 49percent of the stake of the newly established company. The parties as per their commitment are jointly manufacturing the products in Italy and…

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