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Airline Operators Fault FG On Nigeria Air



The Core Investor, Ethiopia Airline does not have agenda to grow Nigeria. The agenda of Ethiopia over the years has been on aviation colonialism in Africa

Despite strong opposition by domestic airline operators and stakeholders in the Aviation sector having Ethiopian airlines as core investor for the proposed Air Nigeria, the Federal Government has made good its promise that the planned take off of Nigeria Air in December will come to pass

Domestic airline operators in Nigeria have been kicking against the project on the ground of making Ethiopian Airline major investor in the business.

But Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika , who spoke to newsmen after an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Aviation, in conjunction with the minister, heads of agencies in the Aviation sector and Domestic Airline operators, said there was no going back on the project that is scheduled to take off in December this year.

Srika said “Nigeria Air is a company that is registered and known to the laws of Nigeria which will become by God’s grace the much awaited airline.

“It is going to happen by the grace of God between now and December of this year. It will fly and also compete fairly with all of those existing airlines.

“The intent is not to kill any business. The intent is to help to promote all businesses to be able to provide the needed service and employ our people.

“This is the intent and the more the merrier. The more that you have people doing businesses, then the one that does it better take the advantage and they give more services and the people get served more better.

“If everyone of them is doing very well without any favouritism, then it means that the competition will be healthy and will bring down the price of tickets and increase the propensity to fly and make more people to fly and then make more money for the airlines and give more service to the country Nigeria.

“The idea is a very good one. Whether it will be established by the grace of God it will be established and it will be for the people,” he said.

In their submissions before the committee, the domestic airline operators said they are not against national carrier but against Ethiopian Airlines as major investor with 49 percent equity share.

The domestic airline operators who expressed their opposition to the plan through the President of Top Brass Aviation and former Managing Director of Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Roland Iyayi , said the project as conceived today , is inimical to domestic operators.

He said one of the domestic airlines supposed to have been used to drive the project as Ethiopian Airlines will within two years, run local operators out of market with highly favored incentive of 15 years tax holiday.

“Ethiopia does not have agenda to grow Nigeria. The agenda of Ethiopia over the years, has been on aviation colonialism in Africa.

“The national carrier or Nigeria Air project if well implemented, would be a good legacy but as it is presently conceived, it will end up to be legacy that will lead to demise of local Airlines,” he said.

Apparently disturbed by the the conflicting submissions from the minister and domestic airliners, the committee chaired by Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti South), resolved to have another session with them in two weeks time for way out of the contentious issues before take off of the Nigeria Air.

The national carrier as presently packaged, through Nigeria Air Limited, has equity shares control of 49 percent by Ethiopian Airlines, five percent by the federal government while the remaining 46 percent belongs to individual investors .

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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