Our new  terminals are cost effective, will open employment opportunities for Nigerians

Our new  terminals are cost effective, will open employment opportunities for Nigerians By Simon Nkeonyasuwa With ASKY starting operations from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Lufthansa set to commence from Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in no distant time, two of the four terminals  funded through  $500 million by the Chinese EximBank loan with counterpart funding of $100million from the Federal Republic of Nigeria are being put to use. When the Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3 in Accra, Ghana  was commissioned in September, a lot of Nigerians went…

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How Runsewe parachute culture into limelight

By Frank Meke Sometime in late 2017, few weeks after his glorious appointment by President Buhari as Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe had breezed into a hospital in Abuja to see a friend of mine and industry big wig who suddenly took ill and was near breathless. It was past 12 mid night and he had rushed to the hospital at my invitation and a call to save a soul. Though Otunba is not a medical doctor, he does have this profound ability…

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Alleged N1.4bn fraud: Non service of charge stall NBA president’s arraignment

The purported arraignment of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Paul Usoro, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, over alleged N1.4 billion fraud was stalled due to non service of the charge on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had dragged the NBA president before Justice Sule Hasaan led-court on 10 counts charge that borders on conspiracy, unlawful conversion and  criminal breach of trust. At the resumed hearing of matter today, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court all…

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Redundancy: Bi-Courtney begins payment to affected workers, as picketing consumes Jari Williams

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos has commenced payment to the 30 affected workers who were disengaged following their decision to join the industry unions. This development is coming barely three months after the terminal was picketed by the aviation workers unions. Similarly, the picketing of the terminal for almost a week by the unions may have consumed Capt. Jari Williams, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as it was gathered that he and some top management staff had been removed by the the…

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NAFEST 2018: Every state a winner

The 31st edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture has come and gone but the positive national vibrations generated still lingers. Though about four states, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Delta came tops as overall winners, almost all the participating states had one award or another listed for them. It is strategic and the NCAC idea is to foster a sense of belonging, acceptability and encouragement to be the best in developing and sustaining the huge Nigerian cultural value chain, particularly those endemic to each region or people. This report…

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Akure airport records growth in passengers’ traffic

The Akure airport manager, Mrs Cecilia Oguama, said passengers’ traffic has tremendously improved with the commencement of flight by Air Peace following a partnership arrangement between the airline and the Ondo State government.  Mrs Oguama explained that before now, the airport recorded low traffic of about 20 passengers but was excited that passengers’ traffic has increased.  She said “it has increased tremendously, there was a time we were having ten, twenty but right now we are having passengers in thousands, and four thousand, five thousand per month” On the new…

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The PEARL of Nigeria Award is here

Awards initiatives around the world have become of deep interest, basically because of what they represent. Awards given in recognition of sterling performance are known to make clear statements about specific achievements of outstanding people or organisations that stand out based on pre-determined parameters. Our world may have become more innovative and glamorous, but the desire to continually recognise achievement and appreciate such honours underscore an integral part of being human. Going back in time, Awards or Trophies for victories or achievements in ancient times often took the form of magnificent…

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Lagos Day: Lagos shines at 14th Akwaaba with spectacular outing

Lagos state on Tuesday, September 11, put up a spectacular outing on its Day at the 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market at the Eko Hotel and Suites. Lagos excited the visitors and guests with its unique hospitality, rich cultural heritage and entertainment. The state exhibition stand at the expo was a beehive of activities throughout the 3 days of the event with visitors and guests from across Africa and beyound coming to make one inquiry or the other. In recent years, the Lagos state government has demonstrated its commitment to…

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Saraki: Will Affliction Rise a Second Time?

By Jude Ndukwe How fast things change? How quickly destinies turn around? In the first week of July 2018, the police had invited the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, for questioning over the infamous Offa Robbery. Tongues wagged, creating another round of tension in the land. Many could not understand what was happening. But then, this is Nigeria; this is the country where the lust for power makes otherwise reasonable people do unreasonable things. Many thought it was a witch hunt. How could Saraki be involved in armed robbery, remotely…

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Scientific protocols for tourism master plans in Nigeria (1)

By Andy Ehanire There are mounting litany of woes surrounding the issue of Tourism Master Plans in the Nigerian Tourism environment, as a result of the inability to create the much needed paradigm for the community of tourism professionals, including public and private sector practitioners alike. It is a fundamental principle of development that relevant professional knowledge must become universally evident to a committed body of intellectuals or practitioners, as to generate the needed momentum for its advancement, hence, as the saying goes, there is a paradigm shift. However, this…

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