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Shake-Up As FG Appoints Acting MD For NAMA, Redeploys Directors In NCAA, FAAN, Others

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Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mathew Lawrence Pwajok

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr. Mathew Lawrence Pwajok, a former Director of Operations as the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

This follows the expiration of the tenure of Captain Fola Akinkuotu, on January 7, 2021.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika conveyed Pwajok’s appointment in a letter.

Pwajok, who retired from service in December, was directed by a letter from the Human Resource Management of the Ministry with reference number FMA/ PS/ APPT/ CEO/014/1/23.

The letter titled: “Appointment of Director to Oversee the Office of the Managing Director/CEO and signed by A.D Muhammad for the Minister was directed to the immediate past MD.

“I am directed to inform you that the honourable minister has approved that Mr. Pwajok Mathew Lawrence, Director of Operations oversee the Office of the Managing Director/ CEO pending the appointment of a substantive MD/CEO.”

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“You are to kindly accord the director all the necessary support and cooperation he needs while overseeing the office. While thanking you for your usual cooperation, please accept the esteem regards of the honourable Minister.”

Daily Trust reports that the Federal Government had approved Akinkuota as NAMA MD on January 7, 2017, at a time other heads of aviation agencies were also named. His appointment was for a period of five years in accordance with the Act establishing the agency.

Daily Trust reports that the Ministry also carried out major shake-up in other Aviation agencies.

For instance in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Minister approved the re-appointment and redeployment of some Directors and Special Assistants.

A letter signed by the Director, Human Resources Management, S.D. Muhammed dated January 12, 2022, with reference number FM/PS/APPT/CEO/014/1/12 addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said, “I am directed to inform that the Minister of Aviation has approved the re-appointment and redeployment of Directors and Special Assistants in the office of the Minister and the agencies as indicated in the attached list”.

“Officers deployed to the Minister’s Office are to continue to draw salaries and other entitlements from the agencies of deployment. I am also requesting that all handing and taking over exercise where applicable be completed before the close of work on January 21, 2022”.

Also in FAAN, Anozie Hanarius was reappointed director, Human Resources, Aboderin Adenike retained her position as Director, Finance, and Administration.

Also reappointed were Abdulkadir Rafindadi and Capt Yusuf Muye as Commercial and Business Development and Operations respectively while Alli Maina has been appointed Director, Engineering just as Gold Bridget Iwinose heads the Legal Unit.

In the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Adamu Wakili has been appointed Director, Human Resources, Capt Chris Najomo, Director Air Transport Regulation whose appointments took effect from January 7, 2022.

Bahagio Agio who was first appointed as an Operations, Licensing & Training Standards on September 2, 2017, retained his position; Odunowo Tayib who was first appointed as Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards in 2017 retained his position.

Also, Sani Bilikisu and Ajiboye Isiak retained their position as Director of Finance & Accounts and Director, Airworthiness Standards respectively.

Musa Mai Sallau who was first appointed as a Director in May 1990 got reappointed as Director, Human Resources in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Alhaji Umar Farouk Ahmed retained his position as Director, Engineering and Electronics, NAMA while Pwajok Lawrence Mathew who retired after 35 years of service was re-appointed as a Director and has been asked to oversee NAMA.

At the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Capt Dayyabu Danraka who was first appointed as Director of Operations got his appointment confirmed and retained his position.

Mohammed Wali is Director, Engineering, Salisu Auwal is now Director, Human Resources and Kakangi Aliyu is Legal Adviser.

At the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), retained his position as Director, Human Resources, Charles Anosike was appointed as Director AMS, Abdul Ahmed, Director, Legal; Saad Bashie, director, Director, Engineering and Technical Services; Abba Mailabi Yusuf is Director, Weather Forecasting Services,  Effiom Essien Oku appointed Director, Research and Training and Hamza Sani Hamza as Director, Finance and Accounts.

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JUST IN: Air Peace Suspends Flights To South Africa Over Aviation Fuel, Visa Delay

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Citing the increasing cost of aviation fuel and scarcity as well as the delay in the issuance of visa to intending passengers, Air Peace has suspended its flights to South Africa.

The suspension, which takes effects from August 22, is for a period of 60 days, the Airline said in a notice.

Daily Trust reports that domestic airlines had been forced to adjust their schedules over the recurring scarcity of Jet fuel as well as the skyrocketing price of the product.

