FAAN Suspends Security Officer Over Alleged Theft

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended an aviation security officer, identified as Jennifer Luka, over alleged theft.

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu.

An investigation has since been launched into the incident.

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“Following a report of theft involving an aviation security officer, Jennifer Luka at the Yola International Airport, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has suspended indefinitely the officer involved, pending the completion of an investigation into the case.

“The Authority has consequently handed over the erring officer to the appropriate security agency for further questioning and prosecution,” the statement read in part.

The agency said it regrets this unfortunate incident and the conduct of Jennifer, “which does not reflect the values of the Authority and its staff.”

They, therefore, re-assured the general public that Nigeria airports remain safe and secure for travellers and other airport users.

FAAN To End Touting At Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has commenced the process of ending touting and other vices at airports across the country.

The Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, at FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, explained that it is part of efforts to implement the executive order signed by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Osinbajo had ordered that touting by official or unofficial persons be brought to an end at all the ports of entry to the country and that all duty staff must be properly identified by uniform and official cards.

He also instructed that all off duty staff must stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head.

The agency stressed that there must be full compliance, as the necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure a successful implementation of the order.

Rural Electrification Agency Gets New Board, Executive Management

Rural Electrification Agency Gets New Board, Executive Management
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of a new Board and Executive Management for Rural Electrification Agency.

According to a statement by the Director (Press) at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, the Board is now chaired by Mr Umaru Maza Maza, while Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi is the Managing Director.

Dr. Sanusi Ohiare was appointed as the Executive Director (Rural Electrification), Muhammad Wasaram as Executive Director (Technical Services), Yewande Odia as Executive Director (Corporate Services), while Alozie Mac and Rotimi Thomas were appointed as non-Executive Directors.

The statement further revealed that the President has since confirmed the appointments of some new heads of agencies in the aviation sector.

They include: Mr Saleh Dunoma as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Captain Mukhtar Usman as the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Captain Fola Akinkotu as the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The statement said the appointments take immediate effect.

Abuja Airport Runway Ready By April 17 – FAAN

It is not only a promise kept, but one that comes with a bonus; as the Abuja Airport runway project scheduled for completion on April 19, will be ready two days ahead of deadline.

This is according the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, who said the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s runway would be ready by Monday, April 17.

In a statement, the FAAN MD noted: “We are leaving the remaining two days for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). We have written to them and they will do the preliminary inspection. They have to certify the airport that what we have done is in accordance with their standards”.

Mr Dunoma also disclosed that the authority used the opportunity provided by the airport’s closure to address other airport excellence in safety (APEX) related items.

The Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika, had said that he would resign if the Airport was not opened by April 19, 2017.

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire IncidentThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has constituted a panel of inquiry to investigate the fire incident that occurred on Tuesday at its headquarters in Lagos.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, after he inspected affected areas alongside his management team.

The fire, which is said to have started from the Finance Department, crippled activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Mr Dunoma said the committee is to investigate the entire incident, with a view to evaluating the immediate and remote causes of the fire, determining the extent of damage, and making recommendations to forestall future recurrence.

While the committee is expected to turn in its reports within the next two weeks, the FAAN MD said the Police will also continue their investigation to unravel the cause of the incident.

Kaduna Airport Records 45 Flights Daily

Kaduna Airport Records 45 Flights DailyThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says the Kaduna International Airport now records at least 45 flights daily since the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The General Manager at the airport, Mrs Amina Salami, told Channels Television that the figure represents both domestic and international flights of scheduled and non-scheduled arrivals and departures into and from the airport.

The Abuja International Airport was shut down on March 8 for repair works to commence on its dilapidated runways.

While passenger confidence is slowly returning, the diversion of traffic to the Kaduna Airport, has posed some logistic challenges; to which passengers are still trying to adapt.

Some of them complained that they have to make cash payments for tickets as the ATM and POS systems are yet to be made available.

Addressing some of the complaints, Mrs Salama described the situation as a work in progress, as some banks have already brought in Automated Teller Machines which would soon be installed for use.

Plane Aborts Landing After Cattle Runway Obstruction

Cattle rustlingA fully loaded Air Peace Plane, narrowly escaped tragedy on Thursday, after noticing the runway had been invaded by a bunch of cattle, just as it was about to land at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.

A passenger aboard the flight, Mr Richard Akinnola, gave account of the incident, saying the pilot was forced to hover around the airport until the runway was cleared by the airport security.

The passengers, who initially thought the pilot deliberately aborted landing, applauded him after being told that a major disaster was averted.

The Port-Harcourt International Airport runway has once been invaded by cows while an approaching Air France plane was reported to have collided with some of the cows.

Anti-Grazing Bill

Herdmen have in recent times been warned to desist from public grazing of cattle, as it is observed to interfere with normal human activity.

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, had in August signed an Anti- Grazing bill into law in a bid to curtail the alleged inordinate activities of herdsmen.

Fayose-Aluko-PDPThe Governor described as “shameful” the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities, including the nation’s capital, Abuja

Governor Fayose also threatened to charge any cattle rearer found in the state carrying arms while grazing, with terrorism.

According to him, the state government is already working with local
government officials for the allocation of portions of land for grazing to all
local government authorities in the state, an initiative the government hopes will curtail the illegal grazing of cattle.

The Anti-Grazing Law also provides that any herdsman caught with firearms or other weapons during grazing activities would be charged with terrorism and their cattle confiscated.

Interior Minister Recommends Ways Of Stopping Attacks On Soft Targets

Bomb-blastThe Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau, has recommended an effective collaboration and information management strategy among security agents to reduce internal security threats in Nigeria to its barest minimum.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute of Security Studies, General Danbazau says the attack on soft targets such as markets, motor parks and public places has made the centrality of information management and inter agency synergy a necessity.

