OSUN SIGNS AGREEMENT TO CONCESSION NEW AIRPORT TO TURKISH FIRM FOR 30 YEARS

The State Government of Osun on Thursday signed a concession agreement with All Works of Life (AWOL) International Limited for the completion of the MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun. The signing of the concession agreement which is to annex the infrastructural development of the state was held at the State secretariat, Abere. AWOL International Limited in partnership with a Turkish company, Biray Group are expected to complete the project within the span of 8 months. The Chief Executive Officer, AWOL International Limited, Amb. Nurudeen Ogunlade, said the agreement is of…

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NASS MEMBERS DECLARE ENUGU AIRPORT UNSAFE

The Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Aviation on Thursday expressed worry over the deplorable facilities of some airports in the country and declared the Akanu Ibiam Airport unsafe. Sen. Muhammad Adamu (APC), representing Kebbi Central, expressed displeasure during a tour of the facility of the Port Harcourt International Airport. Adamu said that the Senate had between 2015 and 2017 appropriated funds for completion of the remodelling of airports across the country. In a report on the state of the Enugu Airport, Adamu said the situation was worrisome and…

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NO TRANSPARENCY IN AIRPORTS CONCESSIONING SAYS STAKEHOLDERS

Stakeholders in the aviation sector yesterday told the National Assembly that there was no transparency in the Federal Government moves to concession four of the country’s airports. Daily Trust reports that government recently announced the concession of Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt international airports. The stakeholders comprising Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and others spoke during a joint meeting of Senate and House of Representatives on the airports concession. They urged the…

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NASS INVITES MINISTER, AVIATION UNIONS OVER AIRPORT CONCESSIONING

National Assembly •Reps to probe alleged N5b tax evasion by telecoms firms The National Assembly yesterday invited the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika and workers’ unions in the industry over plan by the Federal Government to concession the nation’s airports. The meeting, at the behest of the joint aviation committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, followed workers’ disagreement with the planned exercise. The parley, slated for tomorrow, is to broker peace among the parties. The workers, under the aegis of Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association…

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CONTROVERSY TRAILS CONCESSION OF LAGOS, ABUJA, KANO AND PORT HARCOURT AIRPORTS

By Louis Ibah “We will resist the plan by the Federal Government to concession the international airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Abuja because the whole exercise is a fraud and inimical to the interest of Nigeria and its citizens,” said the Secretary General of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Mr. Olayinka Abioye at a press conference held in Lagos last week to demand that the government halt the concession exercise. “And if the government feels it has the private sector experts that can manage or…

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DUBAI LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST SELF FLYING TAXI, SEE PIX

The self-flying taxi launched in Dubai on Monday The world’s first self-flying taxi was launched at the Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai, United Arab  Emirates today. The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai was the brainchild of  Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA). According to Dubai Media Office, the two-seater AAT, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer of automated air vehicles. The AAT, expected to be put into use in the fourth quarter, is powered by electricity…

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NIGERIA HAS NO MONEY TO FUND 22 FEDERAL AIRPORTS SAYS SIRIKA

  Seun Opejobi Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said the Federal Government has no money to fund the 22 airports across the country. Sirika insisted that government will not change its mind on the concession of airports in the country. He made the disclosure while addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. Sirika said, “The money is not there. We intend to get private sector to come and put in their money. “Murtala Muhammed airport was built to cater for 200,000 people per…

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BI-COURTNEY DENIES CONNIVING WITH OSINBAJO ON CONCESSION OF AIRPORTS

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), yesterday rejected the accusation allegedly made by the protesting airport workers that the company was preparing to take over the airports being proposed for concession in collaboration with Vice- President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo without following due process. BASL described the accusation as provocative, unwarranted and selfish even as it stressed that the MMA2 operator has demonstrated in the last 10 years of its management of MMA2 that it has the capability to manage the other airports…

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QATAR AIRWAYS HAS LAUNCHED FIRST EVER DOUBLE BED IN BUSINESS CLASS, SEE PICS

Qatar Airways has launched the first-ever double bed within business class. The Qsuite allows passengers to recline two middle seats into a fully flat bed and features partition panels to create a private bedroom with two entertainment screens inside. This new initiative marks a world-first for the industry and looks to set a precedent for rival carriers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4901664/Qatar-Airways-launches-double-beds-business-class.html

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EVEN AS WORKERS PROTEST, FG APPROVES CONCESSION OF TWO MORE AIRPORTS

Ifeanyi Onuba, Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi and Success Nwogu The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had approved the concession of Kano and Port Harcourt airports, as well as transaction advisers for the process. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while speaking on the certification of Nigerian airports at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. On September 11, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Executive Council had approved the concession of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. Osinbajo did not mention the Kano…

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