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  •  The Federal Government has selected Ethiopian Airlines ET Consortium as preferred bidder for Nigeria Air The Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika made this known during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja According to him ET scored 89 per cent out of 100 as regards the technical bid and 15 out 20 as regards financial bid Sirika explained that the Request for Proposal RFP under the Public Private Partnership PPP Act governed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC regarding the Nigeria Air was now completed After a careful detailed and ICRC governed selection process Ethiopian Airlines ET Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder offering an owner consortium of 3 Nigerian investors The Nigerian investors are MRS SAHCO and the Nigerian Sovereign Fund 46 FGN owning 5 and ET 49 The consortium has been subject to a due diligence process The contract will be negotiated between consortium and FGN leading to a Full Business Case FBC which will be expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council FEC We expect this process to take 6 8 weeks The minister said the national carrier would be launched with three Boeing 737 800 in a configuration very suitable for the Nigerian market According to him Nigeria Air will be launched with a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a new comfortable reliable and affordable travel between the two major Nigerian Airports Sirika added that other domestic destinations would follow thereafter The first aircraft is ready to arrive in Abuja for the further work and NCAA inspection demo flights and audit as part of the AOC requirements In time two others will arrive to complete the required three aircraft for a new AOC holder The interim executive team has prepared with the support of FAAN The team has arranged for Terminal C at the Abuja Airport and finalised a contract with MMA 2 terminal in Lagos for the operation of an initial shuttle between Lagos and Abuja he said He noted that the Operations Control Centre OCC at the Abuja Airport would act as Headquarters of the airline NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria Air: FG selects Ethiopian Airlines as preferred bidder
     The Federal Government has selected Ethiopian Airlines ET Consortium as preferred bidder for Nigeria Air The Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika made this known during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja According to him ET scored 89 per cent out of 100 as regards the technical bid and 15 out 20 as regards financial bid Sirika explained that the Request for Proposal RFP under the Public Private Partnership PPP Act governed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC regarding the Nigeria Air was now completed After a careful detailed and ICRC governed selection process Ethiopian Airlines ET Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder offering an owner consortium of 3 Nigerian investors The Nigerian investors are MRS SAHCO and the Nigerian Sovereign Fund 46 FGN owning 5 and ET 49 The consortium has been subject to a due diligence process The contract will be negotiated between consortium and FGN leading to a Full Business Case FBC which will be expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council FEC We expect this process to take 6 8 weeks The minister said the national carrier would be launched with three Boeing 737 800 in a configuration very suitable for the Nigerian market According to him Nigeria Air will be launched with a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a new comfortable reliable and affordable travel between the two major Nigerian Airports Sirika added that other domestic destinations would follow thereafter The first aircraft is ready to arrive in Abuja for the further work and NCAA inspection demo flights and audit as part of the AOC requirements In time two others will arrive to complete the required three aircraft for a new AOC holder The interim executive team has prepared with the support of FAAN The team has arranged for Terminal C at the Abuja Airport and finalised a contract with MMA 2 terminal in Lagos for the operation of an initial shuttle between Lagos and Abuja he said He noted that the Operations Control Centre OCC at the Abuja Airport would act as Headquarters of the airline NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria Air: FG selects Ethiopian Airlines as preferred bidder
    General news1 week ago

    Nigeria Air: FG selects Ethiopian Airlines as preferred bidder

    The Federal Government has selected Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium as preferred bidder for Nigeria Air. The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika made this known during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.

    According to him, ET scored 89 per cent out of 100 as regards the technical bid and 15 out 20 as regards financial bid.

    Sirika explained that the Request for Proposal (RFP) under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, governed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission(ICRC) regarding the Nigeria Air was now completed.

    “After a careful, detailed and ICRC governed selection process, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder, offering an owner consortium of 3 Nigerian investors.

    “The Nigerian investors are MRS, SAHCO and the Nigerian Sovereign Fund (46%), FGN owning 5% and ET 49%.

    The consortium has been subject to a due diligence process.

    “The contract will be negotiated between consortium and FGN leading to a Full Business Case (FBC) which will be expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

    We expect this process to take 6-8 weeks.

    ” The minister said the national carrier would be launched with three Boeing 737-800 in a configuration very suitable for the Nigerian market.

    According to him, Nigeria Air will be launched with a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a new comfortable, reliable and affordable travel between the two major Nigerian Airports.

    Sirika added that other domestic destinations would follow thereafter.

    “The first aircraft is ready to arrive in Abuja for the further work and NCAA inspection, demo flights and audit as part of the AOC requirements.  

    “In time, two others will arrive to complete the required three aircraft for a new AOC holder.

    The interim executive team has prepared, with the support of FAAN.  

    “The team has arranged for Terminal C at the Abuja Airport and finalised a contract with MMA 2 terminal in Lagos, for the operation of an initial shuttle between Lagos and Abuja,” he said.

    He noted that the Operations Control Centre (OCC) at the Abuja Airport would act as Headquarters of the airline.


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  •  The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN says it has achieved 90 per cent completion on the ongoing repair of 1836R runway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja The Managing Director of FAAN Capt Rabiu Yadudu made this known during an inspection tour of the runway in Lagos on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FAAN on July 7 closed the Muritala Muhammed Airport MMA runway for 90 days for installation of Airfield Lighting AFL FAAN said it would also install the approach lights runway lights threshold centerline edge lights for runway 18 36R so as to return to 247 operations Yadudu told newsmen that FAAN intended to meet its 90 days deadline but would delay and do a thorough job if it had to The managing director explained that apart from the MMA FAAN was upgrading virtually all the airports in the country that were under its purview So far I think we have done about 90 per cent and we are on schedule and remember we are very optimistic but if anything would make it to be delayed I would boldly make it delayed I would rather have a good job concluded safely Aviation is not about quick fixes it is about long term fixes For 12 years this is not working but now you are getting it in a few hours what is the problem The bottom line is our target up to this moment but anything that will hinder and we are sure has to do with the safety we will not hesitate that is our primary responsibility but so far there is none And we are committed this is my 10th visit and there are people here daily monitoring and supervising the project he said Speaking on Taxiway Bravo Yadudu said the project had been stalled due to inflation affecting procurement cost especially of bitumen He noted that the Taxiway Bravo had been at about 95 per cent for the past five months however it was affected by issues that had to do with procurement Suddenly we have inflation and the contractor is complaining but he is working with FAAN and the Ministry to see how we can find a solution to the problem This inflation issue suddenly increased the cost of bitumen and asphalt and we are trying to resolve it quietly so he also ends up doing a good job We do not want him to do a bad job because he has concerns and we are addressing those concerns It would have been commissioned four five months ago but we need to do a good job that everyone would be proud of he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FAAN achieves 90% completion on Runway 18L/36R repair
     The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN says it has achieved 90 per cent completion on the ongoing repair of 1836R runway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja The Managing Director of FAAN Capt Rabiu Yadudu made this known during an inspection tour of the runway in Lagos on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FAAN on July 7 closed the Muritala Muhammed Airport MMA runway for 90 days for installation of Airfield Lighting AFL FAAN said it would also install the approach lights runway lights threshold centerline edge lights for runway 18 36R so as to return to 247 operations Yadudu told newsmen that FAAN intended to meet its 90 days deadline but would delay and do a thorough job if it had to The managing director explained that apart from the MMA FAAN was upgrading virtually all the airports in the country that were under its purview So far I think we have done about 90 per cent and we are on schedule and remember we are very optimistic but if anything would make it to be delayed I would boldly make it delayed I would rather have a good job concluded safely Aviation is not about quick fixes it is about long term fixes For 12 years this is not working but now you are getting it in a few hours what is the problem The bottom line is our target up to this moment but anything that will hinder and we are sure has to do with the safety we will not hesitate that is our primary responsibility but so far there is none And we are committed this is my 10th visit and there are people here daily monitoring and supervising the project he said Speaking on Taxiway Bravo Yadudu said the project had been stalled due to inflation affecting procurement cost especially of bitumen He noted that the Taxiway Bravo had been at about 95 per cent for the past five months however it was affected by issues that had to do with procurement Suddenly we have inflation and the contractor is complaining but he is working with FAAN and the Ministry to see how we can find a solution to the problem This inflation issue suddenly increased the cost of bitumen and asphalt and we are trying to resolve it quietly so he also ends up doing a good job We do not want him to do a bad job because he has concerns and we are addressing those concerns It would have been commissioned four five months ago but we need to do a good job that everyone would be proud of he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FAAN achieves 90% completion on Runway 18L/36R repair
    General news3 weeks ago

