We just renewed airworthiness certificate of aircraft involved on Lagos-Enugu flight incident — Air Peace

By Adekunle Williams and Solomon Asowata
Lagos, Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) Air Peace on Monday said it recently renewed the Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) of its aircraft involved on the Dec. 14 Lagos-Enugu flight incident.




By Adekunle Williams and Solomon Asowata
Lagos, Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) Air Peace on Monday said it recently renewed the Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) of its aircraft involved on the Dec. 14 Lagos-Enugu flight incident.

A statement issued by the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah on Monday, said the aircraft had also recently undergone its mandatory C-checks abroad.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the aircraft experienced a change in cabin pressure en-route to Enugu from Lagos which resulted in panic by some of the passengers.

However, Iwarah dismissed reports alleging that the aircraft almost crashed, describing the claims as an unfortunate misrepresentation of facts.

He said the airline’s flight crew had to do the normal technical maneuver by descending to a level comfortable enough for passengers on board.

“On Dec. 14, our Lagos-Enugu flight experienced a change in cabin pressure. When there is a change in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will automatically drop from the panel for use by passengers on board the aircraft.

“During safety briefings, passengers are advised to pull on the masks to trigger the flow of oxygen.

“The flow of oxygen is expected to last about 12 minutes within which the flight crew would descend to a comfortable altitude (usually below 10000 feet above sea level).

“Change in cabin pressure is a common occurrence in aviation across the world, including the UK and America. Once there was a change in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks on the aircraft automatically drops.

“And in line with standard safety procedure, our flight crew performed a technical maneuver by descending to a level comfortable enough for passengers on board.

“We, however, observed cases of some passengers who did not properly fit their oxygen masks. A few others perhaps out of panic, pulled too hard on the oxygen masks, causing the equipment to snap.’’

Iwarah said this led to the unfortunate claims that there was no flow of oxygen from the masks.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the oxygen generators are part of the items of interest during C-checks. So, it could not have been right that there was no flow of oxygen.

“While it is quite expected and understandable that passengers would panic on occurrence of incidents such as a change in cabin pressure, the claims of a near-crash were a regrettable misrepresentation of facts which really should not be.

“The aircraft was ferried from Enugu back to Lagos in less than an hour of safely landing at destination. Certainly, no crew would fly an aircraft that is not airworthy.

“The aircraft involved in the incident had its certificate of airworthiness renewed on Dec. 10.

“The aircraft also went for its mandatory comprehensive maintenance checks (C-checks) abroad and got its certificate of release to service (CRS) in September 2017,’’ he added.

According to Iwarah, C-checks are usually done on aircraft every 18 months and at the end of the checks, a CRS is issued as evidence of the maintenance done.

“In line with our strict maintenance and safety standards, we retain the services of BCT Aviation of the United Kingdom for our routine maintenance programme on ground our base in Lagos 24 hours of the day throughout the year.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused our loyal customers as a result of the incident and wish to reassure them that we place huge premium on the lives of our esteemed guests and crew.

“We will never do anything to put them in harm’s way. We have had four years of accident-free flight operations and we are very determined to sustain our reputation and record.

“We thank members of the public for their generous show of love and trust in us to continue to deliver exceptional, safe and comfortable flight services to them,” he said. (NNN)


Edited by Ese E. Ekama



Court dissolves 3-yr-old marriage over father-in-law’s interference



A Customary Court, sitting in Ile-Tuntun, Oyo State, on Tuesday dissolved a three-year-old union between Ibukun Amuson and estranged husband, Babatunde,  over interference by her father in-law in the marriage.

Ibukun, a conservationist, a fortnight ago petitioned the court, seeking divorce on grounds that her  father-in-law has ”poisoned”  her husband’s mind to abandon her.

Delivering  judgment, Chief Henry Agbaje, the President held that the court dissolved the marriage in the interest of peace.

He advised both parties to avoid any act that could bring about confrontation with each other.

Earlier, Ibukun who lived in Apata area in Ibadan said that her father in-law contributed to her marriage crashing.

“Before Babatunde and I got married, I got a good job in Lagos and we agreed that I will continue working.

“However, after the wedding, he told me to abandon the job and be a stay at home wife.

”I disagreed with him and convinced him to allow me to work. But each time he visits his parents, they change his mind against me.

“My husband changed the locks on me. When I called him, he informed me that his father advised him to do so.

“His parents also ignored all calls to settle the matter,” Blessing explained.

The respondent gave his consent to the suit and stated his reasons for pulling out of the matrimony.

Babatunde’s father, Johnson had in the first hearing in the matter testified on behalf of his son because he was not in court.

“My lord, I never told my son to lock her out. We could not cope with her attitude.

”She refused to get pregnant until she finishes her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

“In our own belief, married couple must live together. Her mother kept supporting her.

