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Aviation College Acquires Trainer Airplane

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For better training of pilots, the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, will take delivery of a brand new TBN 850 trainer airplane for N700 million and a multi-engine simulator valued at N98.5 million.

The two equipment are expected to land in the college before the year winds up.

The Aviation Minister, Babatunde Omotoba, said the college is expected to receive N2.5 billion as allocation from the Federal Government.

Omotoba added that the $10 million out of the $46.6 million World Bank grant would be given to NCAT to address its infrastructural challenges and enhance its curriculum.

He stated that NCAT would before the end of the year, acquire a multi-purpose simulator to boost training.

“The contract for the airplane is currently awaiting the approval of the Ministerial Tender’s Board (MTB). Once they’re through, I’ll ratify their decision. The TBN 850 airplane that we’re purchasing is costing about N700 million. It’s in this year’s budget and it has been there for quite sometime. Now we have done our due diligence and pushed it to Due process and they’ve given us a certificate. Right now, we’re putting together a memo we’re taking to the Federal Executive Council.

I was opportuned to meet the manufacturer of the airplane in France for the air show.

It should be delivered this year. The multi-engine simulator is valued at N98.5 million and it will help reduce training duration and cost,” he explained.

Omotoba also revealed that the World Bank is assisting NCAT in repairing its three simulators that have been unserviceable for a long time.

“More so, the runway of NCAT does not have airfield lighting and that is one of the things we’re going to be completing before the end of this year.”

We’re also acquiring a new Very-high Omini-directional radio Range (VOR) as well as Instrument Landing System (ILS). By the time all these are fixed, all the trainings will be done in this place and not taking the students out to other airports like Kano and Kaduna for instrument and night flight”, he stated.

Also speaking during the visit, the Rector/Chief Executive of NCAT, Capt. Adebayo Araba, disclosed that the part of challenges of the school is the encroachment of neighbouring villagers, stressing that the issue requires government intervention.

He added that all efforts by the NCAT management to check the encroachment proved abortive, adding: “We just had to give it up. We reported the matter to the Kaduna State government since they are the people that issue them the Certificate of Occupancy (CofO).

If we say we want to erect a fence, they’ll surely pull it down. We’ve done that a couple of times and that was what we got, so we simply left it like that. Besides, if we say we want to erect something very strong to prevent encroachment, the reaction, I can assure you will be very severe, that much I know”, he said.

He revealed that the college is on the verge commencing helicopter training before the first quarter of next year.

Also speaking during the minister’s visit, the Head of Aviation Management School of NCAT, Engr. A. A. Onipede mooted that the college, in collaboration with some notable institutions, will commence awarding degrees in aviation management.

Rivers State Commissioner for Finance, Hon George Feyii (2nd right) and other members of ICAN, during a courtesy call, recently.

Rivers State Commissioner for Finance, Hon George Feyii (2nd right) and other members of ICAN, during a courtesy call, recently.

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FOI Act Implementation Bothers BPST Boss

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The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Dasuki Arabi, has expressed regrets that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has remained very low since the law was enacted.
The BPSR boss made the observation during a workshop held on Wednesday in Abuja on the appraisal of Freedom of Information Act.
Arabi said the Act was meant to entrench transparency and openness in governance through improved compliance to annual reporting obligations of public institutions.
“It is also expected to guide and improve compliance of public institutions in proactive disclosure of mandatory publication requirements, as well as empower citizens, the right to access information held by the state.
“Regrettably, since the introduction of the FOI Act, it is evident that the level of compliance among public institutions still remains low.
“While the level of engagement by citizens still remains insignificant and in some cases fraught with misunderstanding between the State and Non-State actors,” he added.
Arabi, therefore, said that the workshop was to resolve some of the grey areas around FOI, as well as foster a harmonious relationship between the State and Non-State actors towards the implementation of the Act.
He said good governance and transparency would only thrive in the country when citizens access to Information is assured.
The DG emphasised that the FOIA provided platform for inclusiveness that sought to hold leaders to account and feed into the decision making process.
Arabi said that the Bureau had worked assiduously towards the implementation of the Act and was making efforts to ensure that it was institutionalized across the public sector.
He said that the interventions were in the areas of training public service workers and development of feedback mechanism through which a portal for application and responses for FOI request were deployed.
Others, he said, are score-card for ranking the performances of websites of public institutions using specific benchmarks, including FOI portal.
“Creating platforms for citizens engagement with Civil Societies Organizations on topical issues of government through the BPSR flagship programmes such as the monthly Lunchtime Seminar series,” he added.
Arabi said that the Bureau had also deployed information technology to provide innovative means to improve record keeping and management using intranet and Electronic Data Management Systems.
He continued that they were working in conjunction with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to gauge the perception of citizens on public policies.
In her remarks, the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP), Nigeria, Dr Gloria Ahmed, said making information open was a hallmark of democracy and a basic human right.
She said that the FOIA has given citizens the opportunity to access information as regards government policies and reforms.

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FCTA Harmonises Mobile Adverts, Haulage System Against Double Taxation

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), has launched the FCT/State Mobile Advertisement and Haulage permits for 2023 financial year.
Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, while launching the system sought the cooperation of the business owners in the FCT, in order to achieve the objective of the initiative.
Adesola said the move was part of efforts to facilitate the ease of doing business drive in the nation’s capital.
He commended DOAS for the initiative. aimed at improving institutional cooperation and partnerships with the critical stakeholders.
Adesola warned: “FCTA would no longer tolerate acts of thuggery in the collection of taxes, as there are better ways of doing such, which will ensure the attainment of ease of doing business.”
He commended the leadership of Area Councils for resolving to synergise with DOAS to streamline the system.
The Permanent Secretary said the proliferation of collection authorities for mobile advertisements had led to serious loss of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the FCT.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Danladi Chiya, said although Area Councils have the constitutional right to collect such advertisements, they have no issue with FCTA over the establishment and mandate of DOAS.

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LASG Begins Vehicle Parking Lanes Demacation

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The Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) has revealed it will today commence creating additional Vehicle Parking Lanes in some selected locations across the State.
The Authority stated that all efforts have been geared towards improving the parking system of the State.
Speaking on the planned initiative on Friday in Ikeja, the General Manager of LASPA, Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, stated that the vehicle parking lane mark exercise, which will begin with designated streets within Surulere, Ikoyi, Lekki, Obalende, Ikeja and Victoria Island axis of the State, is a step towards improving street parking from 2023.
Adelabu noted that the Parking Lane Markings will further guide motorists and pedestrians on appropriate parking regulations and spaces, minimise indiscriminate parking, confusion and uncertainty, while conveying a range of information to residents on parking procedures within each specified environment.
According to her, the lane markings will also include special consideration for people living with disabilities and signposts for parking directives, among other features.
The General Manager, however, solicited the understanding of residents within the locations who might be affected by any inconvenience the process might cause, assuring that the government is working rigorously in regulating and improving the parking culture as part of its Traffic Management and Transportation Agenda to ensure parking is convenient, safe and secure across the state.
Recall that the Authority had recently unveiled plans to begin full implementation of parking policy in the second quarter of 2023 and has continued to sensitise the public on the need to embrace the parking culture.

By; Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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