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NCAA: Thinking its way out of the forex crisis

AS the foreign exchange crisis bites harder, many businesses in the real sector have either been forced to close shop or are pruning down on all cost centres just to stay afloat. With the recent forecasts not holding out much hope of an early exit from the recession, barely staying afloat is no guarantee of survival. Not even government agencies …

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MMA2, others: Between contract and concession

WITH its ongoing campaign to concession four of its airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano, the Federal Government has, once again, successfully brought to the consciousness of Nigerians an issue many of them, including the elite, have little or no knowledge about. The sing-song about concession, which many believe rather erroneously to be synonymous with contract, is loudest …

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Airports concession: Sirika soothing the rough edges for take-off

AFTER the initial misconception, misgivings, and misunderstanding that greeted the decision of the Federal government to concession Nigeria airports in phases, depending on their categories, the Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika, the man handed the responsibility to turn around the fortune of the ailing industry appears to have struck the right chord with stakeholders, staff of agencies, the …

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Ministry, NASS must audit local, foreign earnings and spendings of airlines

NIGERIAN domestic private airlines operators and their politically exposed supporters in and out of government know their ways to drawing funds from our commonwealth in government coffers for their benefits alone without considering the consequences of their actions on the overall social economic well-being of Nigerians. In not very transparent manners, these operators, organized themselves, without involving the ministry of …

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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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Response to NAAPE campaign of calumny against AIB

OUR attention has been drawn to another petition written by Nigerian Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) in its series of petitions and malicious media attacks aimed at bringing down Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). The management of AIB had initially decided to ignore NAAPE’s attacks and focus on its primary assignment but counsels from concerned members of the public …

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Airlines foreign exchange earnings and spending not scarcity of foreign exchange

THE present travails of the Nigeria Aviation industry, particularly the airlines are not about scarcity of fuel and the lack of foreign exchange; their travails stem from management structure, single ownership and poor financial management of local and foreign earnings, the recurring debts portfolios and the diversion of earnings to invest in other businesses. While the government service providers particularly …

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NAAPE’s response to article on AIB’s Engineer Diala

THE man we know as Engr.Chukwuma Emmanuel Diala and his positions in the Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB) cum ex-Nigeria Airways staff It is imperative to note that the sustainability of all the investigations and the running of the core functions of AIB has been the passion of the person of Engr. Chukwuma Emmanuel Diala the Director of Engineering in the Bureau, …

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Aviation stakeholders meet: matters arising

THE Minister of State for aviation should, as a matter of urgency, convene a Stakeholders’ Conference that will draft and present a National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP}. We need the policy to tackle common bottlenecks to propel Nigerian aviation. The new policy should reflect liberalization and be pro growth. Some countries have done it. India’s new NCAP is designed to …

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