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Audit IGR of NCAA, other agencies to justify forex concession to foreign airlines

Many Nigerians would welcome the decision of government to commence the audit of its parastatals. Apart from providing government the means of assessing the true and aggregate sources of public agencies IGR, this act will also revive the institution of fiscal discipline; ensure transparency and accountability in the management of public finance; curb wastages of public fund and reduce corruption …

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Aviation Intervention Funds – Get at the politically exposed banks and their allies in MDAs

  John O Ojikutu The average Nigerian commercial banks are generally known for declaring excessive profits in billions of naira in their yearly financial statement returns without evidence of considerable long-term financial investment on the industrial and commercial ventures or manufacturing. A critical examination and analysis of these banks equity and shares would show keen observers that the major investors …

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Dr. Harold Demuren’s transformation

Kayode Adewunmi                                                                               Former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren, is a man widely known in the aviation industry, where he has operated for several decades, for his thoroughness and professional sagacity. His impressive record as the top policeman of the country’s airspace during the turbulent period of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, when aircraft …

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Exploiting the economic potentials of the Nigerian aviation industry

Yakubu Dati The aviation industry is a catalyst for socio-economic development anywhere! It provides the fastest and safest means of transportation of persons and cargo within and between countries thereby promoting commerce and industry, two of the major determinants of the Gross Domestic Product. Tourism, which today, constitutes the economic mainstay of such countries as UAE and Ethiopian, is given …

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Sirika unfolds vision for Nigerian aviation

Senator Hadi Sirika, the Honourable Minister of State, Aviation has unfolded the vision and strategies of the President Mohammad Buhari administration for achieving a quantum leap forward for the Nigerian Aviation industry. First, he made it clear that Aviation” is pivotal to the growth of key economic sectors, certainly not limited to travel and tourism. Agriculture production and distribution, rural …

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Of Arik, Bi-Courtney and FAAN: What truly lies beneath

Recent invectives by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) about any issue concerning the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over debts and everything else leaves a lot of questions in the lips of onlookers like myself who have watched with keen interest, a lot of drama unfold between all parties. The crux is who owes what?  And who own what? …

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Domestic airlines’ recurring debts and the way out of the impasse

The indebtedness of the Nigeria Domestic Airlines grew up to the present level today because, most of the operators are sponsored by or are sponsors of political office holders in government. With the ‘attitude of we own the government’ most of these operators had no intention of paying for the services rendered to them by the  government services providers, despite …

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Comptroller General Customs must call officers at MMIA to order!!

The attack last week by an officer with the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC), attached to the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) identified as H. Daboh, on a staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Taiwo Adeyanju Palace Gate of the Cargo Terminal and the reaction of the security agency leaves little to be desired and a lot to …

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NCAA, seeking true, virile autonomy

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA has remained the centre of attraction in the aviation industry since it was set up from the then Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) to regulate the sector in Nigeria. Piloted by different directors general with different ideologies, guided by one document worldwide the agency has been under critical examination by stakeholders in the aviation …

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