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Ripples from the 5th Stakeholders’ Meeting: My Thoughts

OLUMIDE OHUNAYO THE last stakeholders meeting was not a jamboree but an interactive session that kept stakeholders together for close to six hours. My take was there was a renewed vigour of the Honourable Minister of Aviation to involve the private airlines in the realization of the National carrier and …

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On the suspended strike and perceived antagonism against domestic airlines

IN the aftermath of Tuesday’s suspended strike, domestic airlines in the country are counting their losses and are asking where the fair treatment is for businesses that employ tens of thousands of Nigerians who are not on the payroll of federal or state governments. The strike proposed by Organised Labour …

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Nigeria Air: Repeating the mistakes of Nigeria Airways?

BY ADEWALE DANIELS NIGERIA Airways Limited, a liquidated airline founded in 1958 after the dissolution of West African Airways owned one hundred percent by the government of Nigeria was an example of a mini Nigeria with leadership and operation not different from how the country runs. There is a cry …

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Sokoto runway incursion: The need to caution political leaders

LAST Friday, a crowd of supporters of former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wammako invaded the Sultan Abubakar Sadiq 111 Airport, Sokoto, flagrantly breaking all airport security rules with no one to hold them back. The situation, a political statement of sorts, was intended to deliver a message to political …

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Is the proposed National Carrier a 2019 campaign strategy?

THE desperation and rate at which this government is doing everything to save face before election is alarming. This rush we didn’t see after President Buhari spent 6 months before appointing ministers, calls for worry and concern We cannot make progress as a nation, if we continue to rely on …

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NATOP petition and maligning Tourism personalities

By IKECHI UKO MY attention have been drawn to a widely circulated petition signed by 5 members of NATOP alleging irregularities in the affairs of NATOP. I have been called by a top Government official someone I respect to withhold any further escalation of the issue until it is resolved. …

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A case for low cost carriers

RICHARD Quest the main anchor of Quest Means Business in the CNN Business Travel Programme who recently visited Nigeria had wondered why our domestic airlines were not operating as Low Cost Carriers (LCC). He was possibly  looking at our huge population, poor road network and considering too, the over twenty …

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Nigerian airports for concession not privatization

THE Honourable Minister of State for Aviation had recently briefed the public and the industry stakeholders of government plans to concession certain airports to private investors as part of the larger plans to privatize some public enterprises. Following the Honourable Minister’s Briefings, there had been some emotional reactions from the …

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Why we support strong, reputable Nigerian national carriers- ARTI

  IN the light of recent disturbing development in our industry and the opaque conceptual issues attached to the the national carrier/s the Aviation Round Table Initiative equivocally states: That we support the establishment of national carrier/s devoid of government financial input but driven strictly by investors. Government should provide …

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FAAN shake up: Salamatu Eluma’s victim delusions

SALAMATU Eluma was until recently the Director of Human Resources at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN. That was until the Federal government approved a management reorganization which moved her, in the same position, along with other affected staff, from FAAN to sister organization, the Accident and Investigation Bureau, …

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