But added to this, according to Air Peace, was delay by the South African authorities to issue visa to prospective passengers which was said to be affecting the load factor on Air Peace’s flight to Johannesburg.

Air Peace in the notice expressed optimism that the issues which warranted the suspension would have been addressed before October.

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It said, “We hereby inform the flying public that effective from August 22, 2022, our Johannesburg flight operations will be suspended till October 8, 2022.

“This development is regretted but has become inevitable due to the delayed issuance of South African visas to travellers, worsening forex crunch and the increasing cost of aviation fuel as well as its scarcity.

“However, having informed the South African High Commission in Lagos of the effects of the difficulty in getting SA visas by Nigerians, which consequence is the abysmally low passenger loads on our flights to and from Johannesburg, we believe that the situation will have improved within the next 60 days. Hence, our willingness to resume operations on the October 8, 2022.

“Passengers whose flights are affected have the option of rescheduling to fly before August 22, 2022 or from October 9, 2022. Passengers can also request a refund…

“We apologise for the inconveniences caused and will keep the public updated while we hope the situation improves.”

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Davido, Tuface, Ned Nwoko, others on alert as Ferrari recalls nearly every car

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Super-rich Nigerians and celebrities who drive Ferrari will have to surrender their Italian luxury sports car to the manufacturer to fix a major problem.

Ferrari has discovered a big stopping problem, with 19 of its models dating back to 2005 reportedly at risk of a potential brake failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Some of those known to have the super luxury car in Nigeria are singer Davido; former Arsenal and Super Eagles sensational striker Kanu Nwankwo; rapper and billionaire daughter DJ Cuppy; Ned Nwoko with his Nollywood wife, Reginal Daniels, and another famous ex-Super Eagles player Obafemi Martins.

MotorTrend, an online auto journal, on Monday reported the NHTSA filing as indicating that the issue had to do with the brake fluid reservoir cap which “may not vent properly, creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir, and resulting in a brake fluid leak that may lead to a partial or total loss of brake function.”

According to the NHTSA recall report, a whopping 23,555 Ferraris are implicated and will need to be serviced.

Owners are expected to receive messages from Ferrari with instructions for proactive repairs before September 24, 2022.

Considering the average price of a Ferrari is at least hundreds of thousand dollars, some quick math proves billions of dollars worth of Ferraris are potentially defective.

The report said Ferrari would replace the brake fluid reservoir cap and update the software in the affected vehicles to provide for a different warning message if the vehicle should lose sufficient brake fluid.

In the meantime, if your Ferrari flashes a “low Brake Fluid” warning, NHTSA directs you to pull off of the road as soon as it is safe to do so and have the car immediately towed to a Ferrari service centre.

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Buhari overrules NNPC, approves Seplat’s acquisition of ExxonMobil’s $1.3bn assets

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved acquisition of ExxonMobil shares in the United States by Seplat Energy Offshore Limited.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday said his Buhari granted the approved as Minister of Petroleum Resources, and in consonance with the country’s drive for Foreign Direct Investment in the energy sector.

He said Exxon Mobil had entered into a landmark Sale and Purchase Agreement with Seplat Energy to acquire the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from Exxon Mobil Corporation, Mobil Development Nigeria Inc, and Mobil Exploration Nigeria Inc, both registered in Delaware, USA.

There had been opposition from the NNPC Ltd, and the Akwa Ibom State Government which hosts most of the assets earlier on the transaction but the ministerial approval puts this to rest.

Adesina added that the President had given ministerial consent to the deal, considering the extensive benefits of the transaction to the Nigerian Energy sector and the larger economy.

He said the President, in commitment to investment drive in light of the Petroleum Industry Act, granted consent to the Share Sales Agreement, as requested by the parties to the transaction, and directed that the approval be conveyed to all the parties involved.

The presidential spokesman said Exxon Mobil/Seplat would carry out operatorship of all the oil mining licenses in the related shallow water assets towards production optimization to support Nigeria’s OPEC quota in the short term as well as ensure accelerated development and monetization of the gas resources in the assets for the Nigerian economy.

Adesina said President Buhari also directed that all environmental and abandonment liabilities be adequately mitigated by Exxon Mobil and Seplat.

The deal worth about $1.3bn will take a 40 per cent stake in four OMLs, including over 90 shallow-water and onshore platforms and 300 producing wells.

 

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