Covid-19 could provide impetus to accelerate trade digitization on larger scale – Madhavan

By Vinod Madhavan, The Covid-19 outbreak is set to significantly impact trade growth for the year as countries limit physical movement to curb the virus spread. While the health crisis undoubtedly has vast negative implications for global trade processes, it is one that could be turned into an opportunity as it provides the political and social impetus to accelerate trade digitization on a larger scale. Trade services have traditionally centred around physically intensive processes involving the likes of paperwork, signatures and frequent manual data entries. In fact, it has been…

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Runsewe and the good Samaritans

By Frank Meke We are supposed to get real groves out of the expected and very timely intervention by the federal government to unbundle Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation ( NTDC). Last week, we announced that shopping for the right person (s) for the tourism agency must begin in ernest in view of the Orosanye report which placed a full commercialized status on its activities. Let me report that several calls were received based on the publication, many wondering what are there for NTDC to sell or market, while others provided…

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Coronavirus and labour issues in aviation – A call for dialogue

By Comrade Ben K. Nnabue The break out and wild spread of corona virus has taken a heavy toll on aviation globally. From high exposure of airline and airport personnel, through the near total collapse of international travel, to the closure of some airports, it is very obvious that aviation has taken the hardest hit from this pandemic. The colossal losses arising from this state of affairs has created a very serious labour challenge. As the airlines, especially the international carriers, and the companies dependent on them count their losses,…

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An era of reduction in sales of travel, tourism businesses

By Christopher Ezekwe For clients and practitioners in the travel and tourism trade, given the recent outbreak of Covid-19 also known as Corona Virus, having also, recently confirmed 1 case in Lagos, Nigeria where it was said to be conveyed by an Italian business traveler from Milan, a lot seems obviously out of place. So, please what is your take on the effects and opportunities for travel practitioners in the travel trade amidst these challenges? From my point of view, though, I do foresee prospects for the travel business being…

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Exploring Singapore’s tourism splendour blended with culture, technology

By Tina Nwanya Being the travel addict that I am, naturally, I’m drawn to destinations that offer uncommon experiences that are way off the beaten paths – and that was my fascination when I decided to explore Singapore, an island city, located in South East Asia, and surrounded by Thailand, Bangkok, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Apart from an innate desire to see the world, I am passionate about traveling with people who exude equal passion for holidays that are therapeutic and rejuvenating; and adventures that open doors for…

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National Carrier: Please Ignore AMCON

By Chris Aligbe This piece has become necessary following the recent proposal by the CEO of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to the National Assembly that the Minister of Aviation should merge Arik and Aero and use them to float a National Carrier rather than starting a brand new one, which has been on the works for the last four years. This suggestion made by Ahmed Kuru during his budget defence has, as expected, elicited a flurry of comments and interventions by well-meaning industry analysts and stakeholders; with…

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Air Peace boss US Indictment – When good reputation is a defence

With news of US authorities indicting Nigerian businessman, Allen Onyema hitting the media last week, people reacted spontaneously. Each person was quick to take sides, for or against, but as they say, after the rain comes the sunshine! For Onyema and those rallying round him, it was a case of when it rains, it pours. However, professionals, eminent personalities, sociocultural groups, human rights activists are now the voices left, dissecting the issues, devoid of emotions. And the central theme, irrespective of leaning, is that an allegation is not and cannot…

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Runsewe, Pastor Balogun admonish Christians to uphold tenets of Christianity

Photo Caption: DG, NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe (left) and Pastor Peter Balogun of Citizens Church during the launch of 4 books at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Sunday. Christians have been enjoined to uphold the tenets of Christianity as enshrined in the Holy Bible and other Christian literature in order to build a more prosperous nation. Both men gave the counsel in Abuja on Sunday during the launch of four books written by Pastor Peter Balogun all reflecting several themes aimed at enhancing the spiritual life of Christians.…

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Boycott tourism in South Africa and matters arising

By Frank Meke Like crawling and consuming locusts, South Africans have left no one in doubt that they are willing and have the capacity to consume and eat up anything Nigerian in their country. What their chewing locusts left, the swarming locusts has eaten and what their swarming locusts left unfinished, their crawling and consuming locusts would finish up. From their police force and the people, there is no pretending that Nigerians are endangered species and unwelcomed. They loot, burn, kill and destroy Nigerian businesses and families and unknown to…

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Orji Uzor Kalu and the Perversity of a political mischief maker

By Michael Chijioke Right from his days as governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has always been in the media for the wrong reasons. Sadly for the man, twenty years since assuming office in his ill-fated two-term tenure at the helm of affairs in the State, he has become even more prominent in the media for pettiness, mischief, infantile rumours, half truths and outright falsehood, all peddled with malice, infantilism and his desperate intent to satisfy political actors elsewhere even if that meant he had to denigrate Abia State…

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