    FAAN achieves 90% completion on Runway 18L/36R repair

    The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has achieved 90 per cent completion on the ongoing repair of 1836R runway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.

    The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, made this known during an inspection tour of the runway in Lagos on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FAAN, on July 7, closed the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA) runway for 90 days, for installation of Airfield Lighting (AFL).

    FAAN said it would also install the approach lights, runway lights, (threshold, centerline, edge lights) for runway 18 36R so as to return to 247 operations.

    Yadudu told newsmen that FAAN intended to meet its 90 days deadline but would delay and do a thorough job if it had to.

    The managing director explained that apart from the MMA, FAAN was upgrading virtually all the airports in the country that were under its purview.

    “So far, I think we have done about 90 per cent and we are on schedule; and remember we are very optimistic, but if anything would make it to be delayed, I would boldly make it delayed.

    “I would rather have a good job concluded, safely.

    Aviation is not about quick fixes it is about long term fixes.

    “For 12 years, this is not working, but now you are getting it in a few hours, what is the problem?

    “The bottom line is our target up to this moment, but anything that will hinder and we are sure has to do with the safety, we will not hesitate that is our primary responsibility, but so far there is none.

    “And we are committed; this is my 10th visit and there are people here daily, monitoring and supervising the project,” he said.

    Speaking on Taxiway Bravo, Yadudu said the project had been stalled due to inflation affecting procurement cost, especially of bitumen.

    He noted that the Taxiway Bravo had been at about 95 per cent for the past five months, however, it was affected by issues that had to do with procurement.

    “Suddenly we have inflation and the contractor is complaining, but he is working with FAAN and the Ministry to see how we can find a solution to the problem.

    ”This inflation issue suddenly increased the cost of bitumen and asphalt and we are trying to resolve it quietly, so he also ends up doing a good job,.

    “We do not want him to do a bad job because he has concerns, and we are addressing those concerns.

