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Nigerian airlines owe aviation agencies N37bn – Sirika

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Nigerian airlines owe various federal aviation agencies a total of N37bn, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said.

Sirika stated this while speaking at the weekly ministerial press briefing organised by the presidential communication team at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He said the agencies being owed included the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

According to him, Arik owes about N14 billion, Bi-Courtney owing FAAN about N14 billion, adding that for the past 13 years since it began operations, it had not remitted any amount to the agency them as contrary to the agreement.

Sirika said the government had been cautious in demanding the payment, mindful of how the media and Nigerian public might react but vowed that the government would go after the airlines.

Sirika said, “It is about N37 billion that they are owing, especially Arik, the culprit. I know they’re owing us about N13 billion to N14 billion.

“Bi-Courtney is owing about N14 billion as at the last count. It has not paid a single dime since the time it started to run the terminal building. And we have not ceased giving electricity, water, fire cover, and so on and so forth. It hasn’t paid a dime for 13 years.”

On the national carrier, the minister said Nigeria would begin the operation of a new national air carrier in the first quarter of 2022.

“I’m happy to say, we have discussed with the high and mighty. We discussed with Boeing, Airbus, we have reached some agreements. We discussed with airlines like Qatar, and many others. We will have this timeline in 2022 by the grace of God. And we’ll start with the domestic, you know, escalating into international.”

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UAE lifts ban on transit flights from Nigeria, others

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The United Arab Emirates has announced the exclusion of some countries from which entry has been prohibited, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.
These categories of travellers named are those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.
Others are medical personnel working in the country will be excluded, including doctors, nurses, technicians from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated, and those working in the educational sector in the country who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated categories.
Students studying in the country and humanitarian cases (vaccinated or not vaccinated) who hold valid residency, workers in federal and local government agencies, and cases of completing treatment in the country, whether they are catering or not, will be excluded.
All of these categories will be required to submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals in addition to vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country for the categories from which these certificates are required.
The excluded groups will be obligated to submit a prior (PCR) laboratory test within (48) hours from the date of departure, provided that the tests are from accredited laboratories, bear a QR Code, and conduct a quick laboratory test before boarding the plane.
In addition to applying precautionary and preventive measures to receive arrivals, including quarantine and PCR checks upon and after arrival, in addition to follow-up and health monitoring of arrivals.
Travel will resume for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers were previously suspended, provided that the traveler’s last destination is accepted and a laboratory examination is submitted within 72 hours from the time of departure, and the country’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.

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Enugu governor to meet with aircraft inventor today

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has invited to a meeting today a young inventor, Master Emmanuel Maduabuchi Chukwu, an indigene of the state and student of Government Technical College (GTC), Nsukka, who manufactured a hand-made aircraft.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, said the governor’s decision to meet with the young aircraft inventor was “in pursuit of his administration’s commitment to encouraging scientific and technological innovation in Enugu State”.
He said parents of the student, the principal of the GTC, Nsukka, the Commissioner for Education, and the Chairman of the Science, Technical and Vocational Education Management Board were among other invited guests for the meeting at the Executive Council Chambers.
Aroh also said the governor would today at the Government House, Enugu, by 2pm, swear in all the 68 Development Centre Administrators whose nominations were recently confirmed by the Enugu State House of Assembly.
Those invited for the swearing-in ceremony, according to the statement, are the 68 administrators of the development centres; the speaker and members of Enugu State House of Assembly; members of the State Executive Council; chairmen of the 17 local government areas; and special advisers to the governor.
Others are chairman and members of the state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Chairmen of PDP in the 17 local government areas; state chairman of the Traditional Rulers’ Council and local government chairmen of the Traditional Rulers’ Council.

 

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COVID-19: BA asks travellers to drop luggage day before flying

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British Airways has urged travellers to consider dropping off their luggage a day before flying after chaotic scenes at Heathrow Airport due to staff shortage.
The UK’s flagship carrier has sent the message to its customers that the airport’s Terminal 5 will be ‘busy’ and that they may want to check-in their bags the night before they fly.
On Monday travellers described scenes of ‘total chaos’ as dozens of security staff failed to show for work because they were told to self-isolate by the NHS app.
Travellers reported only two security lanes being open at one point for thousands of travellers.
Images and video were posted on social media showing travellers packed into Terminal 5 with little social distancing as they waited to get through security.
Dozens of flights were delayed and some passengers missed their flights.
The BA has asked travellers to consider dropping off their bags at Terminal 5 between the hours of 4pm and 9pm the night before if they are due to fly before 1pm the next day.
The message being sent by text and email to customers read, ‘The airport will be busy when you fly.
‘To save time and avoid long queues, you can check in your bag the day before you fly from 16:00 – 21:00 at London Heathrow T5.
‘You can also check-in hand baggage free of charge.’

The chaos at Heathrow on Monday morning affected flights between 7am and 1pm, with the airport drafting in extra staff and insisting the problem had been fixed by the afternoon.
However, with further security staff subject to being ‘pinged’ and having to self-isolate, travellers are being urged to arrive at the airport several hours before they are due to take off.

A BA spokesman said: ‘We are pleased to offer our long-standing twilight check-in service for customers to enable them to start their journey as relaxed as possible.’

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