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Minister Charges FAAN On Cleanliness

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The Minister of Aviation,

Mrs Ada Oduah-Ogiemwonyi has urged the management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to clean up the rot at airports, upgrade facilities, embrace and adopt new technologies as well as put customer satisfaction at the centre of its activities.

Mrs Oduah – Ogiemwonyi gave the charge after her maiden briefing by the management of FAAN following an assessment tour of the authority’s facilities in Lagos.

Stressing that it was no longer business as usual, the minister noted: “We must ensure that for whatever we have for now, we must make it look better than it is now and we must consider customer service, customer comfort and customer security in all we do.”

It has to be customer, customers, customer, customer all the way if you want to be in business, she continued and urged the management to alter its thinking towards investment through the production of a strategic roadmap.

The aviation minister charged the FAAN management to rise to the challenges of the 21st Century so as to remain competitive or risk going out of business, adding that the dynamics of present-day air transportation  had change remarkably, hence the agency must change its work ethic to remain competitive.

“FAAN must change its attitude to work, you must know that the dynamics of air trnasporation have changed and you must, therefore, change with the times, she stressed.

At the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), she was told of the huge debt being owed by some airlines. NAMA’s Acting Managing Director, Mazi Nnamdi Udoh told the minister that Arik Air is owning the agency over N2 billion. Expressing shock over the debt, she directed that a committee be set up to negotiate immediate terms of payment with the airline within 30 days or be stopped from operating, saying that the airline must be alive to its contractual obligations to the agency for it to be able to provide a safe airspace for Nigeria.

Mrs Ogiemwonyi, however, implored the agency to explain commitments in terms of acquisition of equipment, overhead cost and staff welfare and enjoined NAMA not to rely on the government but to look inward to boost its internally generated revenue (IGR).

The minister said immediate steps should be taken for the implementation of a single Total Rader Coverage of Nigeria instead of the different radars covering different parts of the country, noting “we need to have a total national radar coverage as a nation, that is just one radar to cover the country and I know it can be done as it has to be done now!!

On the numerous landed property of NAMA littered across the country, she directed that modalities be immediately put in place to dispose them as they no longer have any direct bearing on the operations of the agency and directed the management to seek approval from the relevant quarters to commence the disposal process.

Shedie Okpara

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COVID-19: Arik Airline Sacks 300 Staff

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At least 300 staff of Arik Air have been relieved of their appointments by the airline’s management.

This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday.
It blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”.
The company explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions.
The statement read in part, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.
“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”
The airline added that over 50 per cent of its workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months.
In a separate statement also forwarded to our correspondent by its Public Relations and Communications Manager, Banji Ola, the airline apologised to passengers whose travel plans were disrupted by the protest carried out by the National Union of Air Transport Employees on December 3, 2020.
The picketing disrupted operations in Lagos and prevented the airline from processing passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 and 2.

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S’East Leaders Laud FG Over EndSARS

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South-East leaders on Saturday, lauded the Federal Government on the matured and responsive manner it handled all issues relating to the EndSARS protest and agitation.
The leaders of the zone, which included Governors, Senators, House of Representatives members as well as traditional, religious and youth leaders, gave the commendation in a communiqué issued after their meeting with a Presidential delegation in Enugu.
The presidential delegation was led by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who is the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We thank President Buhari for the speed and restraint with which he handled the EndSARS protest, which has engendered peace throughout the country, especially the South-East.
“We, therefore, request the President to look into demands of various groups and youths with a view to resolving them,’’ the statement, which was read by the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor Dave Umehi, said.
It also called for joint operation by security agencies and local vigilant groups into all forests in the zone to flush out criminals and killer herdsmen with AK47 rifles.
“But we pledge our commitment to continuous coexistence with peaceful herdsmen who have been living peacefully with us.
“We stand for an indivisible and united Nigeria, built on love, fairness, equity and justice. We believe that under this platform – NIGERIA; we are bigger and stronger,’’ it said.
It also called on the Federal Government to continue its support and diplomatic push for the former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to be elected as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The statement thanked the Federal Government for the timely interventions in Akanu Ibiam International Airport rehabilitation as well as intervention in road infrastructures in the zone.
“We are grateful for the attention given to the second Niger Bridge and completion and inauguration of the Zik’s mausoleum.
“However, we urge the Federal Government to give attention to the completion of the current road projects within the zone,’’ it said.
The statement said that the states in the zone will provide money for the compensation for those affected by the EndSARS protest, help to rebuild police stations and their logistics; while engaging the youths constantly to forestall any violent development in the zone.
“We have plans to set up various empowerment programmes to gainfully engage the youths. The governors also plan to mainstream the youths in their governance to give them a sense of belonging.

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Minister Hails Meeting With S’East Leaders

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as “extremely fruitful” the meeting which a presidential team had with leaders and stakeholders of the South-East.
“The meeting of the presidential delegation with South-East leaders was very useful,’’ Mohammed told journalists on Sunday in Enugu.
The delegation, led by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, met for more than eight hours in Enugu with selected South-East leaders.
Mohammed said that it was quite instructive that all the groups which took part in the meeting believed in the unity and oneness of the country, pointing out that they clearly spelt out this in their presentations.
“We listened clearly and carefully to all the positions and demands and we are going back to report directly to President Buhari,’’ the minister said.
He noted that the Federal Government had been spreading development and infrastructure to all parts of the country, simultaneously and equitably.
“We want the South-East people to be confident that the Federal Government is spreading development and infrastructure to all parts of the country equitably and will never marginalise any zone in the ongoing development and infrastructure agenda.
“This is what I want to assure Nigerians living in the South-East,’’ Mohammed noted.
According to the minister, when the team gets back to Abuja it will see what can be done immediately concerning some of the positions and demands made by the South-East leaders.
The presidential delegation met with South-East governors, statesmen, elders, religious and traditional leaders, as well as market women and youth leaders.

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