Buhari To Inaugurate New International Terminal At Port Harcourt Airport Today

A combination picture of the new terminal

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to inaugurate the new international terminal at the Port Harcourt International Airport today.

The project is one of four built with a $500 million loan taken from China in 2013. Nigeria provided $100 million as counterpart funding for the projects.

The projects were expected to be delivered in 18 months but the new terminal is being commisioned five years after.

See photos of the terminal below:

FG Evacuates 136 More Nigerians From Libya

Nigerians arriving Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

 

Another batch of 136 Nigerians stranded in Libya on Tuesday arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The aircraft conveying the returnees touched down at the airport 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. They were received by  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other agencies on behalf of the Federal Government.

The returnees include 86 males, 50 females and eight children. They were conveyed by Medview Air, one of the airlines engaged by the Federal Government to evacuate the stranded Nigerians back home from the North African country.

They were thereafter transported to the reception centre for profiling and refreshment.

Some of the returnees who appeared sick were also attended to by medical officials. One of the returnees who was taken out on a stretcher was moved to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

Mr Eric Ebhodaghe, a Chief administration officer of NEMA who received the returnees on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA called on state government to expedite action in transporting their indigenes home from the reception centre for proper rehabilitation and integration in their various communities.

On Friday, February 2, 465 Nigerians were evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government. The returnees arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport at about 12:25 a.m. on board Max Air.

More batches of the returnees are, however, expected to make the evacuation window as the Government looks to meet the over 5,300 target of Nigerian returnees.

FEC Approves Eight Universities, Port Harcourt Airport Renovation

FEC, Federal Executive Council, Universities, AirportThe Federal Executive Council has approved the establishment of eight new universities in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the council meeting.

The meeting took place on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Anwuka enumerated the universities to include:

  •  Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
  •  Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River to run by the Clitter House Nigeria Limited.
  •  Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia to also be run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  •  Coal City University, Enugu owned by the African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu.
  •  Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara to be run by the Modern Morgy and Sons Limited.
  •  Dominican University, Ibadan owned by the Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community.
  •  Kola Daisi University, Ibadan owned by Kola Daisi Foundation.
  • Legacy University, Okija to be run by the Good Idea Education Foundation.

In a related development, the Council also approved the completion of the renovation work at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stressed the importance of the airport to national economy.

He added that the meeting resolved that the airport cannot be allowed to remain in its poor condition.

Terror War: Police Deploy Sniffer-Dogs To Nigerian Airports

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs to the Airports in Nigeria.

This, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, is in line with international best practice.

The statement also stated that the directive was made in line with the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructures, reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the airports and generally bolster the war against terror.

At the official flag off ceremony which took place on Thursday, February 20 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael, stated that the sniffer-dogs would, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest.

He charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the airports.

The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that was necessary to provide them with optimum security.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Others are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Jos Airport, as well as Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

This development is in line with the IGP’s New Year message to Nigerians, in which he promised more proactive and extensive security measures to avert any threats or potentially dangerous situations from arising or entering into the country.

House lauds Amaechi’s security policies in Rivers state

The House of Representatives Committee on Down Stream Sector has commended the Rivers state governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for promoting the security of oil firms, lives and property in the state.

Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Downstream Sector, Hon. Dakuku Peterside made this commendation when he led a delegation of the committee on a courtesy visit to Government House in Port Harcourt.

Hon Peterside acknowledged that companies in rivers state have testified to the resilience by the Amaechi administration to restore and maintain peace in the state.

However, he expressed dismay over the continued vandalization of pipelines and said the committee is taking concrete steps to eradicate the menace as well as ensure that the petroleum downstream sector achieve its desired objective to improve the nation’s economy.

Hon Peterside, who was accompanied by members of the committee, told Governor Amaechi that “one of the problems the committee has identified is the vandalization of pipelines which is the reason the refinery has shut down for three months which has greatly affected the economy of the nation”.

Amaechi, who lauded the committee for the visit, urged them to seek ways of addressing the problem of bunkering on the nation’s waterways.

He used the occasion to call for the prosecution of all those involved in the oil subsidy probe, noting that “subsidy must be removed to enable leaders work within the provisions of the nation’s budget”.

He further said that “if the nation’s funds are properly managed, there would be economic growth which in turn will create employment opportunities and eliminate the tendency of pipeline vandalism”.

The committee was in the state as part of its oversight function on some key sectors of the petroleum downstream economy, including the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the annual budget.

Meanwhile, Governor Amaechi has urged the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation to prevail on the federal government to speedily complete the ongoing reconstruction work at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The governor made the call Tuesday when members of the committee visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said “we congratulate the Ministry of Aviation for the innovation of repairing the airport; we pray that it should be completed. The Rivers state government will be glad to work with you for the success of your oversight function,”

Chairperson of the committee, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha said the committee was in the state to inspect some capital projects especially the Port Harcourt International Airport and commended the governor for his laudable achievements.