Thursday, 4 August 2016

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines for Thursday August 4, 2016

Planned concession of international airports
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos photo credit:

FG Not Interested in funding MRO Setup – Sirika(BusinesDay)
Minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government is not interested in setting up a maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) as a result of the current economic downturn.
This is coming at a time the non-availability of MRO facility continues to encourage capital flight, especially with the dollar scarcity.
The minister, who was represented by Abubakar Sidi, director of operations, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), at the Aviation Round Table (ART) yesterday, said the government would only provide environment conducive for the project to thrive.

Nigeria's Aviation Doomed Without Maintenance Hangar – Stakeholders(Daily Trust)
Nigeria's aviation industry may remain perpetually stagnant and incapable of contributing significantly to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) unless there is a concerted effort to have Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities, stakeholders have
They blamed the government for failing to come up with a policy on the establishment of the facility where airlines could carry out maintenance checks.
The stakeholders including the Chief Executive Officer of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Capt. Jari Williams, Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt. Noggie Meggison, CEO of Aero Contractors, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, among others, spoke
at the quarterly discussion forum of Aviation Round Table and Safety Initiative held in Lagos on Wednesday.

Government Policies Frustrating Aviation Sector – NANTA(Punch)
The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies has blamed inconsistencies in government policies for the current challenges being experienced in the nation’s aviation sector.
The President, NANTA, Mr. Bankole Bernard, made this observation during a courtesy visit to the Punch Place, headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited in Ogun State on Tuesday.
 He was accompanied by the group’s Executive Secretary, Sylvester Olobor; and Media Coordinator, Frank Meke.
Bernard said, “The inconsistencies of government policies and their inability to engage stakeholders and understand the challenge of the sector have created this problem. They don’t consult anybody.

‘Nigeria Spends N750m Annually On Dubai Tourism’(Leadership)
The director of policy analysis, research and statistics, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Paul Adalikwu, has revealed that Nigeria spends about N750 million annually on Dubai tourism through taxation on tickets adding that 250, 000 Nigerians
travelled to Dubai last year.

Fire guts Emirates Jet after Hard Landing; One Firefighter Dies(Reuters)
An Emirates jetliner arriving from India caught fire after slumping onto the runway in Dubai on Wednesday, killing one firefighter in an intense blaze and bringing the world's busiest international airport to a halt for several hours.
All 300 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the gutted Boeing 777-300 after a crash that one survivor described as terrifying. Fourteen people were admitted to hospital.
The Dubai carrier's first significant accident happened after the crew apparently attempted to abort the landing for a second attempt amid unconfirmed witness reports of landing gear problems.

Aviation Sector Stagnant For 50 Years – ART(Blueprint)
The President, Aviation Round Table (ART), Mr. Gabriel Olowo has said that Nigeria’s aviation industry had remained stunted for more than 50 years.
Speaking at the Quarter 3 Breakfast meeting of the organisation, Olowo blamed the stagnation on the disharmony among airlines and stakeholders.
He said personal interests of stakeholders had far exceeded their drive for national interest.
“We the stakeholders are the cause of our stagnation for the past 50 years because of our discordant tunes based on personal interest and greed, not on national interest. There are too many issues and too many things on the front burner,” he said.

Ethiopian Airline Launches A350-900 Aircraft in Kano(DailyTrust)
The Ethiopian Airline, yesterday, launched its new aircraft, Airbus A350-900 series, at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, disclosing that it will receive 13 more of such aircraft soon.
Speaking, the general manager of the company in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Begashaw, said that the airline ordered for 14 number A350-900 aircraft with a view to providing comfort to its customers.
“This is the first African airbus arriving to Kano,” he said, adding: “This is another honor and milestone for Ethiopian Airline and Nigerians. The Ethiopian Airline was the first airline to bring the B787 Dreamliner to Kano.

Airlines will Survive if They can Re-access, Mitigate Their Financial Risks – Tayo Ojuri(BusinessDay)
Tayo Ojuri, is an industry expert and Chief Executive Officer, Aglo Limited, an aviation support service.
 He is also aviation consultant with special emphasis on airport operations and management and specialized in developing non-aeronautical revenues.
 In an interview with Ifeoma Okeke, Ojuri speaks on aviation as an economic catalyst and making airlines and airports commercially viable.
What are some of the services you render as an aviation consultant?
We render a service that has to do with airports operations and management. My background is in airport operations and management with focus on building non-aeronautical revenues, focus on automating the system to ensure transparency and improve
revenue as well as ensure the airports are safe, secure and commercially viable system.

FAAN Suspends Staff as EFCC Probes Alleged N70m Fraud(Tribune, Sun)

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigation into an alleged act of fraud rocking the accounts and commercial departments of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Daily Sun learnt that some staff of FAAN saddled with the management of funds for the execution of key airport proj­ects had diverted money into their private accounts, thus stalling the projects.
It was learnt yesterday that following complaints and pe­titions to relevant government agencies, the EFCC stormed the airport agency and arrest­ed and detained all the prime suspects.
A senior official of FAAN who confirmed the incident told aviation correspondents that the affected staff had been suspended.
“The accused were said to have diverted the agency’s funds into different accounts of staff and others over certain period of time until they were eventually discovered by the management of FAAN,” said the official.
“When this fraud was dis­covered, the management set up a committee, which investigated the major suspect who promptly named others involved in the fraud and they were swiftly suspended.
“It was after the committee had concluded interrogating the main suspect that she con­fessed that some of the mon­ies were sent to her brother’s accounts, and this confession prompted the management to further invite more sus­pects who were subsequently
suspended,” added the official who preferred to remain anony­mous.


Saudi Disqualifies Three Nigerian Carriers From 2016 Hajj(Punch)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabian aviation authorities disqualified three Nigerian carriers from transporting Nigerian pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj.
Alhaji Mohammadu Goni, Head of Aviation of NAHCON, who made this known at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja, listed the affected airlines as Dornier Aviation Nigeria AEP Ltd; Top Brass and Azman Air Services.
The Federal Government had approved six airline operators to transport intending pilgrims for the exercise.
Goni, however, said that the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia cleared only three airlines out of the six nominated by the Federal Government.

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