Lufthansa Airlines has resumed operations at the Port Harcourt International Airport in full force with an increased frequencies.
The German Airline which commenced its operations last Monday in a bigger and better form will be flying in and out of the Garden City four times weekly.
Speaking at a cock-tail party organised by the airline to sign its return operations to Port Harcourt, the General Manager South-East Nigeria, Mr Chuks Okobi assured that the airlines will not bring an aircraft that people will be afraid to fly in, adding that the airline is coming with the state of the arts Airbus 340-300 with three compartments.
Mr Okobi said the three compartments include firsts class, business class and economic class, explaining that the first class, explaining that the first class compartment has state of the arts, facilities, while economy has 165 seats.
According to him, “the good news for Nigeria is that all the passengers are entitled to two pieces of luggage no matter the class they are flying.”
He explained that passengers on economic class are entitled to two pieces of luggage with 23 kg each, stating that, it means each passenger is entitled to 46 kg luggage, while business and first class are also entitled to 33 kg each of a total of 64 kg free luggage allowances.
Mr Okobi however expressed appreciation to the airlines loyal passengers for their support even when the going was tough and turbulent and commended the Airport manager, Mr Uche Nwanguma for his support.
The General Ganager said passengers on board of Lufthansa Airline would be experiencing good and exceptional comforts while on air, adding that 1st class provides excellent services, getting comfort with adjustable seats.
He explained further that passengers have opportunity of listening to radio and watching movies on demand, with 30 local channels and other programmes with eight languages.
Lufthansa guarantees your trip and flight free boring. The airline has given extra movies to get the best catering service in the world, with cabin services, whereby passenger takes his meal at his own time.
Mr Okobi however explained tht the 3 programmes of Lufthansa Airline on board includes, state of the arts, free luggage allowance to passengers.
Currency In Circulation Rose By N129bn In Oct – CBN
The currency in circulation in the country rose by N129bn to N2.97tn in October from N2.84tn in September, according to the figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The currency in circulation had fallen to N2.78tn in August from N2.81tn in July.
It stood at N2.74tn in June, N2.79tn in May, N2.79tn in April, N2.8tn in March, N2.78tn in February and N2.83tn in January.
The CBN said, “The currency in circulation increased by N465.47bn or 19.06 per cent to N2.91tn in 2020, compared with N2.44tn in 2019.
“In 2020, there were higher withdrawals by DMBs than deposits, due to the panic need to hold cash to deal with the emergencies and reduced banking hours due to restrictions to curb spread of the pandemic”.
The apex bank said to maintain public confidence and ensure integrity of circulated notes in the economy, it developed and unveiled a clean note policy and banknote fitness guidelines in 2018.
The guidelines outlined details of quarterly and yearly activities towards the achievement of this objective.
According to the CBN, the clean note policy encapsulates diverse currency management activities to preserve the integrity and maintain the quality of banknotes in circulation.
The policy provides that every newly printed and existing banknotes should conform to predefined standards before circulation and re-circulation in the economy.
Currency in circulation is defined as currency outside the vaults of the central bank – that is, all legal tender currency in the hands of the general public and in the vaults of the deposit money banks.
The CBN said it employed the “accounting/statistical/withdrawals and deposits approach” to compute the currency in circulation in the country.
It said this approach involved tracking the movements in currency in circulation on a transaction-by-transaction basis.
According to the CBN, for every withdrawal made by a DMB at one of CBN’s branches, an increase in CIC is recorded; and for every deposit made by a DMB at one of CBN’s branches, a decrease in CIC is recorded.
The transactions are all recorded in the CBN’s CIC account, and the balance on the account at any point in time represented the country’s currency in circulation.
CBN’s eNaira Records 600,000 Downloads Within One Month
Barely four weeks after its launch in October, the eNaira app of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has witnessed about 600,000 downloads.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this in a statement at the weekend, said, “In less than four weeks since its launch, almost 600,000 downloads of the e-Naira application have taken place.
“Efforts are ongoing to encourage faster adoption of the e-Naira by Nigerians who do not have smart phones.
“The support of the financial industry will be critical in the ongoing deployment of the e-Naira and efforts are ongoing to encourage continued partnership between the CBN and stakeholders in the financial industry”.
The CBN governor also said that building a robust payment system that would provide cheap, efficient, and faster means of conducting payments for most Nigerians have always been the focus of the apex bank.
According to him, the growing pace of digitization globally makes it essential that they leverage on digital channels in fulfilling this objective.
Emefiele disclosed that total transaction volumes using digital channels were more than doubled between 2018 and 2020, as volumes rose from 1.3 billion to over 3.3 billion financial transactions in 2020.
He added that digital payment channels also helped to support continued conduct of business activities during the lockdown.
The CBN boss noted that the robust payment system has continued to evolve towards meeting the needs of households and businesses in Nigeria. This, according to him, reflects the confidence people have in the payment system.
He said that between 2015 and September 2021, about US$900 million has been invested in firms being run by Nigerian founders.
“Notwithstanding these gains, close to 36 per cent of adult Nigerians do not have access to financial services.
“Improving access to finance for individuals and businesses through digital channels can help to improve financial inclusion, lower the cost of transactions, and increase the flow of credit to households and businesses,’’ Emefiele added.
Cocoa Tops List Of Exportable Agric Products
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says its export promotion activities are beginning to make a positive impact, considering the rise in export revenue in the first six months of the year.
The council described the export figure in the period as the highest ever, saying cocoa topped the list of exportable agricultural products.
An assistant director, Product Development, NEPC, Afolabi Bello, said this at a training programme for farmers held last Friday at Ila, Osun State.
The programme was meant to train farmers on how to adopt best practices in cocoa bean processing and packaging for export.
Bello said the country could further improve on the revenue from non-oil exports by improving the quality of the exportable products from the country, thereby reducing rejection at the international market.
“Based on the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics, cocoa was even the number-one exportable agricultural product. We are seeing the impact of export promotional activities but we can do better because there are still some gaps and challenges”, he said.
Fakeye, who was represented by Dr Ifeoluwa Arowosoge, explained that the programme was a follow-up to the one held three months ago, adding that the training would centre on the best way to process cocoa for export.
He said the participants would receive spraying machine and chemicals.
About 70 cocoa farmers, drawn from the 31 wards in the constituency, participated in the workshop.
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