    ” “It would have been commissioned four, five months ago, but we need to do a good job that everyone would be proud of,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Airlines groan write FAAN NCAA over operations Airlines groan write FAAN NCAA over operations Operations By Yunus Yusuf Lagos July 19 2022 The Airline Operators of Nigeria AON has written to Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN seeking an urgent review of the 90 day closure of Runway 18L The group s letter dated July 15 signed by AON President Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa was made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday It said that a week after the closure work had yet to begin on the runway and the move was causing unsustainable additional operating costs to airlines FAAN had on July 6 announced plans to complete the installation of CAT III Airfield Ground Lighting system on Runway 1836R It said that the project would begin on July 8 and was expected to last for 90 days Consequently it said that Runway 1836R would be closed to flight operations during the time It however assured stakeholders that there would be no disruption as all normal flight operations would be conducted through runway 1836L FAAN said that a Notice to Airmen NOTAM to this effect hd already been published and disseminated accordingly It said the work was part of efforts aimed at improving safety and efficiency of flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos But the airline operators in their letter also claim that the notice on the closure was short The airline operators who are groaning over harsh operating conditions have also written the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA requesting approval to remove 5 fuel surcharge It wants this as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the exorbitant price of Jet A1 on airline operations in the country In the letter written by AON President to FAAN the group flayed the 90 day period stipulated for the installation of the Air Field Lighting The airlines stressed that due to the ever rising cost of Jet A1 the closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10 15 more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA This it said is based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred The letter directed to the Managing Director Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Capt Rabiu Yadudu called on the FAAN boss to convene an urgent stakeholders consultation meeting to review the closure of Runway 18L It said there was a need to enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations The letter reads in part The AON welcomes the effort by FAAN to install runway lighting on Runway 18L at last However international best practice for such critical airfield infrastructure projects is for the airport operator to enter into discussions with all affected parties to arrive at an optimal arrangement that allows the work to be done while limiting the inconvenience economic impact and safety implications on all concerned In this instance FAAN failed to do this It said that FAAN was aware of the current existential threat of runaway aviation fuel prices to the domestic airlines The closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10 15 more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred as a result The airlines have already felt these additional costs within the first week of the closure of the runway This unnecessary burden is unsustainable for a 3 month period on the airlines it said The AON contends that in line with international best practice runways of airports are only closed when there is no other option For infrastructure projects such as this one on 18L to limit the impact on flight operations FAAN ought to have ensured that the contractor does the work at night when the runway is not in use If there is an absolute need for work to be done during daylight hours then agreement should have been reached with the runway users on what time window would allow this For the major airport in Nigeria AON notes with disappointment that Runway 18L has been closed for a week now with no evidence of any work going on Yet the airlines have been burdened with huge but unnecessary additional costs and flight delays Surely this situation is not in the best interests of the industry Moreover the additional taxi time due to closure of runway 18L impacts negatively on airlines schedule to sunset airports around the country leading to delays and cancellation of flights to these airports Given the above critical concerns AON implores the management of FAAN to urgently review this closure of Runway 18L and enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations the letter reads in part In the same vein the body wrote to the NCAA in a letter dated July 18 directed to Capt Musa Nuhu it s Director General on their concerns AON is seeking his approval to remove fuel surcharge as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the price of Jet A1 on airline operations in the country The AON said In addition to the crippling effect of intermittent shortages of Jet A 1 the price has risen from 420 per litre in February 2022 to over 780 today This has greatly increased the operational cost of airlines by well over 130 yet airlines are unable to increase fares and as well suffer from unavailability of foreign exchange to conduct their operations In order to forestall a backlash and total shutdown of the system airlines are hoping to resort to an introduction of a Fuel Surcharge of between 25 40 of NUC as a way of offsetting the additional burden brought about by increased fuel cost bearing in mind that jet fuel accounts for about 40 of total operational expenses The AON called for immediate review of the decision that airlines are required to obtain approval for an initial three 3 months before implementation of a fuel surcharge It sought a waiver of the demand that airlines pay an additional 5 on the Fuel Surcharge entirely separate from the 5 Ticket Sales Charge TSC According to them unless this is done it will mean in effect that whatever is collected by the airlines as fuel surcharge to cushion the effect of the high fuel price will be taken away once again by NCAA This in effect will amount to double jeopardy as airlines will be unable to offset the additional cost which the fuel surcharge is meant to address in the first place Efforts to get reactions from both aviation bodies were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report YO NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Airlines groan, write FAAN, NCAA over operations
      Airlines groan write FAAN NCAA over operations Airlines groan write FAAN NCAA over operations Operations By Yunus Yusuf Lagos July 19 2022 The Airline Operators of Nigeria AON has written to Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN seeking an urgent review of the 90 day closure of Runway 18L The group s letter dated July 15 signed by AON President Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa was made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday It said that a week after the closure work had yet to begin on the runway and the move was causing unsustainable additional operating costs to airlines FAAN had on July 6 announced plans to complete the installation of CAT III Airfield Ground Lighting system on Runway 1836R It said that the project would begin on July 8 and was expected to last for 90 days Consequently it said that Runway 1836R would be closed to flight operations during the time It however assured stakeholders that there would be no disruption as all normal flight operations would be conducted through runway 1836L FAAN said that a Notice to Airmen NOTAM to this effect hd already been published and disseminated accordingly It said the work was part of efforts aimed at improving safety and efficiency of flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos But the airline operators in their letter also claim that the notice on the closure was short The airline operators who are groaning over harsh operating conditions have also written the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA requesting approval to remove 5 fuel surcharge It wants this as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the exorbitant price of Jet A1 on airline operations in the country In the letter written by AON President to FAAN the group flayed the 90 day period stipulated for the installation of the Air Field Lighting The airlines stressed that due to the ever rising cost of Jet A1 the closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10 15 more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA This it said is based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred The letter directed to the Managing Director Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Capt Rabiu Yadudu called on the FAAN boss to convene an urgent stakeholders consultation meeting to review the closure of Runway 18L It said there was a need to enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations The letter reads in part The AON welcomes the effort by FAAN to install runway lighting on Runway 18L at last However international best practice for such critical airfield infrastructure projects is for the airport operator to enter into discussions with all affected parties to arrive at an optimal arrangement that allows the work to be done while limiting the inconvenience economic impact and safety implications on all concerned In this instance FAAN failed to do this It said that FAAN was aware of the current existential threat of runaway aviation fuel prices to the domestic airlines The closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10 15 more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred as a result The airlines have already felt these additional costs within the first week of the closure of the runway This unnecessary burden is unsustainable for a 3 month period on the airlines it said The AON contends that in line with international best practice runways of airports are only closed when there is no other option For infrastructure projects such as this one on 18L to limit the impact on flight operations FAAN ought to have ensured that the contractor does the work at night when the runway is not in use If there is an absolute need for work to be done during daylight hours then agreement should have been reached with the runway users on what time window would allow this For the major airport in Nigeria AON notes with disappointment that Runway 18L has been closed for a week now with no evidence of any work going on Yet the airlines have been burdened with huge but unnecessary additional costs and flight delays Surely this situation is not in the best interests of the industry Moreover the additional taxi time due to closure of runway 18L impacts negatively on airlines schedule to sunset airports around the country leading to delays and cancellation of flights to these airports Given the above critical concerns AON implores the management of FAAN to urgently review this closure of Runway 18L and enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations the letter reads in part In the same vein the body wrote to the NCAA in a letter dated July 18 directed to Capt Musa Nuhu it s Director General on their concerns AON is seeking his approval to remove fuel surcharge as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the price of Jet A1 on airline operations in the country The AON said In addition to the crippling effect of intermittent shortages of Jet A 1 the price has risen from 420 per litre in February 2022 to over 780 today This has greatly increased the operational cost of airlines by well over 130 yet airlines are unable to increase fares and as well suffer from unavailability of foreign exchange to conduct their operations In order to forestall a backlash and total shutdown of the system airlines are hoping to resort to an introduction of a Fuel Surcharge of between 25 40 of NUC as a way of offsetting the additional burden brought about by increased fuel cost bearing in mind that jet fuel accounts for about 40 of total operational expenses The AON called for immediate review of the decision that airlines are required to obtain approval for an initial three 3 months before implementation of a fuel surcharge It sought a waiver of the demand that airlines pay an additional 5 on the Fuel Surcharge entirely separate from the 5 Ticket Sales Charge TSC According to them unless this is done it will mean in effect that whatever is collected by the airlines as fuel surcharge to cushion the effect of the high fuel price will be taken away once again by NCAA This in effect will amount to double jeopardy as airlines will be unable to offset the additional cost which the fuel surcharge is meant to address in the first place Efforts to get reactions from both aviation bodies were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report YO NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Airlines groan, write FAAN, NCAA over operations
    General news3 months ago

    Airlines groan, write FAAN, NCAA over operations

    Airlines groan, write FAAN, NCAA over operations Airlines groan, write FAAN, NCAA over operations Operations By Yunus Yusuf Lagos, July 19, 2022 The Airline Operators of Nigeria ( AON) has written to Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), seeking an urgent review of the 90-day closure of Runway 18L.

    The group’s letter, dated July 15, signed by AON President, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa, was made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.

    It said that a week after the closure, work had yet to begin on the runway and the move was causing “unsustainable additional operating costs” to airlines.

    FAAN had on July 6 announced plans to complete the installation of CAT III Airfield Ground Lighting system on Runway 1836R.

    It said that the project would begin on July 8, and was expected to last for 90 days.

    Consequently, it said that Runway 1836R would be closed to flight operations during the time.

    It, however, assured stakeholders that there would be no disruption, as all normal flight operations would be conducted through runway 1836L.

    FAAN said that a Notice to Airmen( NOTAM) to this effect hd already been published and disseminated accordingly.

    It said the work was part of efforts aimed at improving  safety and efficiency of flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos But the airline operators, in their letter, also claim that the notice on the closure was short.

    The airline operators, who are groaning over harsh operating conditions, have also written the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) requesting approval to remove 5% fuel surcharge.

    It wants this as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the exorbitant price of Jet-A1 on airline operations in the country.

    In the letter written by AON President to FAAN, the group flayed the 90- day period stipulated for the installation of the Air Field Lighting.

    The airlines stressed that due to the ever rising cost of Jet A1 the closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10-15% more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA.

    This, it said, is based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred.

    The letter, directed to the Managing Director Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt.

    Rabiu Yadudu, called on the FAAN boss to convene an urgent stakeholders consultation meeting, to review the closure of Runway 18L .

    It said there was a need to enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project, that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations.

    The letter reads in part, ”The AON welcomes the effort by FAAN to install runway lighting on Runway 18L, at last.

    “However, international best practice for such critical airfield infrastructure projects is for the airport operator to enter into discussions with all affected parties, to arrive at an optimal arrangement that allows the work to be done, while limiting the inconvenience, economic impact and safety implications on all concerned.

