Aviation stakeholders carpet Sirika on failure to inaugurate agencies boards, say development not good for transparency in the sector

Nigerian aviation industry stakeholders have carpeted the minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for deliberately refusing to inaugurate board of aviation agencies six years after the administration came onboard. The stakeholders observed that the failure of the minister to inaugurate the boards of aviation agencies can cast a thick shadow on transparency, accountability and responsibility in the sector. The aviation industry players stated that President Muhammadu Buhari about four years ago, approved the appointment of boards of directors to five out of the six agencies in the sector, but in…

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Azman Air tenders unreserved apologies to NCAA DG over frivolous allegation

The management of Azman Air Services Limited has tendered their unreserved apologies to the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, and the NCAA over allegations it made against the person of the DG. The airline equally extended its apologies to the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for any embarrassment their actions may have caused him and the government. Azman Air in a statement signed by Muhammad Hadi Abdulmunaf, its acountable manager explained that it issued a press statement expressing its surprise and shock…

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Stakeholders tackle FG on Aviation industry palliative, say it’s shrouded in secrecy

Nigerian Aviation industry players and stakeholders have lashed out at the federal government for releasing a paltry sum of N5billion out the approved N27billion for some airlines leaving some others so far with nothing. The minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said the remaining N22bn would be expended on aviation roadmap and national carrier. But some aviation stakeholders have kicked against the plan asking why the minister is trying again to sink money into a failed national carrier project. In his submission on the palliative, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia of…

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House Committee to investigate complaints by airlines on disbursement of Covid 19 fund

The chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji has said the committee will look into the complaints by airline operators and other stakeholders on the handling of COVID19 aviation palliative. Honourable Nnaji in a statement stressed that the avalanche concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the matter were too weighty to be ignored. He disclosed that the House committee on Aviation has resolved to demand from the Ministry of Aviation the detailed disbursement of the intervention fund. The essence is not to witch hunt anybody but to clear…

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Catering services to resume on domestic flights

Catering services, hitherto suspended at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are to resume on domestic flights immediately. Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this at the weekly media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday. According to the Minister, the decision was taken in consideration of the businesses involved in the provision of of in-flight refreshments who have been adversely affected by the suspension. He however said that modalities and protocols for the resumption of the services would be worked and rolled out by the Nigerian…

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West African ministers, iPADIS map out air transport recovery plan

A high-level ministerial meeting of Western African States concluded yesterday with a 15-point post-covid recovery plan for air transport in the region, including strategies for the long-term sustainable development of the industry. The two-day virtual event on enhancing air connectivity and growth in West Africa was organized by the Federal Ministry of Aviation of Nigeria, in cooperation with the International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS). Also, participating were Central African and Caribbean States, international and regional financial and regulatory organizations, as well as industry stakeholders from air…

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Sirika decries huge revenue loss to suspension of international flights at Kano Airport

Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has once again reiterated the desire of the ministry to reopen the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, for international flight operations, insisting that the continued suspension of international flights to and from the airport was denying the Ministry and its agencies a lot of revenue. The Minister said this when he received a high powered delegation from Kano State, led by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in his office on Tuesday. According to Sirika it does not make economic sense for government to spend…

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FG should be responsible for repayment of $500m Chinese loan for construction of new terminals -ANAP

.. Says huge indebtedness to FAAN is preventing agency from discharging its duties The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has has said that the federal government should be responsible for the repayment of the $500 million Chinese loan obtained from the Exim Bank of China for the construction of new terminals in some parts of the country. ANAP also condemned the massive indebtedness to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) by its various clients, saying the humongous debts are preventing the agency from discharging its duties as entrenched…

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FG Partners iPADIS to enhance air transport connectivity, growth in West Africa

Federal Ministry of Aviation In conjunction with International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS) is organising a Two-day High Level Ministerial Meeting on Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa. The virtual /online Ministerial meeting is for member States Policy Makers,Air Transport experts, Aviation Professionals and other Stakeholders in the Sub-region. The high Level Ministerial Meeting is aimed at retooling and repositioning Aviation sector within the region to contend with present and future challenges. The event with the theme: Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in…

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NCAA lifts ban on use of Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in Nigerian Airspace

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the lifting of ban on Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in the Nigerian Airspace, following the two accident involving the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft. This approval is effective 12th February, 2021. Consequent upon the two accidents of Lion Air Flight 610, an Indonesia flight which crashed into the Java Sea 13mins after takeoff, and Ethiopian Airlines flight 320, which crashed six minutes after takeoff, made the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika pronounced the ban on the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft…

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