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Suspend 25% Contribution To Federation Account, FAAN Begs FG

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has called for the stoppage of its 25 per cent revenue contribution to the Federation Account.

FAAN said this would help it to address some infrastructure gaps.

The General Manager, FAAN, Mr Rabiu Yadudu, made the appeal during an oversight visit of the Senate Committee on Aviation at the Lagos Airport, yesterday.

Yadudu decried accumulated airlines debt to aviation agencies, particularly FAAN, adding that a particular airline owed N13billion for services rendered and unpaid.

Yadudu noted that one way to ensure development in the industry was to allow revenue generated by agencies in the sector to be ploughed back.

The managing director said that the practice was obtainable across the globe and was also part of the international standard and recommended practice.

“The industry still has an infrastructure gap to stabilise; therefore, government’s support in stabilising the industry is needed.

“This can be achieved by suspending the contributions to the Federation Account in compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) Doc 9562.

“This document on airport generation provides that revenue generated by the airport should be transparently re-invested wholly in operating and developing airport facilities,” he said.

Yadudu said revenue generation was low as only two airports – the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) mainly sustained other airports expenditures.

He also highlighted the global economic challenge, both national and international, which had affected airline operators, causing them to reduce fleet, frequencies or withdraw operations, thus affecting the agency’s revenue generation.

Yadudu lamented the rising operating and maintenance cost of the new terminals and existing ones due to inflation and the devaluation of the naira.

However, the managing director said the agency was tweaking its plans to make other airports that were not breaking even to perform.

He also said the airport management had embarked on aggressive debt recovery, while introducing a Pay As You Go system, adding that it had also commenced a cashless policy among other loophole blockage areas.

Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, said the idea was commendable, noting that the issue was constitutional and would require a constitutional review to achieve.

Adeyemi stressed the need for rehabilitation of airports.

“There are quite a lot of airports in the country that we need to start looking at budget inclusion for next year, not this year.

“We will not wait till there is a mishap before we start looking at fixing the runways which are in bad shape, a number of them since they were constructed have not been touched, and at times when you land in some of these airports, you don’t need to be a pilot to know that the plane will not maintain a balance,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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Customs Generates N466.1bn Revenue In First Quarter

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated N466.1 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
The statistics obtained by The Tide source from the office of the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Joseph Attah yesterday, showed that the revenue was generated from January to March.
The data indicated that the NCS realised the highest revenue in March with N169.4 billion followed by January with N157.6 billion while the sum of N138.9 billion was generated in February.
The document showed that customs realised the highest revenue of N216.9 billion within the period under review from import duty.
According to the statistics, the import duty is followed by customs VAT which is N105.2 billion and non-federation accounts levies of about N55.5 billion.
The document showed that N50.8 billion was generated from federation account levies while N34.5 billion was gotten from excise duty as well as N2.8 billion from fees.
Similarly, the statistics revealed that within the period under review, the service made a seizure of different contraband goods valued at N1,996,145,258.
The document indicated that the customs confiscated 37,206 bags of imported rice from January to March.

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Senate Receives Buhari’s Request To Confirm Garba As FCT CJ

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Senate, yesterday at plenary received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm the appointment of Acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, as substantive Chief Judge.
Buhari’s request is contained in a letter read by President of Senate , Ahmad Lawan.
Buhari, in the letter said his request was made pursuant to Section 256 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The letter reads in part: “Request for the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi as the Chief Judge for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
“Pursuant to Section 256(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“I hereby request for the Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, the acting Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as substantive Chief Judge of the Court.
“I trust that the Senate will favorably confirm Hon. Justice Salisu Abdullahi as substantive Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in the usual expeditious manner.”
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, inaugurated Garba as the acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He was called to the bar in 1984, and he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 1985.
Garba was appointed as a magistrate of the FCT High Court in 1989.
In 1997, he became the chief registrar of the FCT High Court, and was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998.

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…To Investigate CCT Chairman For Alleged Assault On Security Guard

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The Senate yesterday mandated its standing Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the alleged assault on a security guard, Clement Sargwak.
The assault was allegedly committed by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, at Banex Plaza, Wuse II, Abuja.
Sagwak, had petitioned  the Senate through his Sen. Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North).
President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan asked the Committee on Ethics and privileges headed by Sen. Ayo Akinyelure to investigate the matter and report back in four weeks.
The Senate investigation was premised on the fact that the petitioner was yet to seek   redress in Court.
Earlier presenting the petition at plenary, Gyang said the petitioner was seeking for justice, given the assault on him by the Tribunal Judge, while carrying out his duty.
Gyang said the petitioner alleged Umar assaulted him, asked him to kneel down and also slapped him.
In another development, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Special Duties to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to supply relief materials to Olamaboro communities in Kogi, which were affected by rainstorm.
The resolution was sequel to a Point of Order raised by Sen. Isah Jibrin (APC-Kogi) during Tuesday’s plenary.
The motion was titled: “Urgent need for rehabilitation of communities affected by rainstorm in Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi”.
Speaking on the motion, Jibrin said over 200 residential buildings were destroyed across the communities in the LGA by rainstorm on April 9.
“Apart from destruction of residential buildings, the devastating rainstorm also ravaged crops, farmlands, schools, worship houses, clinics and businesses in several communities in the LGA,” he said.
Contributing, Sen. Yakubu Oseni (APC-Kogi) urged the Federal Government to provide succor to the affected communities through relief materials.
The Senate thereafter, mandated its Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Programme (SIP), to liaise with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to provide minimal seed capitals for the victims in the affected communities.

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