    “In this instance, FAAN failed to do this.” It said that FAAN was aware of the current existential threat of runaway aviation fuel prices to the domestic airlines.

    “The closure of the main domestic runway of MMA automatically adds an additional 10-15% more fuel costs per sector into and out of MMA, based on the additional flight and taxi time incurred as a result.

    ” The airlines have already felt these additional costs within the first week of the closure of the runway.

    “This unnecessary burden is unsustainable for a 3-month period on the airlines, ” it said.

    The AON contends that in line with international best practice, runways of airports are only closed when there is no other option.

    ” For infrastructure projects such as this one on 18L, to limit the impact on flight operations, FAAN ought to have ensured that the contractor does the work at night, when the runway is not in use.

    ” If there is an absolute need for work to be done during daylight hours, then agreement should have been reached with the runway users on what time window would allow this.

    “For the major airport in Nigeria, AON notes with disappointment that Runway 18L has been closed for a week now, with no evidence of any work going on.

    “Yet the airlines have been burdened with huge but unnecessary additional costs and flight delays.

    Surely this situation is not in the best interests of the industry.

    “Moreover, the additional taxi time due to closure of runway 18L impacts negatively on airlines schedule to sunset airports around the country leading to delays and cancellation of flights to these airports.

    “Given the above critical concerns, AON implores the management of FAAN to urgently review this closure of Runway 18L and enter into discussion with the users of the runway on a procedure for the project, that limits both the cost impact on airlines as well as disruption to normal flight operations, “the letter reads in part.

    In the same vein, the body wrote to the NCAA in a letter dated July 18, directed to Capt.

    Musa Nuhu, it’s Director-General, on their concerns.

    AON is seeking his approval to remove fuel surcharge as an ameliorative measure to cushion the effect of the continuous increase in the price of Jet A1 on airline operations in the country.

    The AON said, “In addition to the crippling effect of intermittent shortages of Jet A-1, the price has risen from 420 per litre in February 2022 to over 780 today.

    ” This has greatly increased the operational cost of airlines by well over 130%, yet airlines are unable to increase fares and as well suffer from unavailability of foreign exchange to conduct their operations.

    “In order to forestall a backlash and total shutdown of the system, airlines are hoping to resort to an introduction of a Fuel Surcharge of between 25% – 40% of NUC as a way of offsetting the additional burden brought about by increased fuel cost bearing in mind that jet fuel accounts for about 40% of total operational expenses.” The AON called for immediate review of the decision that airlines are required to obtain approval for an initial three (3) months before implementation of a fuel surcharge.

    It sought a waiver of the demand that airlines pay an additional 5% on the Fuel Surcharge entirely separate from the 5% Ticket Sales Charge (TSC).

    According to them, unless this is done, it will mean in effect that whatever is collected by the airlines as fuel surcharge to cushion the effect of the high fuel price will be taken away once again by NCAA.

    “This in effect will amount to double jeopardy as airlines will be unable to offset the additional cost which the fuel surcharge is meant to address in the first place.

    Efforts to get reactions from both aviation bodies were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.

    YO

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
     Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
    General news3 months ago

    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

    Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 276.

    The judges scored the bout 49-46 49-46 and 50-45.

    In a clinical, albeit unspectacular performance, Adesanya’s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, U.S.

    Cannonier landed nothing of real significance, with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs.

    The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action, especially in the fourth round, which was marked by boos and fans raising lit-up smartphones.

    But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya, a former champion kickboxer, into anything resembling a firefight.

    Adesanya, meanwhile, was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them.

    Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163-141 for the fight, including a 116-90 edge in significant strikes.

    Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round.

    But that’s it as Judge Sal D’Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds.

    “They had an excellent game plan,” Adesanya said, giving credit to Cannonier’s coach, John Crouch. “It was really hard to get my follow-ups going.”

    Coming in, Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC’s pound-for-pound list.

    At middleweight, Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three.

    Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira, who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday’s undercard.

    Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya, including one by knockout.

    “The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand,” Adesanya said, directing his comments to Pereira. “That was in kickboxing.

    “Next time I punch you, you’ll be on skates, and you’re gonna be frozen like Elsa. I’ll leave it at that.”

    In his post-fight news conference, Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance, saying it was disappointing for the fans.

    “I hope when we fight, he does a better fight than that,” Pereira said.

    Adesanya admitted he had an “off night,” realising that fact during the actual bout.

    “Maybe when I couldn’t find my power shots,” he said. “My kicks, the initiators, my jabs, my leg kicks were working. But I couldn’t find my power.”

    Adesanya (23-1) is undefeated at 185 pounds, posting a 12-0 record in the UFC in that weight class.

    The Nigerian-born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February.

    Adesanya, 32, has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019.

    Adesanya’s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight, for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021.

    “The Last Stylebender” has won three straight since that defeat.

    Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class.

    He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Cannonier (15-6) had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in.

    The Arizona resident was coming off a second-round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271.

    Cannonier, 38, has finished fights in three weight divisions: heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

