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FEC okays N1.1bn for Maiduguri airport expansion, 22 airports’ insurance

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The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N1.1bn for the expansion of the apron of Maiduguri airport and insurance cover for 22 airports across the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday at the end of the council’s meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “The first memo was a contract for the expansion of the apron of Maiduguri airport. This contract is worth N719,117,868.60.

“The expansion of the Maiduguri airport has become necessary because of the increased traffic at the airport that apron needs to be expanded to avoid aircraft being parked wing to wing and that might result in accidents.

“The second contract was for insurance and it was awarded to ensure assets such as terminal buildings in 22 airports belonging to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria in the sum of N390,055,687.45 and both memos were approved by council.”

He also spoke about his briefing to the Council on the outcome of a meeting with stakeholders in his home state, Kwara, in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protest in the state.

“We had about 39 other stakeholders ranging from CAN, JNI, the Youth Organisations, ASUU, NMA, NBA, and the whole idea was to reach out to as many stakeholders as possible – market men and market women,’’ he added.

Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, and that of Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, said they also briefed the council on the outcome of their meetings with stakeholders in their respective home states in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests in Zamfara and Abia.

Ogah dismissed the allegation of extortion against the police in the South-East.

He said the presence of security officials in the zone had continued to attract investments to the South-East.

“I presented my report from my state, Abia and Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba presented for Imo State and we were able to convey Mr President’s message to the people in our various states.

“Majorly, one highpoint that I want to say critically was in Abia, a documentary was done showing issues concerning war. There is no need for anybody to encourage war any more.

“War does not bring prosperity but peace brings prosperity to the entire world, and that is why we stand for one indivisible nation, Nigeria for everyone.

“That’s what Mr President stands for and this government has done a lot for this nation within this period which we shared with the people and they are happy with the performance of the Federal Government.”

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We expected this earlier – Keyamo responds as Gatwick Airport finally welcomes Air Peace

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We expected this earlier – Keyamo responds as Gatwick Airport finally welcomes Air Peace

Gatwick Airport, in a post on its X account on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, expressed excitement to welcome Air Peace to the Lagos- London route, whose operations commenced on March 31, 2024.

“Exciting news! We recently welcomed Nigerian carrier @flyairpeace to the London Gatwick family, flying daily to Lagos,” the company’s post partly read.

The message comes barely two weeks after the indigenous airline made history by making its inaugural flight from Lagos to Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.

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However, Keyamo was a little dissatisfied that Gatwick’s message was belated and made his feelings known accordingly.

Reacting, the minister first thanked the company before noting that the message should have come on the first day Air Peace arrived at the airport.

Keyamo also said the Nigerian government is looking forward to working with Gatwick Airport to ensure seamless operations for the airline.

“Finally! Thank you @Gatwick_Airport. We expected this on the first day of the arrival of one of our most important local airlines @flyairpeace, but better late than never.

We look forward to working with you to ensure seamless operations by @flyairpeace from your airport. The Government of Nigeria fully supports our local operators,” the minister wrote while quoting Gatwick Airport’s post.

We expected this earlier – Keyamo responds as Gatwick Airport finally welcomes Air Peace

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Foreign airlines conspiring to edge Air Peace out of Lagos-London route – Onyema

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Foreign airlines conspiring to edge Air Peace out of Lagos-London route – Onyema

Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, says foreign carriers operating the Nigeria-UK route are conspiring to send Air Peace out of the international operations.
He said since Air Peace commenced flight operations to London on March 30, 2024 by charging normal airfares, the foreign airlines had been scheming to edge it out of business.
Onyema made the revelation on Tuesday while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.
He alleged that there is an “unspoken alliance” among foreign airlines to use lower pricing to eject Air Peace from the Nigeria-London route.

“If they take out Air Peace prematurely, this country will pay dearly for it, 10 times over, billions will be lost, there will be another heavy strain on the naira,” he said.

“It’s a very devilish conspiracy,” said a dissatisfied Onyema.

“All of a sudden, (foreign) airlines are underpricing, below the cost, it’s not up to one month, an airline was advertising $100, another one $305, $350.

“Fill up the entire aircraft and carry people on the wings, it’s not even enough to buy your fuel. So, why are they doing that? Their governments are supporting them because Nigeria has been a cash cow for everybody.

“Their governments are supporting them to do this and take Air Peace out. The idea is to take Air Peace out and the moment they succeed in taking Air Peace out, Nigerians will pay 20 times over again,” he said.

Onyema asked other Nigerian airlines to join the Nigeria-UK route to break the monopoly hitherto enjoyed by foreign carriers operating into the four major gateway airports of Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

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Emirates set to resume Dubai-Nigeria flights, just received its notice – Minister

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Emirates set to resume Dubai-Nigeria flights, just received its notice – Minister

 

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has announced that Emirates Airlines is prepared to resume flight operations to Nigeria.

He said the notice to resume flights on the route came through a letter by the airline sent to him.

Keyamo spoke during an interview on Arise television on Monday.

Emirates suspended flight operations to Nigeria in November 2022 over its inability to repatriate its revenue from the country.

The Federal Government in September 2023 said the airline would resume services in Nigeria after a meeting between President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mohamed bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates.

But since that first announcement, Emirates is yet to resume flights operations.

But speaking on the issue during the interview, Keyamo said the first announcement over the proposed resolution between the UAE and Nigeria was hastily done and dismissed claims that it was fake news.

The minister said he had received a letter from the airline confirming that all the issues had been resolved and was ready to resume flights.

“Emirates flight resumption is almost happening. I just received a letter from Emirates. The letter is on my phone now.

“They have gone through all the gamut and they are ready to come back. They will announce the date because to restart a route, they have to get an aircraft for that route.

“I am announcing to Nigerians for the first time that I just received a letter from Emirates now. The letter is with me. I have a hard copy thanking you for all the efforts we made.

“Mr. President was the showman here. He was the one who pushed for it. He made my job easy because he went there, and had a diplomatic shuttle to resolve all the issues. That was why I said the last announcement was hasty and not fake news.

“They will announce the date for their next flight. We have received a letter confirming that all the issues have been resolved and prepared to start coming back. It may be before June.”

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