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Monarch Lauds Wike On  PH-Ethiopia Direct Flight Initiatives

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The initiative by the Rivers State Government to partner the Ethiopian Government on direct flight operations to Port Harcourt International Airport has been described as an economic booster.
This was the view of the Nyesrisi Eli Woji, King Leslie N. Eke when he spoke with newsmen at his palace in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area last Wednesday.
The monarch pointed out that the Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight would increase the rate of business activities in the state upon its take-off.
According to him, since flight is the fastest means of transportation, business operators would have the opportunity to record high turn over rate.
The Eze Oha Evo of Evo Kingdom, maintained that business activities in the state would wear an international look with the planned Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight operations.
The monarch who is the Eze Gbakagbaka and General Secretary, Association of Niger Delta Monarchs of Nigeria (ANDMON), also noted that the initiative would bring about job creation, thereby addressing the issue of unemployment.
He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his foresightedness and determination to list the state among developed cities of the world.
“The governor’s plan to introduce direct flight operations from Ethiopia to Port Harcourt, to my mind, is just to enable him list the state among big and developed towns across the globe”, he said.
King Eke explained that the best way to develop a state was to introduce several business angles in order to make room for all classes of business operators.
He, however, appealed to the governor to consider sponsoring some students who may be interested in becoming pilots so as to enable the state have its own trained pilots.
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler called on the Federal Government and its relevant agencies to key into Governor Wike’s initiative and perfect all processes that would encourage its early take -off.

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PH Airport Goes Tough On Illegal Trading

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The management of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, has embarked on demolition of illegal structures and dismantling of unapproved places used for trading within the airport.
The Tide observes that an attached structure to the accredited car hire’s office, as well as other adjourning structures and attachments used for trading within the airport, have been demolished.
Our correspondent also reports that all food vendors that used to sell within the airport have been dislodged, just as hawking activities have been restricted.
Aviation security men are now on the prowl for offenders.
Efforts made to speak with the airport’s Regional Manager was not successful, as he was said to be very busy on inspection work within the airport, but sources within the office hinted that the move was aimed at sanitizing the airport in preparation for certification exercise expected this December.
Meanwhile, the airport management has also embarked on marking out access roads to the airport, as places have been marked out for dropping of passengers from vehicles, with clearly marked out median of the road.
It would be recalled that the Regional Manager, South-South of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Felix Akinbinu, had said recently, that the Port Harcourt Airport would be certificated in December, this year.

By Corlins Walter

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FAAN Partners ICAO On Digital Training Of Personnel

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In fulfilment of its desire for capacity development, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has partnered the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for a robust digital training of its fire officers and other personnel.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, who disclosed this in a statement made available to aviation correspondents through the Corporate Affairs Office on Wednesday, said the agency under his watch was focusing on accountability and responsibility of staff.
According to him, the new FAAN management is aware of the various challenges confronting staff and personnel, as well as each airport, and is working on them in order of priority amidst paucity of funds.
He said further that FAAN management would embark on massive renovation and upgrade of staff quarters across the nation’s airports.
The upgrade, according to him, would be done in stages.
Yadudu also charged staff to be professional in the discharge of their duties, and not to compromise their work and career.
“Take your job seriously. People see you through what you do, and you can make a name for yourself through your job. Use FAAN to launch your career”, he advised.
The FAAN boss, however, appealed to staff to always communicate their complaints, concerns and challenges to management through their heads of departments and airport managers rather than doing things that would threaten the steady growth of the aviation industry.

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FG Restates Commitment To Airports’ Safety

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The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration towards improving safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and provision of world-class infrastructure.
Sirika gave the assurance during an aviation stakeholders’ meeting in Afaka, Kaduna State, on Tuesday.
He said that capacity building through training and retraining of aviation staff in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements and provision of world class infrastructure are the tools with which the Buhari administration hopes to achieve maximum security and safety at the airports.
He urged aviation personnel to see their positions as a privilege to serve their country at various levels in aviation industry.
“You must realise that it is a privilege to you to serve your country in the aviation industry which is one place where adherence and commitment to rules and standards are applied strictly to the letter,” he said.
While reassuring stakeholders of government continued investment in its human resources development, the minister urged them to be more committed, dedicated, and approach duties assigned them with high sense of responsibility.
The meeting was well attended by major bigwigs in the aviation industry drawn from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet), among others.

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