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Civil flight operations to commence from Benue in December – FAAN

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The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume civil flight operations in Makurdi.

The signing took place on Monday in Makurdi.

The newsmen gathered that the civil flight operations route would be from Makurdi to Abuja to Lagos and Lagos to Abuja to Makurdi.

The FAAN Director of Legal, Dr Clifford Omozeghian, said that the civil aviation operations would serve as a catalyst of development in Benue.

He promised to deliver on the terms of the memorandum entered with them, adding that flight operations would resume in December.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Ishaku Amao, pointed out that the decision to sign the of joint user agreement for the civil flight operations is to fulfill their Cooperate Social Responsibility.

Represented by the AVM James Gwani, the Air Officer Training and Operations, Amao said that the Air Force had enjoyed a good relationship with the Benue Government and people over the years.

Also, Gov. Samuel Ortom commended both NAF and FAAN for allowing flight operations in the state, noting that the bad nature of Nigerian roads coupled with insecurity had made air travel the safest in the country.

“I believe that with the resumption of flight operations, within a short time things would begin to change in the state and the state’s economy would also improve.

He said that NAF, in particular, had been of great support in the state, adding that facilities in the command, such as the hospital, the aerodrome among others had been of great use to the people in the state.

In another development,  the Board of Directors of Dana Air has approved the appointment of Mr Sukhjinder Paul Mann, as the new Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective from Nov. 22.

Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, the Media and Communications Manager of Dana Air, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

Ezenwa said that the new DCEO would be expected to work with the team to bring a new perspective and fresh initiatives to the role to further strengthen the management team.

” Mann is a Briton and has worked with many leading commercial airlines in Africa and across the globe at a Senior Management and ‘C’ Level executive roles and is no stranger to Nigerian aviation.”

”He holds a B. A Honours in Economics and is CIMA trained, having 29 years of rich aviation experience in the areas of Airline Operations, Ground Handling, Airport Management, Finance, Strategy, Turnaround and Commercial/Business Development and Airline start-up projects.”

“He is very results-oriented, has good communication skills and is well-versed with the latest technology and a very sound understanding of Sales and Marketing Strategies, Policy Formulation, Training and Development, Liaison/ Coordination with regulatory bodies,” he added.

The newsmen report that Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mixed fleet of nine aircraft and daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Owerri and Enugu.

The airline is reputed for its on time departures and arrival, 24 hours customer and quality onboard services.

 

 

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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