Panel Submits Report On Destruction Of BRT Buses On Ikorodu Rd

fasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday promised to act on the recommendations of the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry on the Road Traffic Accident, Arson and Vandalism on BRT buses at Palmgrove, along Ikorodu Road.

Mr Fashola, who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja explained that the report would still have to go through council deliberations and debates.

He stated that there is no Tribunal of Enquiry or Commission that the State Government has set up in the past whose report has not been developed into a White Paper report.

Fashola also stated that a White Paper on the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry would be issued which would communicate what government decisions on the recommendations are and the actions that would follow.

The Governor also stressed that the protection of life and property remains the principal duty for which governments exist and that whenever such unfortunate incidents occur, government must do everything to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Speaking earlier while presenting the report, which is in eight volumes, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, said the Tribunal has recommended an upgrading of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and further empower it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions in relation to transportation in Lagos State.

He added that the Governor of Lagos State should demand an apology from the Nigerian Army and that the Nigerian Army should on behalf of the 9th Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, apologize in writing to the people of Lagos State and that such apology should be published in at least two national newspapers in order to reduce the constant friction between the military and the bus operators.

 

Lagos Airport Transport Operators Protest

Lagos AirportAirport workers were on Thursday stranded along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport road as limousine and cab operators protested their displacement from the space they were allocated at the Lagos airport six months ago.

The cab and limousine operators said that they would not operate at the Lagos airport until officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), address issues bordering on their operations at the international terminal.

Meanwhile the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria has appealed to the taxi operators to exercise patience, insisting that this inconvenience is being experienced because of the remodelling project ongoing at the Lagos airport.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that once the remodelling exercise is complete, the taxi operators will have enough room.

US Begins Investigation Of Alleged Air Marshal Attack At Lagos Airport

SyringeThe United States has started investigation into the alleged attack of a federal air marshal by an unknown assailant at the Lagos airport on Monday night.

The General Manager, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that a team from the US Embassy had arrived at the airport to investigate the issue.

In a statement on Tuesday, Dati said the airport authorities had made available CCTV footage of the air marshal’s movement to the US investigators.

He, however, stated that the preliminary investigations showed that nothing of the sort occurred.

The statement read: “The attention of The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has been drawn to a story making the rounds that a US Marshall was assaulted at the Murtala Mohammed airport, Lagos.

“Following the report, a team from the US Embassy met with the airport Joint Security team, and at its request, viewed footage of the movement of the said marshal captured on our CCTV cameras.

“Preliminary observation from the CCTV footage did not show evidence of such occurrence. Relevant security agencies have since commenced investigation into the matter.

FAAN, in the statement, assured air travellers and the general public of its commitment to ensuring safety and security at Nigeria’s airports.

ABC News had reported on Tuesday, that the US air marshal was in quarantine in Houston following an attack on Monday night by an assailant, wielding a syringe, at the Lagos.

3 Killed As Robbers Invade Lagos International Airport

Despite the huge presence of diverse security operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, heavily armed robbers on Wednesday night invaded the international Wing of the airport, killed two police officers and made away with a huge sum of foreign currencies from some bureau-de-change.

The dare devil robbers, who reportedly arrived the airport some few minutes to 9pm, headed for the BDC operators centre near the car park of the airport for the daring attack.

Eyewitness accounts claim the armed robbers numbering over 10 started shooting sporadically into the air as soon as soon as they arrived at the international airport.

The robbers were said to have been engaged in an exchange of gunfire with police officers policemen in the airport for about 30 minutes. This led to the death of two of the police officers.

One of the robbers was also killed in the gun duel.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Yakubu Dati, confirmed the robbery.

He however said he could only confirm the death of one of the robbers, noting that the level of casualties was being ascertained.

“The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force. They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau de change operator near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident” he added.

The robbery has again revealed the porous security network of the nation’s major international airport as a similar robbery occurred in the airport recently.

Last year, robbers came to the airport and made away with millions of dollars from the same Bureau de Change.

MMIA’s new aviation terminal to be opened on Monday

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Odua, has announced that the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos will be opened on Monday.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

The Minister revealed this at the 6th meeting of the D-8 working group on civil aviation, where she also gave the assurance that all the nation’s airports that are undergoing renovations will soon be commissioned.

The federal government commenced the renovation of major airports to improve the obsolete structures and improve the airports to international standards.

Aviation experts from the group of eight developing countries comprising Nigeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan make up the D-8 working group and they met in Abuja on how to share resources and expertise in aviation safety, security and financing.

With a collective population of the D-8 placed at one billion, a strong partnership amongst the group members is expected to open up opportunities for investment and improve service delivery in the aviation sectors of these countries.

Some of the experts suggested that privatization of the airports in Nigeria will be the key to a viable sector

The Minister observed that only five per cent of Nigerians travel by air and just about one-third of cities in the country are serviced by airlines.

But it is not clear as to how this will work bearing in mind the face-off between the federal government and the Bi-Courtney group who sued the government for breach of agreement in the concessioning of the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 by planning to re-open the General Aviation Terminal.

FAAN on passengers’ safety  

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to ensure the safety, security and comfort of all airline passengers, the head of communications and public affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria [FAAN], Mr Yakubu Dati, has also confirmed that the remodeling and reconstruction work going on in some of the nation’s airports will be completed by December, 2012

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, Mr Yakubu said the federal government is determined to ensure that the inconveniences being experienced by passengers patronizing the airports are quickly brought to an end in order to attract increased patronage.

He added that new security measures have also been put in place by the Ministry of Aviation to guarantee the security of all passengers.