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Sirika moves to pilot Nigerian aviation to new heights

LAST Tuesday, September 13,2016,the  Minister of State, Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika landed in Lagos from a trip and immediately moved to settle a trade dispute between Aero Contractors and its workers. When he got to the airline’s headquarters, the situation had even become worse as the workers were on a protest, over the shut down of operations amidst unpaid salaries …

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Aero Contractors: Did the NCAA carry out any economic audit?

IT was very interesting last Friday to see the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), stand with the Minister of State, Senator Hadi Sirika to beg workers of embattled Aero Contractors to postpone their protest till Monday to see what can be done to ameliorate the situation. However,   as watchers we cannot help but ask the questions …

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Demise of Nigerian Airlines?

THE Nigerian civil aviation industry and in particular, the domestic airlines are gradually collapsing like a pack of cards if the sustained media reports about its comatose state have not been controverted by both the operators both public and private, and even the regulator of the industry. It is better to voluntarily collapse them into manageable numbers for effective and …

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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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