Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Thursday September 22, 2016



It’s a beautiful Thursday! Just to remind us that Nigeria’s Aviation Minister has a date with Aviation Stakeholders tomorrow September 23, 2016. There are so many issues calling for his attention in the aviation sector, from the airlines to the airports and the workforce....I hope to see a very positive outcome.
Please find the headlines below and follow the links to access the full stories.

Flight Disruption: ‘Arik’s Position on Insurance Laudable’

Arik Air's Boeing 737-800 .Photo credit:

Last week’s decision by the management of Nigeria’s biggest carrier, Arik, not to airlift passengers due to improper documentation of its insurance has been described as normal. In a chat with New Telegraph, an aviation insurance expert, Mr. Sunny Adeda, said it would be risky for the airline or any other to fly its planes without proper insurance cover.
He pointed out that the airline management needed to ensure that the aircraft was properly covered before putting it in the air as part of assurance that the passengers’ families would be compensated in the event of an accident. Adeda said: “What the management did was normal.
Although I don’t know the insurance company in charge, but it was a good thing to get the insurance clearance done. That aircraft costs millions of dollars. Assuming it is not insured, what if it crashes. What about the passengers?


Sirika Parleys Stakeholders on Airports Concession Tomorrow

The minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika is expected to meet with aviation stakeholders across the country tomorrow in Lagos to among other things, find a common ground ahead of the ongoing move to convession the country’s airports for better efficiency.According to the conference coordinator, Mr Michael Chikeka, the conference which will be held in Lagos will help government to address key issues relating to concession, galvanising support of industries such as banks and insurance companies in the process of implementation.
Chikeka said the conference is aimed at identifying conflict areas and address same to ensure smooth transition of concession implementation.
According to Chikeka “The Conference will help industry members with diverse opinion to understand that concession is the way to go if the industry is to meet international standards. This conference will articulate the various submissions on airport privatisation in the past.

Airports Concession, Not to Sell Government’s Assets – Minister
Nigeria's Minister of State for Aviation;Sen Hadi Sirika

Amidst opposition to the plan by the Federal Government to concession for major airports in the country, Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has held a meeting with industry unions in a bid to push forward the proposition.
The unions including the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in aviation, among others have vehemently opposed the move.

They described it as ill-timed and capable of fuelling massive job losses.
However the Minister remains focused in pushing the plan while highlighting the benefits of concessioning the airports.
ATSSSAN President, Comrade Benjamin Okewu, agreed that concession done in other climes had resulted to increased revenue, building of infrastructure.
However he rejected plan by government to concession the four major airports.  “We are open to discussion but our stand on the concession of the four major airports is a capital No,” he added.



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