    His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  One Fight Ultimate OFU3 a Mixed Martial Arts MMA Streetfight event themed AJ City Rumble will go down in history as an event that seeks to develop youths at the grassroots The event held at the Navy Barracks in Ajegunle Lagos to commemorate the workers day May 1 had fighters bringing their best to bear to the delight of the crowd that gathered to watch Chief Ife Obiudo the CEO OFU told the News Agency of Nigeria that it gives him pleasure to see young promising fighters in MMA attain great heights in the sport He said he is very passionate about the sport because its international status where in the US Asia and Europe it s embraced to be a sport to reckon with He also said that with great potentials in Nigeria he feels it is important to develop and nurture young talents and invest in them to greater heights We have great fighters in Nigeria and the earlier we discover them and help them the better for the youths to make their mark in the international circuit MMA has come to stay and that is why at OFU entertainment we are motivated to invest heavily in the development of our youths for them to aspire to be greater fighters Obiudo said He added that the choice of Ajegunle is not a mistake because that is the community that has produced Nigeria s legendary sports stars in football athletics boxing and others over the years The OFU 2022 calendar is already packed with spell bidding events as we would be organizing another major event on June 10 to celebrate Nigeria s democracy day On that premise I am calling on other corporate entities in Nigeria to join hands with me so that we can continue to engage the youths through sports because the occasion provides a golden opportunity where the youths and the old make a living by fitting into the various callings related to their field of expertise Obiudo said NAN reports that in a highly explosive bout Iheanyi Agoha Sagon Junior defeated Nani Young Van Dan Chima by a split decision to emerge champion of OFU3 Streetfight for 2022 In another entertaining bout that kept the teeming spectators spellbound Victor Dooga aka Benue Boy defeated Geoffrey John aka Skull Cobra by unanimous decision There were three other thrilling bouts that saw six young kick boxers engage themselves in demonstration fights that also thrilled spectators Iheanyi Sagon Junior Agoha told NAN that he was very happy to defeat his opponent and that he worked very hard to achieve his set objectives He said that he is very confident about the future as his dreams are to attain international stardom someday It s a great day for me I thank the organisers for giving me the platform to express myself in my chosen career I look forward to many more fights because I determined to do even better if given many more opportunities like this one he said NAN reports that all roads lead to the Oriental Hotel in Lagos for the next OFU 4 Democracy fight night which is coming up on June 10 NAN
    OFU MMA will develop youths to international stardom – Organisers
     One Fight Ultimate OFU3 a Mixed Martial Arts MMA Streetfight event themed AJ City Rumble will go down in history as an event that seeks to develop youths at the grassroots The event held at the Navy Barracks in Ajegunle Lagos to commemorate the workers day May 1 had fighters bringing their best to bear to the delight of the crowd that gathered to watch Chief Ife Obiudo the CEO OFU told the News Agency of Nigeria that it gives him pleasure to see young promising fighters in MMA attain great heights in the sport He said he is very passionate about the sport because its international status where in the US Asia and Europe it s embraced to be a sport to reckon with He also said that with great potentials in Nigeria he feels it is important to develop and nurture young talents and invest in them to greater heights We have great fighters in Nigeria and the earlier we discover them and help them the better for the youths to make their mark in the international circuit MMA has come to stay and that is why at OFU entertainment we are motivated to invest heavily in the development of our youths for them to aspire to be greater fighters Obiudo said He added that the choice of Ajegunle is not a mistake because that is the community that has produced Nigeria s legendary sports stars in football athletics boxing and others over the years The OFU 2022 calendar is already packed with spell bidding events as we would be organizing another major event on June 10 to celebrate Nigeria s democracy day On that premise I am calling on other corporate entities in Nigeria to join hands with me so that we can continue to engage the youths through sports because the occasion provides a golden opportunity where the youths and the old make a living by fitting into the various callings related to their field of expertise Obiudo said NAN reports that in a highly explosive bout Iheanyi Agoha Sagon Junior defeated Nani Young Van Dan Chima by a split decision to emerge champion of OFU3 Streetfight for 2022 In another entertaining bout that kept the teeming spectators spellbound Victor Dooga aka Benue Boy defeated Geoffrey John aka Skull Cobra by unanimous decision There were three other thrilling bouts that saw six young kick boxers engage themselves in demonstration fights that also thrilled spectators Iheanyi Sagon Junior Agoha told NAN that he was very happy to defeat his opponent and that he worked very hard to achieve his set objectives He said that he is very confident about the future as his dreams are to attain international stardom someday It s a great day for me I thank the organisers for giving me the platform to express myself in my chosen career I look forward to many more fights because I determined to do even better if given many more opportunities like this one he said NAN reports that all roads lead to the Oriental Hotel in Lagos for the next OFU 4 Democracy fight night which is coming up on June 10 NAN
    OFU MMA will develop youths to international stardom – Organisers
    General news5 months ago

    OFU MMA will develop youths to international stardom – Organisers

    One Fight Ultimate (OFU3), a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Streetfight event, themed “AJ City Rumble”, will go down in history as an event that seeks to develop youths at the grassroots.

    The event, held at the Navy Barracks in Ajegunle, Lagos, to commemorate the workers day (May 1) had fighters bringing their best to bear to the delight of the crowd that gathered to watch.

    Chief Ife Obiudo, the CEO, OFU, told the News Agency of Nigeria that it gives him pleasure to see young promising fighters in MMA attain great heights in the sport.

    He said he is very passionate about the sport because its international status where in the US, Asia and Europe, it’s embraced to be a sport to reckon with.

    He also said that with great potentials in Nigeria, he feels it is important to develop and nurture young talents and invest in them to greater heights.

    “We have great fighters in Nigeria and the earlier we discover them and help them the better for the youths to make their mark in the international circuit.

    “MMA has come to stay and that is why at OFU entertainment, we are motivated to invest heavily in the development of our youths for them to aspire to be greater fighters,” Obiudo said.

    He added that the choice of Ajegunle is not a mistake because that is the community that has produced Nigeria’s legendary sports stars in football, athletics, boxing and others over the years.

    “The OFU 2022 calendar is already packed with spell-bidding events as we would be organizing another major event on June 10 to celebrate Nigeria’s democracy day.

    “On that premise, I am calling on other corporate entities in Nigeria to join hands with me so that we can continue to engage the youths through sports, because the occasion provides a golden opportunity where the youths and the old make a living by fitting into the various callings related to their field of expertise,” Obiudo said.

    NAN reports that in a highly-explosive bout, Iheanyi Agoha ‘Sagon Junior’ defeated Nani ‘Young Van Dan’ Chima by a split decision to emerge champion of OFU3 Streetfight for 2022.

    In another entertaining bout that kept the teeming spectators spellbound, Victor Dooga, aka Benue Boy, defeated Geoffrey John, aka Skull Cobra, by unanimous decision.

    There were three other thrilling bouts that saw six young kick-boxers engage themselves in demonstration fights that also thrilled spectators.

    Iheanyi ‘Sagon Junior’ Agoha told NAN that he was very happy to defeat his opponent and that he worked very hard to achieve his set objectives.

    He said that he is very confident about the future as his dreams are to attain international stardom someday.

    “It’s a great day for me, I thank the organisers for giving me the platform to express myself in my chosen career.

    “I look forward to many more fights because I determined to do even better if given many more opportunities like this one,” he said.

    NAN reports that all roads lead to the Oriental Hotel in Lagos for the next OFU 4 Democracy fight night which is coming up on June 10.

    (NAN)

  •   By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
      By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
    General news1 year ago

    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts (MMA) in Nigeria.

    The Nigerian-American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare.

    “I'm so happy to be back home, we're looking to put something in place, something new, refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited.

    “We want to move this country forward, move it to a better place, we know there is a lot of frustration in the country, so we want to change that.

    “Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place, to physically create centers where young people can participate (in MMA) and possibly change their lives, which in turn will trigger the change to affect people. lives all over the world, ”he said. mentionned.

    The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots, having left Nigeria's shores for the United States when he was just eight years old.

    MMA champion Auchi, 34, born in Edo, said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map.

    Earlier, Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador.

    He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well.

    “Your story is well told, you represent the Nigerian spirit; that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task.

    “For me, I can't say it enough; countries need to build on their strength, not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher, ”Dare said.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Usman was born on May 11, 1987. He is a professional Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk-style wrestler.

    He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion.

