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Travel agencies advise new committee members on professional ethics



 -By Ebere Chibuzor

National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA has advised newly inaugurated committee members to adopt a professional approach in achieving profitability and sustainability in their business activities.

Vice President, Lagos Zone of the association, Yinka Folami, at the inauguration of committee members in Lagos, said this recently.

He enjoined the inducted members to serve with every sense of professional conduct, adding that such development would enable them to demonstrate a high level of competence.

Folami commended efforts made by the different government agencies and other players in ensuring that people observed all COVID-19 measures as directed by the government.

He commended all travelling publics, aviation stakeholders and the entire Nigerian community for their steadfastness throughout the trying times.

He said, “As we begin to stabilise from the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic, we urge that there should be no loss of concentration and that we should continue to abide strictly by the set protocols.”

He also commended stakeholders and other guests present during the event including the National President,  NANTA Susan Akporiaye; NANTA Lagos zonal officers, Lola Adewole.

He urged them to continue on the path of exemplary leadership.

He unveiled members of the committee responsible for monitoring and advising on approaches, travel policies, and practices to achieve balance in Lagos travel trade market as Chudi Aligwekwe, Omonike Adesokan, Chinwe Eluchie, Funmilayo Oriola, Yinka Eniayekan, Nwankwo Ifeanyi, among others.

While committee responsible for interpreting code of conduct as stipulated in the NANTA constitution and administer standard which NANTA members must comply with is made up of Arit Tunde-Imoyo, Lawal, Folakemi Fatade, Alabi Kazeem Ishola, Adetunji Farinu, Lola Adefope Oluwasanmi Shobayo and Lola Adewole as exco observer.

Those for establishing and maintaining relationships with both active and passive members and stakeholders are Efetobo Awhana, Adekunle Oluwole, Joanna Owolabi, Taiwo Omoifoh, Abimbola Abiona, Elohor Kagho, Eke Stella and Taiwo Oludayo.

Folami recalled as part of NANTA’s Corporate Social Responsibility, a committee was set up for providing relief materials to families within the neighborhood of NANTA headquarters in Lagos.

He said the committee supported the COVID-19 safety protocols by distributing 1,500 face masks to the aviation frontline workers such as Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, International Air Transport Association, IATA, Bi-Courtney and the Nigeria Immigrations Service.

He said, “That was successfully executed in August 2020, and as part of NANTA’s way to maintain a culture of giving back to society.”


Fuel queues return to Abuja over price hike rumour



Fuel queues have resurfaced in the Federal Capital Territory over speculations of an imminent increase in the pump price of petrol.

This is coming about 24 the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had said there would be no increase in the ex-depot price of petrol in May and not until the end of negotiations with organised labour.

But reports say remours about a price hike and scarcity have led to the latest long queues that surfaced on Tuesday at petrol stations in the FCT.

Long queues of motorists waiting to buy fuel were seen at retail outlets in Wuse, Gwarimpa, Wuye and Kubwa expressway on Tuesday while other outlets were not selling the product.

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NNPC says no petrol price increase in May, subsidy continues



The Federal Government will continue to pay fuel subsidy as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said it will not increase the ex-depot price of petrol in May.

Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, disclosed this on Monday on the company’s social media post during a meeting he held with the National Association of Road Transport Owners/Petroleum Tanker Drivers.

Kyari had last month disclosed that the current market price of petrol had risen to N234 per litre, far above the average pump price of N163 per litre across petrol stations in the country.

Tanker drivers had on March 29 issued notice of industrial action, citing poor remuneration and other hardship as reasons for their action.

Kayri said, “We want to inform oil marketing companies that the NNPC will not increase the pump price of PMS in May. I am giving the assurance and I ask Nigerians to go about their normal businesses; we have over 20 billion litres of petrol in our custody.

“Many of you are aware of this and with the assurance with tanker drivers and NUPENG, there is no need for panic buying of the product. Petrol will be available in all the depots in the country including NNPC dispatched depot across the country, so nobody should panic in buying the product.”

Speaking on the on the strike by the PTD, the NNPC boss said the strike was associated with NARTO’s inability to increase their compensation which was not resolved last week.

He said, “We have given commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the issue within a week and come back to the table to have a total closure on the issue.

“We also have a robust engagement with our oil marketing partners in respect of increase in the volume product that is check in the Nigerian market. “We have agreed to work jointly with all the security agencies to contain any possible infractions seen in our borders. We will work as a team to curtail this fraudulent practice with the help of the security agencies.”

He explained that the meeting also discussed issues on payment by Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to oil marketing companies.

He said that all stakeholders agreed in making the PMS available to marketers.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, NARTO President, Alhaji Yusuf Othman, commended the NNPC for the intervention and assured that within the next seven days, things will normalise in the adjustment of allowances of PTD.

He said, “NARTO requested that they bring three persons so that we discuss the issues but that would not have been possible without this intervention. “We hope that within the next seven days things will normalize and I want to assure Nigerians that we are committed to it.”

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UBA posts 26.8% profit, double-digit growth on income lines



The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc says its profit after tax (PAT) increased by 26.8 per cent in the first quarter (Q1) for the period ended March 31, 2021.

The bank’s PAT jumped to N23.2 billion in Q1 2021 from N30.1 billion in the same period in 2020.

According to a statement from the bank, it also recorded a double-digit growth across most of its major income lines in period under review.

The tier-1 bank said between January and March, it recorded N40.6 billion, representing a 24 percent year-on-year growth in profit before tax compared with N32.7 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2020.

It stated, “Interestingly, UBA again sustained its strong profitability recording an annualised 20.5% Return on Average Equity (RoAE) compared to 19.9% in the same period of 2020.

“Driven by a year-on-year growth in interest income, UBA Group recorded another impressive 5.5% percent year-on-year growth in Gross Earnings to close at N155.4 billion for the three month period ending March 2021, compared to N147.2 billion recorded in the first three months of last year 2020.

“The bank’s total assets also rose by 2.5 per cent to N7.9 trillion in the period under review, compared to N7.7 trillion recorded at the end of the 2020 financial year whilst shareholders’ funds grew to N762.4 billion up by 5.3% from N724.1 billion as at FY 2020.”

Group Managing Director of UBA, Kennedy Uzoka, said the result reflects the bank’s capacity to grow earnings in a highly uncertain macroeconomic environment.

He expressed satisfaction with the bank’s performance, adding that its current capital and liquidity ratio have positioned the bank as it continues to support its customers across diverse sectors and markets, guided by prudent risk management practices.

Uzoka said the bank is committed to sustaining its performance through a customer driven approach for the rest of the year.

“This impressive 2021 Q1 results reflect the capacity of our business to sustainably grow earnings even in a highly uncertain macroeconomic environment,” he said.

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