He urged officials of the various security agencies to establish and develop means of coordination that would be efficient and difficult for agents of mischief to penetrate.

“Primarily, it is my opinion that we must centralise information management and increase the level of collaboration between aspects of the Nigeria security infrastructure.

“Without a doubt, we are faced with the threat of terrorism and insurgency.

“The major characteristic of these threats to our national security, a major challenge to the intelligence services, is that these threats always come unexpectedly and are generally highly unpredictable,” he told the officials.

‎Participants at the course were drawn from various security agencies and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, asked the graduating students to be change agents in their various agencies.

“I urge you very strongly to sustain your learning in order to ensure effective and sustained application of your newly acquired knowledge in managing the menace of security and strategic challenges you will be confronted with in the years ahead. This is the only way to justify the huge investment the nation has made on you,” he told them.

The Executive Intelligence Management Course, which is the ninth in the series organised by the Institute of Security Service, attracted participants from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Custom Service, Nigerian Navy, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission‎ and the Department of State Services among others.

FG Will Not Lay Off Workers Due To Airports Concession – Sirika

planeNigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has declared that the Federal Government would not sit and allow people lose their jobs or kill businesses in the aviation industry all in the name of concessioning the airports.

This is just as he appealed to the unions not to use the concession agreement between Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) and the Federal Government to judge the planned concession of four major airports.

The Federal Government plans to concession airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano for effective service delivery, good turnover and management.

Sirika’s declaration is coming on the heels of the fears by the workers through the aviation unions that their members in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that they could lose their jobs if the Federal Government goes ahead to concession the four major airports.

He spoke in Lagos at the weekend when he met with two aviation unions – Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(FAAN) represented by its National President, Comrade Benjamin Okewu and the National Union Air Transport Employees(NUATE) represented by its former General Secretary, Comrade Abdulkareem Motajo.

Discussions at that meeting focused on the concession of airports which the unions had opposed.

“Contrary to beliefs that workers would be laid off when these airports are concessioned, there would be more activities.

“The Federal Government will not sit down and watch people who voted for change to lose their jobs or kill businesses instead of creating,” he stated, stressing that the aim of the concession is not to sell its assets.

Senator Sirika reiterated that he had brought out 26 things which he hoped to achieve during his tenure as the minister, highlighting that some of them are concession of airports, establishing a leasing company and setting up private sector driven MRO and national carrier.

He said that the position of the government in the planned concession was that the airports would be better than those in Singapore and Britain.

“In concessioning these airports, the government would carry aviation unions along and make the process transparent.”

According to Sirika, “concession will be done transparently and will never be in camera and everybody will be carried along”.

To further prove that the proposed concession will be transparent, the minister disclosed that a Project Delivery Team had been constituted, urging the unions to send representative to be in the team.

FAAN, he pointed out, would continue to own the airport, stressing that the concession is just for a period of time.

“I will always tell you the truth. Except I don’t understand the truth. That is why I have the unions here to tell me the truth,” he added.

FAAN Officials Avert Fire At MMA

MMA, Airport, Fire, FAANA quick response team of the Airport Fire and Rescue Services Department has averted a fire incident at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA) in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) made the incident public in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Dati.

FAAN says that the incident, which occurred at the E-Wing did not affect flight operations.

The agency apologised to all travellers and airport users for the inconveniences caused and assured them of their safety and security.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire emanated from the electrical control panel.

“Our engineers who have restored power at affected areas are working round the clock to restore normalcy.

“Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard nay-sayers who may want to exploit the situation to create unnecessary panic,” FAAN said.

The statement disclosed that the incident occurred on Thursday, July 28 at about 11:00pm.

FAAN Explains Flights Cancellation And Rescheduling

Flights CancellationThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has appealed to passengers to bear with the flights cancellation due to poor visibility in the last few days.

Over 100 local flights have either been cancelled or re-scheduled since Wednesday because of bad weather.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, several passengers have had to spend hours waiting for their boarding announcements long after they have been checked in at the airline counters.

The Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Dati Yakubu, said that the delays and flights cancellation is caused by the bad weather that comes with the harmattan season.

He pleaded for passengers understanding, adding that the decisions were necessary in the interest of the passengers.

While authorities believe the action is a safety measure to prevent crashes, some affected passengers, who spoke to Channels Television, insisted they should be compensated for their time.

However, some passengers agreed with the flights cancellation and delay since it is because of their safety.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted hazy weather conditions and poor visibility range of one to three kilometres on Wednesday.

The condition has continued to badly affect flying.



Aviation Ministry To Revert To Original Designs Of Abuja and Lagos Airports

Lagos AirportThe Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Ministry of Aviation to revert to the original designs for the new terminals at the Lagos and Abuja International Airports.

The committee gave the directive at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The Ministry of Aviation had altered the design of the new terminals of the airports as a result of insufficient land.

At the meeting, the Committee on Aviation also sought clarification on the $500million loan from the Chinese Exim Bank for the construction of terminals at four international airports and the $100million counterpart funding for the project.

Responding, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mr Abraham Nwankwo, said that the Ministry of Aviation had secured the counterpart loan of $100million and would start the repayment plan which would span seven years.

The American Transportation Safety Administration’s Attaché for Central and West Africa, Ms. Mcneir Loretta, had visited Nigeria on a three-day working visit in April.

Mcneir’s visit was a follow-up assessment to the aviation security audit that was carried out on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja in December 2013.

Mcneir, who is based in Senegal, commenced her programme with a courtesy call on the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka.

She also met with the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, before visiting the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Jamilla Shu’ara.