Construction of Abuja Airport’s second runway to gulp N67bn, says Sirika

The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said the construction of the second runway for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will gulp N67 billion Sirika made the disclosure at the ministry’s 2018 budget defence before the Joint House of Representatives Committees on Land Transport, Maritime Safety and Administration, Ports Harbour and Water-Ways and Aviation on Thursday in Abuja. He said although N67 billion had been estimated to complete the project, only N10 billion was approved for the project in 2017, while N8.3 billion was earmarked for the project…

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Apapa gridlock: Ambode urges truck owners to utilise ABAT terminal at Ijora

Truck owners parking along the Ijora-Apapa Road and Lagos Island areas should utilise the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) Truck Terminal in Ijora to reduce traffic gridlock in Apapa area. Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State made the appeal on Tuesday at the second quarter of the 2018 Town Hall meeting held at the Apapa Local Government Area. He said the ABAT Truck Terminal which was still undergoing construction could accommodate about 300 trucks at present. According to him, the terminal can accommodate about 3,000 trucks when completed. “Our moving…

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NIMASA, World Maritime Varsity sign MoU to develop maritime industry

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and   World Maritime University (WMU), Malmo, Sweden on Monday in Lagos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop human capacity for the industry. NIMASA Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi said Dr Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA signed on behalf of his organisation, while the President WMU, Mr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry signed for the university. Peterside in his speech after the signing of the MoU, said he led a delegation from Nigeria to Malmo for the purpose of maritime development. He…

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Lagos to award Fourth Mainland Bridge contract in June

The Lagos State Government will in June award contract for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge, an official said on Wednesday. The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, gave the assurance at a ministerial press briefing at Alausa, Ikeja. He said the state was collating technical proposals and evaluating costs toward awarding contract. Akinsanya said committees had been set up to shop for quality contractors on the project. “I do hope that before the end of May or June, we will announce the preferred bidder for…

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16 ships arrive Lagos ports with petrol, other commodities

A total of 16 ships laden with various products including petrol are at the Lagos Ports waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Wednesday. The NPA disclosed in its daily “Shipping Position” made available n Lagos that 14 of the vessels carrying petrol were waiting to berth. It said another two ships would berth with ethanol and bulk fertiliser. No fewer than 34 other ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected at Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports between April 18 and May…

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Poor professional conduct of flight crew contributed to Associated Airline crash — AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) on Wednesday said poor professional conduct of the flight crew was one of the factors responsible for the Associated Aircraft crash of Oct. 3, 2013 at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Commissioner of AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, made the disclosure while presenting a final report on the crash alongside five other serious accident and incident reports to newsmen in Lagos. The aircraft, with the registration number, 5N-BJY, was conveying the body of a former Governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Agagu, for burial in his…

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Tata motors rolls out 200 locally assembled vehicles, calls for ban on Tokunbo

Asian leading car manufacturer TATA Motors on Wednesday rolled out it 200 locally assembled vehicles, which the company said was made to suite the Nigerian terrain and cost-effective. TBI Africa reports that the unveiling of the locally assembled cars was done at the company’s vehicle plant in Lagos. Speaking at the unveiling, the Auto Head, TATA Motors Limited, Mr Suraj Prakash said the company would continue to ensure the adherence to the local content to ensure cost effective cars in Nigeria. “Tata motors has a strong presence in Nigeria with…

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12 ships arrive Lagos ports with petrol, other commodities

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said 12 ships laden with various products, including petrol, are at the Lagos ports waiting to berth. The NPA disclosed this in its daily “Shipping Position” made available in Lagos on Thursday. It said eight of the vessels were laden with petrol, while the remaining four would berth with general cargo, container, oil, and bulk fertiliser. It added that 43 other ships with consignments of petroleum products, food items and other goods were expected at Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports between Thursday and April 28.…

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SAHCOL commences ground handling operation for 2 airlines

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) said it has commenced ground handling operations for two international airlines operating at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCOL, Mr Basil Agboarumi, named the airlines the company had entered into contracts with as Badr Airlines and Tarco Airways. He said the airlines would be operating two flights weekly from Khartoum, Sudan, to Kano. He explained that under the contracts SAHCOL would provide efficient passenger, ramp and cargo handling services to both airlines using the facility. “The…

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Ondo, NIMASA to develop waterways

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Thursday expressed the readiness of the state government to partner the Nigerian Maritime and Aviation Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the waterways in the state. Akeredolu, who made this known in Akure during a courtesy visit to him  by a delegation from NIMASA,  said the waterways could serve as another major  means of travel in Nigeria. He said the waterways in Nigeria had suffered a lot and were mostly clogged with water hyacinth, urging that something could be done to clean them. “When the…

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