National Carrier as 2019 strategy?

The desperation and rate at which this government is doing everything to save face before election is alarming. This rush we didn’t see after President Buhari spent 6 months before appointing ministers, calls for worry and concern We cannot make progress as a nation, if we continue to rely on politicians and governments who make progressive decisions for the benefits they will get in return. Only recently, and as a result of the wide criticism that greeted the President’s description of the Nigerian youths as lazy, the President hurriedly signed…

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June 12: The Letter MKO Abiola would have Written to Buhari

By Jude Ndukwe Following announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Democracy Day holiday that usually holds every May 29, in commemoration of the Day that effectively marked the end of military rule in Nigeria leading to successful handover to civilian authorities, has been moved to June 12, being the date the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola contested and reportedly won the June 12, 1993 presidential election, and conferment of the nation’s highest honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on him, meanings have been read into it…

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NATOP petition and maligning of Tourism Personalities (1)

By Ikechi Uko My attention have been drawn to a widely Circulating petition signed by 5 members of NATOP alleging irregularities in the affairs of NATOP. I have been called by a top Government official someone I respect to withhold any further escalation of the issue until it is resolved. He has asked for Calmness So I will be restrained in my response. I am forced to respond because the petition was copied to all my Clients in Nigeria and abroad so it looks like a hatchet Job to get…

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#Hate Speech Bill: The law of boomerang respects no one

By Adebayo Raphael Nigeria is speedily sliding into a democratic dictatorship. All indices right now are working against the sustenance of democratic principles in the country. In a democratic dictatorship, public opinion is irrelevant. The democratically elected leader calls the shots at all times, regardless of whether the people are in support or not. Unfortunately, this is the situation in Nigeria, and those who are engineering this barbaric, out-of-fashion style of governance are in control of the aces – they are the anchors of the ship, hence, dictate where the…

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Buhari must order arrest of Ango Abdullahi over comments on Fulani Herdsmen

By Deji Adeyanju We have read Prof Ango Abdullahi’s alarming interview with the Vanguard Newspaper and are appalled that someone of his age, stature, education and professional qualification would provide brazen justification for the wanton and senseless murders of thousands of Nigerians by herdsmen. In his interview, Prof Abdullahi likened the killings of Nigerians by Fulani Herdsmen to a politically motivated ruse by “… the South…” to destroy political unity of the North. He also made several other comments that are too incendiary to repeat here. It is distressing that…

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MMA2 concession: Babalakin decries lies sold to Nigerians by FAAN

The recent intervention by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has raised the hope of an early resolution of the controversial issues surrounding the first successful, privately-funded Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) airport terminal in Nigeria, the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two, popularly called MMA2, operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), a member of the Resort Group. The intervention, led by the Acting Director-General of ICRC, Mr. Chidi Izuwah, brought the managements of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and BASL together under the same roof, where…

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Issues on proscription of IPOB by federal High Court Abuja‎

By Onyekachi Ubani The ruling by the Federal High Court , Abuja on Wednesday shows that some of us were right when we said that the Nigerian Military was wrong to have pronounced IPOB a terrorist organisation without following due process. It also showed that we were right when we told the South-east governors that they have no  right under the law to proscribe IPOB. The proscription of any organisation as stipulated by law is through a judicial process. My opinion is that that judicial process has been complied with;…

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Remembering Abubakar “Technical” Tanko

By Frank Meke Two weeks ago, on a Tuesday to be precise, I had woken up to this urgent feeling to call the Conservator General of National Park Services (NPS), Mallam Ibrahim Goni. Though it is usually a routine for the members of National Park Service family which I belonged to call each other to find out about the welfare of the larger family and one’s immediate household, however the low tone from CG Goni on this tuesday morning was full of anxiety and disturbing. Initially, I tried to brush…

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FAAN shake up: Salamatu Eluma’s victim delusions

By Stephen Oche Salamatu Eluma was until recently the director of human resources at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN. That was until the federal government approved a management reorganisation which moved her, in the same position, along with other affected staff, from FAAN to sister organisation, the Accident and Investigation Bureau, AIB But rather than toe the path of honour and obedience to lawful authority, Salamatu  Eluma has been going about engaging hack writers to write fictional stuff to malign the integrity of the minister of state, Aviation,…

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Travails of airport certification and operators insurance

By John O Ojikutu The process of the Certification of the Nigerian Airports is coming several years after many ICAO and USA FAA Safety and Security Audits of 2006 to 2016 and the classification and reclassification of the NCAA Regulations and oversight functions as Category 1 in 2010, 2016 and lately now 2017. Airport Certification is a requirement and compliant to the NCAR Part 12.6.4. It carries obligations on the operator to continuously maintain standards and competence in operation and ensuring availability of skilled manpower in sufficient number for the…

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