“Again, she was never dressed like a married woman because she keeps wearing provocative dresses around,” he said.

Also in her testimony, Amuson’s mother, said that Babatunde’s father should have allowed the couple to work out their disagreements and not meddled in their affairs.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Improve supply chain in agriculture sector to curb inflation, Economist urges FG



An economist, Dr Bright Eregha, has urged the Federal Government to improve the supply chain in the agricultural sector in order to boost food production and curb inflation.

Eregha, a lecturer in Department of Economics, Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos State, made the appeal in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.

The economist said that improving the various supply chain in the agriculture sector was imperative to attain food security.

“ The aspect of logistics in the agriculture sector should be better organized in order to better convey farm produce in real time.

“The roads and transportation sector ought to be improved upon in order to connect the farm areas to the urban market,” he told NAN.

According to him, since the country’s economy is an import driven one, the demand for dollars is triggering rise in inflation rate.

He said that the prolonged border closure was one of the factors responsible for surge in inflation at the expense of low productivity.

“ The optimum productive capacity of the country’s economy is inadequate to meet the huge demand of basic essentials caused by the border closure.

“ The action led to the high cost of commodities, and the health pandemic exacerbated the situations,” the don said.

Eregha said that flooding in some parts of the country, particularly in the Northern region, which followed torrential rains destroyed many farm produce and thereby spiked inflation rate.

NAN reports that Nigeria’s inflation has recorded seven months (from February to August) rise to 13.22 per cent in August, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) Report for August 2020.

Similarly, in August 2020, food inflation increased by 0.52 per cent to 16 per cent from15.48 per cent in July 2020.

This was due to a rise in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fish, fruits, oils and fats and vegetables.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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Air Peace increases daily flights to Enugu



The management of Air Peace has announced an increase in the number of flights from Lagos to Enugu, with effect from Sept. 22.

This is contained in a statement in Lagos by Mr Stanley Olisa, External Relations Officer, Air Peace on Tuesday.

He assured Enugu passengers of seamless flights.

“As we commence a daily second Los-Enugu-Los in the afternoon. Passengers can now leave Lagos for Enugu in the morning and still come back to Lagos in the evening, same day with Air Peace.

“While this is going on, we are almost finished with plans to reintroduce our night stop and early morning flights in and out of Enugu to Lagos daily.

“We thank our teeming customers for their unflinching loyalty to the Air Peace brand,” he said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Ali baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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Group appeals to NASS on passage of virtual court proceedings bill



Cleen Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has appealed to the National Assembly to pass the bill on Virtual Court Proceeding in order to fast track and strengthen the Administration of the Criminal Justice System.

Mr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the foundation said this on Tuesday at the sixth Virtual National Working Group Meeting on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Criminal Justice System in Nigeria.

Olugbuo said that in response to the current global pandemic, virtual court proceedings had become paramount for speedy and effective administration of justice.

“The focus of this meeting is centred on gaining broader and useful insights on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

“Also for effective strategising for the implementation of the ACJA with a basis for promoting anti-corruption through adapting contemporary technology based litigation.

“Courts around the world are now adapting to finding remote or alternatives to traditional court hearings to ensure ongoing access to justice.

“Courts in China are in the front line and are encouraging digitisation to streamline case-handling within sprawling court system using cyberspace and technologies like blockchain and cloud computing,’’ he said.

Olugbuo said that millions of legal cases were now being decided by internet courts that do not require citizens to appear in court.

He said that the use of technology in the administration of justice was now an inevitable trend as the current pandemic significantly pushed for the digitalisation.

He appealed to the Senate to hasten the process of constitutionalising virtual court sittings in the country.

“The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria presently has before it a bill to amend the Constitution to make virtual court proceedings constitutional.

“One could argue that virtual court proceedings are constitutional so far as it is not contrary to the provisions of Section 36(3) and (4) of the constitution.

“However an amendment is needed for those provisions in the constitution in order to remove all ambiguities relating to this novelty and for clarity,’’ he said.

Olugbuo said that while it awaits NASS conclusion on the bill, Lagos and Ekiti States has filed separate actions invoking the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to interpret the constitutionality of virtual proceedings in courts.

According to him, the Supreme Court verdict affirmed that conducting virtual proceedings in courts in Nigeria was not unconstitutional owning that justice delayed was justice denied.

He also said that a committee has been set up by the National Judicial Council headed by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Justice of the Supreme Court, on guidelines and measures to enable safe court sittings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He urged the courts and counsel to insist on the remote and alternative hearings for court matters that do not require any evidence.

He also said that all judgments, rulings and directions may be delivered and handed down by the courts in and through remote court sittings.

He urged Civil Society Organisations, stakeholders and government agencies not to relent in seeking effective justice delivery within the criminal justice sector.

Olugbuo urged all critical stakeholders to be prepared for the speedy, inexpensive and efficient evolution within the justice system.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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