Apapa gridlock: expert urges FG to enforce private ownership of truck parks

By Aliyu DANLADI A traffic expert, Mr Patrick Adenusi, has advised the Federal Government to enforce private ownership of truck parks to curb revenue losses and perennial Apapa gridlock in line with global standards. Adenusi, a consultant with Safety Beyond Borders, a traffic NGO gave the advise on Monday in Lagos. He said indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on port access routes caused huge losses in terms of man-hours and revenue and appealed for drastic action to ease the gridlock and improve the nation’s revenue. He appealed to the federal…

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37 ships carrying various products expected at Lagos ports

By Thompson ABISOLA The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 36 ships to bring in petroleum products, food and other goods from Dec. 10 to Dec. 29, at Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports. The  six of the 37 ships will sail in with petrol. The other 31 ships are carrying buckwheat, general cargo, ethanol, aviation fuel, steel, diesel, sugar, butane gas, frozen fish and containers carrying different goods. According to the NPA, 14 ships have arrived the ports and are waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, diesel…

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MMA2 continues operations as FAAN shelves threat to withdraw services

By Giwa SHILE The Management of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos on Monday continued flight operations following the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) agreement to shelve plans of withdrawing its services to the terminal over alleged indebtedness. FAAN had in a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) stated that it would be withdrawing Aviation Security, fire fighting and rescue operations to MMA2 effective from midnight Dec. 9. However, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed to NAN that negotiations had resumed between the agency and Bi-Courtney…

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128 deaths, 2, 254 injuries recorded in road cashes in Sept., says FRSC

By Thompson ABISOLA A total of 128 persons died, while 2, 254 others were injured in 673 road crashes across the country in September, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). FRSC disclosed this in its monthly Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report signed by the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja. The September figures indicated a general reduction in all parameters with 31 per cent and 17 per cent reduction in crashes and fatality cases respectively as…

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Air traffic controllers urge FG to fix Lagos Airport runway

By Kunle SHONUGA The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has appealed to the Federal Government to fix the runway lightings the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. NATCA also urged government to urgently rehabilitate the abandoned Taxiway B of the airport in order to increase its capacity and also to reduce the workload on the pilots and controllers. NATCA made the pleas in a seven-point communique issued after its 47th Annual General Meeting which took place on Saturday in Lagos. The communique was signed by NATCA President, Mr Victor Eyaru and…

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Bodo-Bonny Bridge: Minister urges communities to cooperate with contractor

By Thompson ABISOLA The Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Mustapha Shehuri, has called on communities along the corridor of Bodo-Bonny Bridge project to cooperate with the contractor handling the job. Shehuri made the call on Sunday in Port Harcourt while inspecting ongoing Federal Government projects in Rivers. He said that the call was to ensure speedy completion of the project and ease the sufferings of residents of the communities. The minister was reacting to complaints by the Federal Controller of works in the state, Mr…

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African airlines call for lifting of aviation taxes

By Elizabeth ADENUGA The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has called for reduced charges and taxes on fuel, airport development levies and airport user fees in conformity with air transport rules passed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Nairobi-based airlines association said in a statement issued on Saturday its general assembly approved a resolution calling upon the governments of Africa to reduce the taxes and airport user fees to conform to the nature of services offered at airports. The resolution urged ministers responsible for civil aviation to immediately brief…

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Why there’s improved air safety in Nigeria — AIB boss

By Meletus EZE The Commissioner for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr Akin Olateru, says the aviation sector has recorded no major air crash for over three years because of the synergy and effective collaboration among the agencies. Olateru made the assertion at the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Lagos on Saturday. Other agencies in the sector are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. Olateru emphasised that…

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AIB releases first international aircraft investigation report in Sao Tome

By Giwa SHILE The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released its first international aircraft investigation report on an accident involving a Cavok Airlines aircraft at the Sao Tome International Airport, Sao Tome on July 29, 2017. AIB Spokesman, Tunji Oketunbi, said that the final report of the incident was submitted to the Sao Tome’s aviation authorities by the bureau’s Commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, on Wednesday. “This was very significant as for the first time in the history of AIB accident investigation was handled by the bureau on behalf of another…

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Aviation contributes $2.7trn to global GDP – ICAO

By Giwa SHILE The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), says aviation industry’s contribution to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), currently stands at 2.7 trillion dollars. President of ICAO, Dr Bernard Aliyu and the Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu on Friday, in a joint statement to commemorate the 2018 International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD), said  no fewer than 4.1 billion passengers and 56 million tonnes of freight were carried on 37 million commercial flights in 2017. Dec. 7 every year is recognised globally as ICAD and the theme for this…

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