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Sirika’s commissioning of airport facilities nationwide

SHORTLY before the termination of the first tenure of President Buhari – led Federal Administration in May this year, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika took a vivid look at the last four years in the aviation sub-sector and graphically enumerated achievements of the government just as …

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Female pilots taking over the cockpit

Motivating factors for pilots are second to none if one considers that an average captain earns as high as $10,000 per month in the industry today. Of course you cannot earn that high in your first year as pilot but it is something that can happen within a few years as a pilot, all things being equal. It is also a highly dignified profession capable of rubbing away completely any iota of inequality or lack of self-esteem, especially for women in our third world environment.

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Our new terminals are cost effective, will open employment opportunities for Nigerians

WITH Lufthansa set to commence from Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in no distant time, two of the four terminals funded through $500 million by the Chinese EximBank loan with counterpart funding of $100million from the Federal Republic of Nigeria are being put to use. When the Kotoka International Airport …

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New face of Nigerian Airports- The unsung heroes

By Muan E’mbe SUCCESS, an English proverb goes, has many fathers while failure is an orphan. Nothing exemplifies and illustrates this saying more than the euphoria that attended the commissioning of the new terminal at Port Harcourt International airport, Omagwa, Rivers state by President Mohammadu Buhari on October 25, 2018. …

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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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