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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 was set to hold November 6, 2018 if government failed …

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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 for the government of Nigeria to establish a new Nigeria …

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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 opponents. It did indeed deliver a message, albeit the wrong …

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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 politicians and governments who make progressive decisions for the benefits …

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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. He has asked for calmness so I will be restrained …

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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 domestic airports mostly dormant for most times of the year. …

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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 public and more too from the aviation stakeholders who ordinarily …

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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 the necessary enabling ground and aero-political support environment.

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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, AIB But rather than toe the path of honour and …

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In support of establishing National Flag Carriers

AFTER the demise of the defunct Nigeria Airways, never has the call by Nigerians for a national carrier been given a serious attention by successive government than the desirous of the present government to establish one within the lifespan of its first term. However, discerning minds among the stakeholders in the industry and others within the general travelling public would …

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