    Kamaru, who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights, has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •  Aero Contractors on Tuesday said Mohammed Atiku Abubakar son of the former Vice President wore a protective face mask and had limited contact with other passengers and crew throughout his flight to Lagos The Chief Operating Officer of the Airline Capt Ado Sanusi made this clarification on Wednesday in Lagos The Nigeria News Agency reports that the former vice president had on Sunday announced that his tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus on his return from an international trip Also Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who had contact with Atiku s son while on board as they both shook hands and exchanged pleasantries had gone into self isolation Sanusi said in the statement that the Bauchi State Governor was one of the Aero s esteemed customers mentioned that had contact with Atiku s son The airline chief said that the airline was cooperating with relevant authorities toward taking necessary precautionary measures with other passengers on the mentioned flight Sanusi said the airline wish to state that since the past three weeks the management of the Murtala Mohammed Airport MMA2 Lagos had adopted some strict measures The measures is to check every passenger that is processed from the terminal These include the use of sanitiser and temperature checks and anyone whose temperature rises above safe level is referred to the Port Health Authority On our own we have also adopted safe measures to protect our passengers We disinfect our aircraft before and after every flight We also ensure that our customers are given hand sanitiser prior to boarding and check their temperature These steps are measures we have taken in accordance with the international standards he said Sanusi therefore assured the travelling public and its esteemed customers that it would continue to take every measure to ensure that all its aircraft were safe from the Covid 19 pandemic He said that the airline would always protect every passenger that flies with them from any kind of exposure to this dangerous virus Edited By Remi Koleoso Edited by Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19: Atiku’s son wore protective face mask, has limited contact-  Aero
     Aero Contractors on Tuesday said Mohammed Atiku Abubakar son of the former Vice President wore a protective face mask and had limited contact with other passengers and crew throughout his flight to Lagos The Chief Operating Officer of the Airline Capt Ado Sanusi made this clarification on Wednesday in Lagos The Nigeria News Agency reports that the former vice president had on Sunday announced that his tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus on his return from an international trip Also Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who had contact with Atiku s son while on board as they both shook hands and exchanged pleasantries had gone into self isolation Sanusi said in the statement that the Bauchi State Governor was one of the Aero s esteemed customers mentioned that had contact with Atiku s son The airline chief said that the airline was cooperating with relevant authorities toward taking necessary precautionary measures with other passengers on the mentioned flight Sanusi said the airline wish to state that since the past three weeks the management of the Murtala Mohammed Airport MMA2 Lagos had adopted some strict measures The measures is to check every passenger that is processed from the terminal These include the use of sanitiser and temperature checks and anyone whose temperature rises above safe level is referred to the Port Health Authority On our own we have also adopted safe measures to protect our passengers We disinfect our aircraft before and after every flight We also ensure that our customers are given hand sanitiser prior to boarding and check their temperature These steps are measures we have taken in accordance with the international standards he said Sanusi therefore assured the travelling public and its esteemed customers that it would continue to take every measure to ensure that all its aircraft were safe from the Covid 19 pandemic He said that the airline would always protect every passenger that flies with them from any kind of exposure to this dangerous virus Edited By Remi Koleoso Edited by Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19: Atiku’s son wore protective face mask, has limited contact-  Aero
    Metro3 years ago

    COVID-19: Atiku’s son wore protective face mask, has limited contact-  Aero

    Aero Contractors on Tuesday said Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, son of the former Vice President, wore a protective face mask and had limited contact with other passengers and crew throughout his flight to Lagos.

    The Chief Operating Officer of the Airline, Capt. Ado Sanusi, made this clarification on Wednesday in Lagos.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the former vice president had on Sunday announced that his tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus on his return from an international trip.

    Also, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, who had contact with Atiku’s son, while on board as they both shook hands and exchanged pleasantries, had gone into self-isolation.

    Sanusi said in the statement that the Bauchi State Governor was one of the Aero’s esteemed customers  mentioned that had contact with Atiku’s son.

    The airline chief said that the airline was cooperating with relevant authorities toward taking necessary precautionary measures with other passengers on the mentioned flight.

    Sanusi said the airline wish to state that since the past three weeks, the management of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, (MMA2) Lagos, had adopted some strict measures.

    “The measures is to check every passenger that is processed from the terminal.

    “These include: the use of sanitiser and temperature checks, and anyone whose temperature rises above safe level is referred to the Port Health Authority.

    “On our own, we have also adopted safe measures to protect our passengers. We disinfect our aircraft before and after every flight.

    “We also ensure that our customers are given hand sanitiser prior to boarding and check their temperature.

    “These steps are measures we have taken in accordance with the international standards,” he said.

    Sanusi, therefore, assured the travelling public and its esteemed customers that it would continue to take every measure to ensure that all its aircraft were safe from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    He said that the airline would always protect every passenger that flies with them from any kind of exposure to this dangerous virus.


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
    (NAN)

  •  The Bi Courtney Aviation Services Limited BASL has advised travellers to be safety conscious particularly in the area of personal and respiratory hygiene Mr Ayotunde Osowe of the Corporate Communications Department BASL operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two MMA2 gave the advice on Wednesday in Lagos Osowe said in a statement that the warning became imperative following the spread of the novel Coronavirus currently ravaging many nations of the world He advised members of the public to regularly observe healthy respiratory hygiene and regular washing of hands with alcohol based rub The Bi Courtney official urged them to also maintain social distance to avoid contact with liquid droplets from anyone coughing or sneezing He said that hygienic ways remain the most effective strategy to fight the scourge which had rendered several businesses around the world incapacitated Osowe said that BASL officials had been strategically positioned to carry out necessary checks and other safety tips This is to assist other public health officials to track and report suspicious incidents It is being carried out in line with laid down instructions by regulatory agencies We urge passengers and other airport users to cooperate with the terminal officials he said Similarly BASL Safety Manager Mr Charles Aroguma said that there has been collaboration with officials of Port Health Division Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Aroguma said that the collaboration was to give necessary support and other intervention to ward off the dreaded disease The safety manager said that sanitisers had been deployed to various beats at the terminal where personnel usually have direct interface with the public Our men are fully on ground closely observing the turn of events We are ensuring that security personnel use hand gloves and other necessary preventive measures while screening passengers We also ensure personnel changes the hand gloves regularly We are optimistic of meaningful outlook Plans have also been concluded to deploy measurement device to take the temperature of all terminal users at the various entry points These measures are basic and we will upgrade our strategies if there is need to introduce any additional he said Aroguma said the company had partnered with Daraju Industries Limited makers of several consumer products to prevent COVID 19 and ensure sustainability of safe society Edited By Chinyere Bassey Olagoke OlatoyeSource
    COVID-19: Bi-Courtney advises airport users, travellers to be safety conscious
     The Bi Courtney Aviation Services Limited BASL has advised travellers to be safety conscious particularly in the area of personal and respiratory hygiene Mr Ayotunde Osowe of the Corporate Communications Department BASL operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two MMA2 gave the advice on Wednesday in Lagos Osowe said in a statement that the warning became imperative following the spread of the novel Coronavirus currently ravaging many nations of the world He advised members of the public to regularly observe healthy respiratory hygiene and regular washing of hands with alcohol based rub The Bi Courtney official urged them to also maintain social distance to avoid contact with liquid droplets from anyone coughing or sneezing He said that hygienic ways remain the most effective strategy to fight the scourge which had rendered several businesses around the world incapacitated Osowe said that BASL officials had been strategically positioned to carry out necessary checks and other safety tips This is to assist other public health officials to track and report suspicious incidents It is being carried out in line with laid down instructions by regulatory agencies We urge passengers and other airport users to cooperate with the terminal officials he said Similarly BASL Safety Manager Mr Charles Aroguma said that there has been collaboration with officials of Port Health Division Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Aroguma said that the collaboration was to give necessary support and other intervention to ward off the dreaded disease The safety manager said that sanitisers had been deployed to various beats at the terminal where personnel usually have direct interface with the public Our men are fully on ground closely observing the turn of events We are ensuring that security personnel use hand gloves and other necessary preventive measures while screening passengers We also ensure personnel changes the hand gloves regularly We are optimistic of meaningful outlook Plans have also been concluded to deploy measurement device to take the temperature of all terminal users at the various entry points These measures are basic and we will upgrade our strategies if there is need to introduce any additional he said Aroguma said the company had partnered with Daraju Industries Limited makers of several consumer products to prevent COVID 19 and ensure sustainability of safe society Edited By Chinyere Bassey Olagoke OlatoyeSource
    COVID-19: Bi-Courtney advises airport users, travellers to be safety conscious
    Metro3 years ago

    COVID-19: Bi-Courtney advises airport users, travellers to be safety conscious

    The Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) has advised travellers to be safety conscious, particularly in the area of personal and respiratory hygiene.

