INAC 2018: Bangladesh shine as NCAC launch Diplomacy Day for Peace

Guests at the International Arts and Craft (INAC) Expo were once again treated to a double doze of non-stop music and dance entertainment by Bangladesh on 23rd November as the Expo winds down to a grand finale. The pulsating, rhythmic cultural routines from a very colourful troupe invited standing ovation from all in attendance. Earlier, the director-general, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe speaking on the day dedicated to Bangladesh and Ogun State, said Ogun State had done Nigeria proud with the electrifying performances combined with exquisite…

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Waka About Africa 2018 Conference, Exhibition holds Nov. 28 in Lagos

The publishers of Waka About Africa has concluded arrangements to hold its 2018 Africa Conference on November 28, 2018, at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, in Lagos. The conference with the theme: Deploying ICT to expand financial inclusion: Prospects and challenges is poised to bring together experts from different fields of human endeavour, including professionals and stakeholders in the ICT, finance, tourism & culture sectors under one roof to compare notes and share other experiences. Expected at the conference are the managing directors/chief executive officers of banks, and their…

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NDLEA seizes additional 241 million tablets of tramadol at Apapa Port

The search of the suspected 62 containers continued yesterday November 15, 2018 as eleven new containers already searched were found to contain 241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tons. This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within two days of the search operations at Apapa sea port. On the first day of the search operations, the Agency discovered 340 million tablets of tramadol from 12 containers. The tablets which are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams are above the permissible threshold…

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FAAN refutes terminal access charge claims

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has refuted a trending notion that its security officers demand bribes before allowing airport users access into the terminal. FAAN in a statement signed by the general manager, Corporate Affairs), Yakubu Henrietta (Mrs.) noted that the airport is a public facility and no charge is required from any genuine user to access the facility. While the Authority confirmed that access might be restricted or controlled some times in order to safeguard Civil Aviation against Acts of unlawful interference in our Airports.  FAAN advised that…

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N1.6bn fraud: Dudafa, other urge court to dismiss EFCC’s amended charge

The former Senior Special Assistant to the for President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Emmanuel Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, today, urged a Lagos Federal High Court, to dismiss amended charge filed against him on alleged N1.6 billion fraud. Dudafa alongside Mr. Iwejuo Joseph are being tried before Justice Mohammed Idris court on the alleged offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Upon conclusion of the trial, the prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of his agency’s intention to amend the charge, which was vehemently opposed by the duo…

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Ayade assures of timely completion of 147km Mfom-Obudu road

Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work at the ongoing dualization of the 147km Mfom-Yala-Bekwarra-Obudu ranch road. The Road project which is being handled by Sydney Construction, stretches across the five local government areas in the Northern Senatorial District of the state. It is wholly being financed by the Cross River government. Ayade who was in Yala Local Government Area of the state for the burial of the former Minister of Information and later Environment, Hon John Odey, used the opportunity to…

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SA Tourism appoints Thekiso Rakolojane new head for West Africa region

South African Tourism has appointed Thekiso Rakolojane to lead the organisation’s destination marketing efforts and to expand strategic business partnerships in Ghana and Nigeria. “The West African markets are critical to us being able to achieve the goal of 5 million tourist arrivals by 2021 because the potential to grow the region is significant enough to make a big impact to South Africa’s tourism results,” Sthembiso Dlamini, Chief Operating Officer at South African Tourism said. Growth in tourist arrivals means a better performing economy and increased job creation. In South…

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Nigeria Air: stakeholders carpet Sirika over stakeholders forum

Stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry have condemned the recent  aviation stakeholders meeting held in Abuja, stating that the gathering was a jamboree.  The Minister of State on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had hosted a one-day stakeholders forum to address grey areas surrounding the failure of the Nigeria Air project initiated by the federal government, through his ministry.  But the National secretary of the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP)  Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu said the stakeholders meeting was a jamboree meant to achieve nothing.  Speaking with journalists in his office…

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N754.8m NIMASA Fraud: We Did Not Plea Bargain With EFCC -Ex-Defendants

A new twist has ensued in the trial former director-general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokeme and five others currently facing trial for allegedly stealing the sum of N754.8 million, as the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has decided to withdraw charges against three of the defendants and made them its witnesses in the amended charge. In the original charge filed before the court, Akpolobokeme is being tried before an Ikeja High Court of Lagos, alongside Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba,…

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Sirika assures of completion of Abuja airport in four weeks

The minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday assured that the new international terminal under construction by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company Nigeria Limited as part of the $500 million loan from the Export – Import Bank of China, would be commissioned in the next four weeks.   Sirika who disclosed this in Abuja at the 5th Aviation stakeholders’ forum said works have already reached an advanced stage on the terminal. The minister noted that the Ministry is working seriously with the construction company to ensure other terminals…

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