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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Shocking truth about problems of Idumuje Ugboko against Ned Nwoko

By Osato Akinobare (Independent Investigative Journalist : Benin – Edo State) Walter Omesiete (Political Analyst : Asaba – Delta State) Ibrahim Zuberu (Security Analyst : Kano – Kano State) Shei Olatunji (Human Rights Advocate : Ikeja – Lagos State) Chinedu Odai (glowingly deemed to be illegitimately known as Ned Nwoko) is a man who basks in the confusion of being a controversial political “senior thug”. Countless people have wondered why any (supposedly) enlightened adult can dabble into the recent spate of disgraceful attention he has been drawing to himself. The…

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Buhari on life-support for 20 days, needs prayer – Fayose

.. Says presidency must tell Nigerians the truth always Today, it makes 53 days since our President; Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health. Like every other Nigerians, I do not wish the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year. However, the recorded audio message which was released by the Presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to…

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Is Nigeria a free nation or a conquered vassal state

By Femi Fani-Kayode “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”- Harriet Tubman How can anyone describe Nigeria as a free nation when Sheik Othman Dan Fodio, the hero of the core Muslim north, the father of the Fulani Caliphate and the first Mahdi of Nigeria once said, “Allah has bestowed on me and my people the historic duty to spread the holy faith of the Prophet throughout the Caliphate and convert these pagans. If they refuse to accept…

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Nigeria – Biafra Civil War – A Perspective from a child of the Civil War

By Primus Chuks Igboaka, Cleveland, Ohio. U.S.A. May God grant eternal rest to souls of men, women and children including brothers and sisters – Southern minorities who lost their lives during the war. To their families, let us stay strong and keep hope alive that every May 30, this date will be used as a special Memorial Day to remember and pray for the souls of the dead and for their families. As a 7-year old boy during the war, I considered myself as a child of Nigeria-Biafra civil war.…

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Delta Police command colluding with Ned Nwoko to bring Idumuje Ugboko to its knees

By: Ferdinand Osuofia This is the year 2017. And this is not a military regime in Nigeria. However the entire indigenes of IdumujeUgboko in Delta state are facing the deepest betrayal by any police department to be ever recorded in Nigeria. IdumujeUgboko historically is known to be a very peaceful town with generally very passive indigenes. It is a town of relatively poor citizenry most of home survive through small scale individual farming. The town has no notable flowing rivers and as such does not have an aquatic means of…

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Five exotic places Nigerians can visit in Ghana

Nigerians, just like Nigeria is same to Ghanaians. Both countries and its citizens share some common affinities. If you’re planning to travel from Nigeria to Ghana or you haven’t decided which African country to visit, you should try shooting your best shot at Ghana. There are lots of exciting places to visit in this country such as its castles, and forts used during the slave trade. There is also the less travelled Volta region. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 5 exciting places to visit when in Ghana.…

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Flight allocation by NAHCON: Ojikutu berates NCAA on silence

I commented recently on why it was NAHCON that was seeing to be negotiating the allocation of flights with the Saudi government authority. I felt that was a function of the NCAA and the ministry. Unfortunately, up till this moment, the NCAA has remained passive to commenting on what its role was in all these. This surely is not what is expected of a responsible national civil aviation authority designated to the ICAO. We are at the moment dealing with many infringement of foreign airlines in our domestic routes and…

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