    Mr Ayotunde Osowe of the Corporate Communications Department, BASL, operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), gave the advice on Wednesday in Lagos.

    Osowe said in a statement that the warning became imperative following the spread of the novel Coronavirus currently ravaging many nations of the world.

    He advised members of the public to regularly observe healthy respiratory hygiene and regular washing of hands with alcohol-based rub.

    The Bi-Courtney official urged them to also maintain social distance to avoid contact with liquid droplets from anyone coughing or sneezing.

    He said that hygienic ways remain the most effective strategy to fight the scourge which had rendered several businesses around the world incapacitated.

    Osowe said that BASL officials had been strategically positioned to carry out necessary checks and other safety tips.

    “This is to assist other public health officials to track and report suspicious incidents.

    “It is being carried out in line with laid down instructions by regulatory agencies.

    “We urge passengers and other airport users to cooperate with the terminal officials,’’ he said.

    Similarly, BASL Safety Manager, Mr Charles Aroguma, said that there has been collaboration with officials of Port Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

    Aroguma said that the collaboration was to give necessary support and other intervention to ward-off the dreaded disease.

    The safety manager said that sanitisers had been deployed to various beats at the terminal where personnel usually have direct interface with the public.

    “Our men are fully on ground, closely observing the turn of events.

    “We are ensuring that security personnel use hand gloves and other necessary preventive measures while screening passengers.

    “We also ensure personnel changes the hand gloves regularly.We are optimistic of meaningful outlook.

    “Plans have also been concluded to deploy measurement device to take the temperature of all terminal users at the various entry points.

    “These measures are basic and we will upgrade our strategies if there is need to introduce any additional,” he said.

    Aroguma said the company had partnered with Daraju Industries Limited, makers of several consumer products to prevent COVID-19 and ensure sustainability of safe society.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Olagoke Olatoye

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  •  The Federal Government on Thursday announced that the two runways at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport MMIA in Lagos have now been calibrated for CAT III ILS and safe for international flights landing The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the announcement at a media briefing in Abuja said the Notice to Airmen NOTAP had been sent out to that effect He recalled that in recent times some international flights billed for the airport were being diverted to other airports within and outside the country due to adverse weather conditions at the airport The minister apologised to Nigerians and other travelers who had to endure inconveniences resulting from the diversion of their flights He however denied allegations by some commentators that the navigational equipment CAT III ILS was not bought or installed in the Lagos airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja Mohammed also said that the accusation of ineptitude against aviation officials was misplaced I will like to quickly take us through what caused the problem In its commitment to passenger safety and security the Federal Government has recently taken the decision to upgrade the navigational facilities at some major airports across the country Consequently the navigational aids at airports in Lagos Abuja Kano Port Harcourt Asaba etc were all marked for an upgrade from Category II Instrument Landing System CAT II ILS to top of the class CAT III ILS he said Mohammed said that in the first phase of the upgrade the CAT III ILS was procured and installed in Lagos and Abuja He said the government in addition procured a calibration aircraft instead of renting one each time for 500 000 dollars Both Abuja and Lagos airports were calibrated The CAT III ILS is working perfectly here in Abuja But after calibration some incorrect readings were noticed in the CAT III ILS at the MMA Just as it was about to be re calibrated the weather situation in Lagos changed for the worse hence the disruption of international flights into Lagos Some airlines opted to divert their flights to Kotoka International Airport in Accra Ghana which by the way does not even have a CAT III ILS but where the weather was not as adverse as that in Lagos Many travelers bound for Nigeria became stranded Again this is much regretted Of course the same flights could have been diverted to Abuja which has a perfectly functioning CAT III ILS and where flights to Lagos are regular But they instead chose to fly to Accra he said The minister however noted that when the CAT III ILS in Lagos ran into a hitch the CAT II ILS at the runway 18R international runway remained the only option He explained that with CAT II ILS pilots could only land their planes with a minimum visibility of 800 metres compared to zero visibility for CAT III ILS The weather phenomenon that reduced visibility at the International wing of the MMA is not unique to Nigeria While some flights were being diverted from the Lagos airport over 200 flights were either being diverted or cancelled at Heathrow in London he said Mohammed said that a number of airports around the world even in the advance world do not even have CAT III ILS This is because they feel that because adverse weather is only for a short period in a year they don t feel that the kind of huge cost that is required to acquire it is justified Even the Kotoka International Airport that most flights were diverted to does not have CAT III ILS he said Edited By Ese E Ekama
    Lagos Airport ready, safe for international flights landing – FG
     The Federal Government on Thursday announced that the two runways at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport MMIA in Lagos have now been calibrated for CAT III ILS and safe for international flights landing The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the announcement at a media briefing in Abuja said the Notice to Airmen NOTAP had been sent out to that effect He recalled that in recent times some international flights billed for the airport were being diverted to other airports within and outside the country due to adverse weather conditions at the airport The minister apologised to Nigerians and other travelers who had to endure inconveniences resulting from the diversion of their flights He however denied allegations by some commentators that the navigational equipment CAT III ILS was not bought or installed in the Lagos airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja Mohammed also said that the accusation of ineptitude against aviation officials was misplaced I will like to quickly take us through what caused the problem In its commitment to passenger safety and security the Federal Government has recently taken the decision to upgrade the navigational facilities at some major airports across the country Consequently the navigational aids at airports in Lagos Abuja Kano Port Harcourt Asaba etc were all marked for an upgrade from Category II Instrument Landing System CAT II ILS to top of the class CAT III ILS he said Mohammed said that in the first phase of the upgrade the CAT III ILS was procured and installed in Lagos and Abuja He said the government in addition procured a calibration aircraft instead of renting one each time for 500 000 dollars Both Abuja and Lagos airports were calibrated The CAT III ILS is working perfectly here in Abuja But after calibration some incorrect readings were noticed in the CAT III ILS at the MMA Just as it was about to be re calibrated the weather situation in Lagos changed for the worse hence the disruption of international flights into Lagos Some airlines opted to divert their flights to Kotoka International Airport in Accra Ghana which by the way does not even have a CAT III ILS but where the weather was not as adverse as that in Lagos Many travelers bound for Nigeria became stranded Again this is much regretted Of course the same flights could have been diverted to Abuja which has a perfectly functioning CAT III ILS and where flights to Lagos are regular But they instead chose to fly to Accra he said The minister however noted that when the CAT III ILS in Lagos ran into a hitch the CAT II ILS at the runway 18R international runway remained the only option He explained that with CAT II ILS pilots could only land their planes with a minimum visibility of 800 metres compared to zero visibility for CAT III ILS The weather phenomenon that reduced visibility at the International wing of the MMA is not unique to Nigeria While some flights were being diverted from the Lagos airport over 200 flights were either being diverted or cancelled at Heathrow in London he said Mohammed said that a number of airports around the world even in the advance world do not even have CAT III ILS This is because they feel that because adverse weather is only for a short period in a year they don t feel that the kind of huge cost that is required to acquire it is justified Even the Kotoka International Airport that most flights were diverted to does not have CAT III ILS he said Edited By Ese E Ekama
    Lagos Airport ready, safe for international flights landing – FG
    General news3 years ago

    Lagos Airport ready, safe for international flights landing – FG

    The Federal Government on Thursday announced that the two runways at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos have now been calibrated for CAT III ILS and safe for international flights landing.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the announcement at a media briefing in Abuja said the Notice to Airmen (NOTAP) had been sent out to that effect.

