Court finds Nollywood actress Funke Akindele, husband guilty of violating restriction orders in Lagos, fines them N100, 000 each

A chief magistrate court 1 sitting in Ogba has found Funke Akindele and her husband guilty of violating Covid 19 restriction orders in Lagos. Funke Akindele Bello and her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello who were arraigned today, 6th April, 2020 at about 1100hours in chief magistrate court 1 Ogba on one count charge pleaded guilty to the charge when was it read to them by the Court. They were brought to court by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba led by the deputy commissioner of Police in charge…

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Olam Nigeria supports Covid-19 food, medical relief efforts

Olam Nigeria, a leading player in the Nigerian agricultural value chain, and its group companies, Crown Flour Mills, OK Foods and Caraway, as one of its objectives of ensuring food security in Nigeria, have joined the efforts by leading private sector organizations to support state and federal government initiatives geared towards alleviating the pain and disruption to the daily lives of citizens by the COVID 19 pandemic. The beneficiary states include Lagos, Kaduna, Rivers, Ogun, Kano, Delta, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Cross River States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Country…

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Covid 19: Ethiopian Airlines evacuates 385 Americans, 200 Canadians from Lagos, Abuja

Ethiopian Airlines evacuates today April 6th evacuated 385 Americans from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The airlines also evacuated 200 Canadians from Lagos and Abuja to Addis Ababa enroute Toronto Canada with a B767 Aircraft. The 385 American were evacuated to Washington DC with a B777-300 aircraft. Foreign countries have been evacuating its nationals from Nigeria in the heat of the Covid 19 pandemic and following the stoppage of international flights by the federal government to Nigeria and many other countries to stem the spread of the virus. Just…

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Stanbic IBTC partners FATE Foundation to set up more COVID-19 treatment wards

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has partnered FATE Foundation in a bid to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Stanbic IBTC recently donated the sum of N25 million to the FATE Foundation Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Support Fund. The Fund, an initiative of FATE Foundation, was established to support the government’s efforts at properly equipping public health facilities in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Part of the Fund will be channeled towards setting up a special COVID-19 Ward at the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi by the Lagos State government. The Lagos State government plans to…

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Fight against Covid 19: Air Peace delivers FG’s medical supplies

The federal government on Saturday night took delivery of its first batch of medical supplies in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic and for the treatment of those who are infected.   Air Peace aircraft, Boeing 777 with registration number, 5N-BWI landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday night.  Inside source disclosed that the flight left Nigeria early Saturday for the seven hours flight to Turkey and was able to lift the supplies and returned to Nigeria before midnight.  The source also…

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Passenger demand plunges on Covid-19 travel restrictions, As African airlines’ traffic slip 1.1 %

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic data for February 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell 14.1percent compared to February 2019. This was the steepest decline in traffic since 9.11 and reflected collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the spreading COVID-19 virus and government-imposed travel restrictions. February capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) fell 8.7percent as airlines scrambled to trim capacity in line with plunging traffic, and…

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Nigeria’s airlines suffer $0.76b revenue loss, risks 91,380 jobs, as IATA calls for urgent govt. support

The International Air Transport Association, IATA has strengthened its call for urgent action from governments in Africa and the Middle East to provide financial relief to airlines as the latest IATA scenario for potential revenue loss by carriers in Africa and the Middle East reached US$23 billion (US$19 billion in the Middle East and US$4 billion in Africa).   This translates into a drop of industry revenues of 32percent for Africa and 39 percent for the Middle East for 2020 as compared to 2019. Some of the impacts at national…

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Don’t abandon staff this Covid 19 period, Nnaji appeals to Max Air, others

The House Committee Chairman on Aviation, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji has appealed to airlines and private organisations within the aviation sector not to abandon their staff in this period of uncertainties occasioned by COVID19 pandemic. Hon. Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State said he was disturbed by the memo issued to its staff by Max Air to the effect that it would not pay them salaries for the period of the two weeks lockdown directive by the federal government. He noted that “the memo which has now…

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Air cargo demand slumps in February as COVID-19 takes hold

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released February 2020 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs*), decreased by 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Adjusting the comparison for the impact of the Lunar New Year, which fell in February in 2019, and the leap year in 2020, which meant an additional day of activity, seasonally-adjusted demand was down 9.1percent month-on-month in February.  By February, the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on air cargo demand were becoming visible.…

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Covid-19 : Flight Safety Foundation advises aviation industry players not to relegate safety

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), an independent, non-profit, international organisation has called on aviation industry players around the world not to relegate safety in the system despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 virus pandemic. The foundation regretted that the coronavirus pandemic was having an overwhelming effect on aviation and represented the biggest strategic shock to the global aviation system since international air travel began, but noted safety should still be taken with the seriousness it deserves. The foundation in a document made available to all aviation operators around the world, said…

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