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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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Obioma Njoku – A true professional and friend has gone too soon

OBIOMA Njoku Hyacenth was born in Umuaghara Obibi Nguru, Nweafor Autonomous Community in the present day Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State on the 10th of October, 1964. He obtained a National Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NUJ), Ogba, Lagos, between 1989 to 1991. Obioma, as he was fondly called by his friends and …

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MMA2 at 10: Lessons for private investors

By Steve Omolale THE 16th American President, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” Come May, this year, Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, which is a product of the courage to dare to do right, will be 10 years old and it will roll out …

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Regulations on ticket sales charge are national laws and cannot be unilaterally suspended- Ojikitu

THE National Civil Aviation Regulations requirements for all airlines to remit 5% of their ticket sales and cargo sales to the NCAA have for a very long time been generating reactions and a number of unresolved issues within the industry. Specifically, the Regulations require: all domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria to forward to the Authority through electronic platform …

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The Abuja Runway closure: Sirika delivers as Kaduna comes alive with activities

THREE weeks into the diversion of flights from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) to Kaduna International Airport, for runway rehabilitation at the Abuja Airports, it would seem that the programme is going on as scheduled. Scores of flights have operated in and out of the airport showing its capability to handle international operations, in line with the assurance earlier …

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Lalong unveils path to prosperity

By Yakubu Dati  AN investigation by the Economic Confidential provides shocking discovery that fifteen states of the federation may go bankrupt as their Internally Generated Revenues, IGR, in 2015 were far below 10% of their Federation Account Allocations, FAA, in one year from June 2015 to May 2016. Even though Plateau State falls amongst this prediction, the body language of …

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NCAA’s 2017 press conference and airlines’ earnings for 2015, 2016

JOHN O OJIKUTU THE NCAA press conference of Monday January 30, 2017 was unlike anything before it in over 10 years since the agency was established. The conference seems to be an attempt by the agency to bring to the public knowledge the earnings, not the spending of the airlines operators. It could be an effort made to assuage the …

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The big problem driving the Nigerian aviation industry’s pilot glut

JAMES DUROJAIYE                                                                                                                                       SULEIMAN (not real name) has always nursed his childhood dream of becoming an airline pilot. One day, the opportunity came in when the government announced the Niger delta amnesty program for militants and as part of the program the federal government will sponsor some of the ex-militants to become pilots. Suleiman was one of those selected by the …

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