    He recalled that in recent times, some international flights billed for the airport were being diverted to other airports within and outside the country due to adverse weather conditions at the airport.

    The minister apologised to Nigerians and other travelers who had to endure inconveniences resulting from the diversion of their flights.

    He, however, denied allegations by some commentators that the navigational equipment CAT III ILS was not bought or installed in the Lagos airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

    Mohammed also said that the accusation of ineptitude against aviation officials was misplaced.

    “I will like to quickly take us through what caused the problem.

    “In its commitment to passenger safety and security, the Federal Government has recently taken the decision to upgrade the navigational facilities at some major airports across the country.

    “Consequently, the navigational aids at airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Asaba, etc. were all marked for an upgrade from Category II Instrument Landing System (CAT II ILS) to top-of-the-class CAT III ILS,” he said.

    Mohammed said that in the first phase of the upgrade, the CAT III ILS was procured and installed in Lagos and Abuja.

    He said the government, in addition procured a calibration aircraft instead of renting one each time for 500,000 dollars.

    “Both Abuja and Lagos airports were calibrated. The CAT III ILS is working perfectly here in Abuja.

    “But after calibration, some incorrect readings were noticed in the CAT III ILS at the MMA.’’

    Just as it was about to be re-calibrated, the weather situation in Lagos changed for the worse, hence the disruption of international flights into Lagos.

    “Some airlines opted to divert their flights to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, which, by the way does not even have a CAT III ILS but where the weather was not as adverse as that in Lagos.

    “Many travelers bound for Nigeria became stranded.

    “Again, this is much regretted. Of course, the same flights could have been diverted to Abuja, which has a perfectly-functioning CAT III ILS and where flights to Lagos are regular. But they instead chose to fly to Accra,” he said.

    The minister, however, noted that when the CAT III ILS in Lagos ran into a hitch, the CAT II ILS at the runway 18R (international runway) remained the only option.

    He explained that with CAT II ILS, pilots could only land their planes with a minimum visibility of 800 metres, compared to zero visibility for CAT III ILS.

    “The weather phenomenon that reduced visibility at the International wing of the MMA is not unique to Nigeria.

    “While some  flights were being diverted from the Lagos airport, over 200 flights were either being diverted or cancelled at Heathrow in London,” he said.

    Mohammed said that a number of airports around the world, even in the advance world, do not even have CAT III ILS.

    “This is because they feel that because adverse weather is only for a short period in a year, they don’t feel that the kind of huge cost that is required to acquire it is justified.

    “Even the Kotoka International Airport that most flights were diverted to does not have CAT III ILS,” he said.


    Edited By: Ese E. Ekama

     

     

  •   Operators of Air Peace Airline has said that a man in his 20s emerged from the bush along the runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport I MMAI and tried to gain access into its aircraft through the wheel well on Friday Mr Stanley Olisa the Corporate Communications Executive of the airline disclosed this in statement issued in Lagos He said that the incident happened at exactly 9 10 am at the Murtala Muhammed Airport I MMA I This morning Friday at exactly 9 10 am at the MMA I Lagos an Owerri bound Air Peace aircraft flight P47252 was taxing toward the threshold for take off when a man in his 20s emerged from the bush and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel well There was a private jet behind the aircraft The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man obviously in his 20s was trying to force his way into the aircraft The security wing of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN was alerted and the man was accosted and whisked away Olisa said He added that the man was already in the regulator s custody and had been interrogated on why he took the action Olisa quoted the man as saying that he thought the aircraft was heading for overseas The Air Peace official commended FAAN for its timely intervention saying that it was already investigating the incident Also Mrs Henrietta Yakubu the General Manager Corporate Affairs FAAN confirmed to the Nigeria News Agency on the phone that the man had been arrested and that investigation would be carried out on the incident Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Man arrested for attempting to gain access into aircraft  
      Operators of Air Peace Airline has said that a man in his 20s emerged from the bush along the runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport I MMAI and tried to gain access into its aircraft through the wheel well on Friday Mr Stanley Olisa the Corporate Communications Executive of the airline disclosed this in statement issued in Lagos He said that the incident happened at exactly 9 10 am at the Murtala Muhammed Airport I MMA I This morning Friday at exactly 9 10 am at the MMA I Lagos an Owerri bound Air Peace aircraft flight P47252 was taxing toward the threshold for take off when a man in his 20s emerged from the bush and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel well There was a private jet behind the aircraft The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man obviously in his 20s was trying to force his way into the aircraft The security wing of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN was alerted and the man was accosted and whisked away Olisa said He added that the man was already in the regulator s custody and had been interrogated on why he took the action Olisa quoted the man as saying that he thought the aircraft was heading for overseas The Air Peace official commended FAAN for its timely intervention saying that it was already investigating the incident Also Mrs Henrietta Yakubu the General Manager Corporate Affairs FAAN confirmed to the Nigeria News Agency on the phone that the man had been arrested and that investigation would be carried out on the incident Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Man arrested for attempting to gain access into aircraft  
    Metro3 years ago

    Man arrested for attempting to gain access into aircraft  

    Operators of Air Peace Airline has said that a man in his 20s emerged from the bush along the runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport I (MMAI) and tried to gain access into its aircraft through the wheel-well on Friday.

    Mr Stanley Olisa, the Corporate Communications Executive of the airline, disclosed this in statement issued in Lagos.

    He said that the incident happened at exactly 9.10 am. at the Murtala Muhammed Airport I (MMA I).

    “This morning (Friday), at exactly 9.10 am. at the MMA I, Lagos, an Owerri-bound Air Peace aircraft (flight P47252) was taxing toward the threshold for take-off when a man, in his 20s, emerged from the bush and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel-well.

    “There was a private jet behind the aircraft. The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man, obviously in his 20s, was trying to force his way into the aircraft.

    “The security wing of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was alerted and the man was accosted and whisked away,” Olisa said.

    He added that the man was already in the regulator’s custody and had been interrogated on why he took the action.

    Olisa quoted the man as saying that he thought the aircraft was heading for overseas.

    The Air Peace official commended FAAN for its timely intervention, saying that it was already investigating the incident.

    Also, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, confirmed to the Nigeria News Agency on the phone that the man had been arrested and that investigation would be carried out on the incident.

    Edited by: Olawunmi Ashafa and
    (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq