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MD Commends FAAN Staff For Dedication During COVID-19 Lockdown



Staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have been applauded for their diligence and dedication to duty during the lockdown occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic.

Managing Director of the organisation, Captain Hamisu Yadudu who gave commendation also emphasized that things can not be rosy as they used to be, with the effects of the pandemic which has hit the aviation industry globally hardest.

In a keynote address at the celebration of this year’s Customer Service week by the FAAN Customer Service Department via zoom, the FAAN boss said service delivery by FAAN has attracted commendations from industry stakeholders, adding that when the industry needed the agency especially during the hit of the pandemic, FAAN was there to fulfill all their needs even at the risk of the lives of the workers.

“In the middle of the pandemic when the chips were down, when Nigerians needed us, they still need us, when the industry need FAAN to provide the platform for aviation to operate in Nigeria, when Nigerians need us to perform in the face of this pandemic, our personnel, all our staff were there.”

“We received messages from officials of government commending FAAN of performing to expectation and delivered their role in the middle of the pandemic, so FAAN has been doing very well. The Minister said people have been sending him messages congratulating him on what has been done, our structure, our performance, our operations, everything is working fast.”

Captain Yadudu however noted that for FAAN as an agency to survive, it has shelved plans and projects due to the pandemic and to sustain running this international business and succeed, It must work at overcoming one obstacle at a time.

In line with this Year’s Theme: DREAM TEAM, Yadudu urged the FAAN staff to buy into the idea of FAAN, work together to achieve the set targets of quality service delivery to its all customers.


“We will constantly be tested in our management and handling of situations that will arise involving us who are within the organization, and those who are without our parent company. How we rise to the occasion in handling these issues, while uplifting and elevating FAAN brands us as FAANs “Dream Team”.

In her opening remarks, the General Manager, Customer Service/SERVICOM, Mrs. Ebele Okoye said, the advantage of the dream team is that it creates an enabling environment for teamwork as every team member is hands-on in the execution of the end goal.
Explaining further, she stated that concerted efforts, which is the result of team work leads to product/service satisfaction, yields higher productivity, which translates to revenue increase and organizational growth.

“It is not a team that succeeds when all the conditions are favourable but a team that despite the setbacks and stumbling blocks, churns out quality and keeps moving forward. By this explanation, our MD, Captain Hamisu Yadudu is the leader of our dream team and we the professionals working under him are members of this dream team.”

Mrs. Nike Aboderin Director, Finance and Accounts in her contribution, commended the Customer Service Department for their hard work and urge them to do more in the area of enlightenment of stakeholders at the airport.

She noted that at the airports, outsiders believe that anything to do with the airports is all FAAN responsibility even though they are indirectly responsible.

“Because the airport ecosystem has different stakeholders, there Must be stakeholders engagement by FAAN with the customs, NDLEA, Immigration, concessionaires and others, it doesn’t necessarily has to be physical, zoom is cheaper and you can reach many people.

She suggested a quarterly or every month zoom meeting with airport stakeholders to highlight what FAAN expects from them and what they want from FAAN, share ideas to enhance service delivery at the airports.

“So that they are not bring their own culture into FAAN, you are telling them the culture we expect from them in FAAN and the behavior we expect from them in FAAN.”

The zoom event ended with the cutting of the cake to kick start the week’s celebration which witnessed over 70 participants namely Airport Managers, General Managers, stakeholders across airports in the country and friends of FAAN.

The FAAN customer Service week continues tomorrow with an awareness walk by the staff of the FAAN Customer Service Department to be led by the GM, Mrs. Ebele Okoye around the FAAN Headquarters, GAT and MMIA and terminates on Wednesday with a visit to people with disability in Surulere, Lagos

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Relief for Dubai Travellers, as Emirates Resume Flights to Nigeria October 1



After what has been like waiting for godot for travellers between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Airlines has announced that it will resume services to Nigeria from 1 October 2024, operating a daily service between Lagos and Dubai, and offering customers more choice and connectivity from Nigeria’s largest city to, and through, Dubai.

According to Kazim, Emirates’ Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer, “We are excited to resume our services to Nigeria. The Lagos-Dubai service has traditionally been popular with customers in Nigeria and we hope to reconnect leisure and business travellers to Dubai and onwards to our network of over 140 destinations.  We thank the Nigerian government for their partnership and support in re-establishing this route and we look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard.”

With the resumption of operations to Nigeria, Emirates operates to 19 gateways in Africa with 157 flights per week from Dubai, with further reach to an additional 130 regional points in Africa through its codeshare and interline partnerships with South African Airways, Airlink, Royal Air Maroc, Tunis Air, among others.

As a major economic hub in Africa, Nigeria and the UAE have built strong bilateral trade relations over the years, headlined by Lagos as the nation’s commercial centre. With the resumption of daily passenger flights, the airline’s cargo arm, Emirates SkyCargo, will further bolster the trade relationship by offering more than 300 tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity, in and out of Lagos every week.

“Emirates SkyCargo will support Nigerian businesses by exporting their goods via its state-of-the-art hub in Dubai, into key markets such as the UAE, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Bahrain, among others with key anticipated commodities such as Kola Nuts, food and beverages, and urgent courier material. Emirates SkyCargo will also import vital goods such as pharmaceuticals and electronics as well as general cargo from key markets such as the UAE, India and Hong Kong. Keeping trade flowing seamlessly, these goods will be transported quickly, efficiently, and reliably via the airline’s multi-vertical specialized product portfolio.

“The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER serving Lagos will operate with 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class seats, and 304 seats in Economy Class. Offering the best experience in the sky, passengers can dine on regionally inspired multi-course menus developed by a team of award-winning chefs complemented by a wide selection of premium beverages. Customers can tune in to over 6,500 channels of global entertainment, including 23 Nigerian movies, in addition to series and other content on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system” he concluded.

Emirates, had in November 2022, suspended flight operations to Nigeria over its inability to repatriate its revenue from the country. The federal government had, in September 2023, said the airline would resume services in Nigeria after President Bola Tinubu had met with  President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE in Abu Dhabi, signalling a resolution of the dispute.

Even after the Central Bank of Nigeria announced that it had cleared the foreign exchange backlog inherited by the Tinubu government, the airline still dithered until the latest announcement which was conveyed in a correspondence to the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo (SAN) on Wednesday.


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Private Jets Operating Commercial Services to Lose Licences – NCAA DG



The Acting Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Chris Najomo has warned that all private jet operators operating commercial charter services risks loosing their licenses.

He gave the warning in Lagos on Friday during the media unveiling of his vision board for year 2024 tagged NCAA Project 2024.

The Ag.DG, who expressed concern over the illicit activities of illegal private jet operators in the country, said if private jets wants to operate as commercial or charter operators, they should apply for the commercial licences.

Highlighting the regulatory provisions, Najomo noted that only holders of Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Airline Operating Permit (AOP) with a valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC) are authorized to conduct charter operations.

He also stated that NCAA will cease offering services to all debtors, who have refused to payment the NCAA and federal government monies owed them, noting that almost all airlines are guilty of this.
Nigerian airlines are currently indeed to NCAA in billions of naira.

He also said the NCAA is committed towards simplified certification and licensing processes as this will ensure ease of doing business.

Najomo further stated that one of his 2024 projects is to Ensure improved staff welfare, training, retraining and reorientation of staff.

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NDLEA Arraigns SAHCO Manager, 7 Staff For Aiding Drug Trafficking



An Assistant General Manager of Skyway Handling Company (SAHCO), Olajide Ahmed Kafidipe, and seven other staff of the company, were today, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on charges bordering of conspiracy, unlawful importation and possession of 1, 440.90 kilograms of Tramadol.

Olajide and others were arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The seven staff of the company arraigned alongside Olajide were; Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele; Musa Mutalib Opeyemi; Sanamo Alla Daniel; Anuge Evans Isibor; Mahmud Agboola Musa; Udeh Felix and Obinna Henry.

The prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, while arraigning the SAHCO staff, told the court that all the defendants conspired with the trio of Mubarak Sarki Salami, Abdullahi Aliyu a.k.a Aboki and Anwal Monday, who also staff of the company but now at large, to commit the offences on or about October 25, 2023.

The prosecutor, Mr. Ibrahim further told the court that the Assistant General Manager of SAHCO, Olajide and other staff of the company, conspired amongst yourself to transport 1, 440.90 kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic, from SAHCO Import Shed.

The prosecutor also told the court that the SAHCO’s Assistant General Manager, Olajide, conspired with Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, and procured one Lawal Itunu Temitope, to transport the prohibited substance from SAHCO Import Shed in a Mercedes Benz Bus with Registration Number LAGOS MUS 269 YC, belonging to Platinum Pacific International Limited.

He further informed the court that another staff of SAHCO, Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, unlawfully possessed the said 1, 440. 90 kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic Analgesic.

The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the defendants, contravened sections 14 (b), 21 (2)(d) and 20 (1)(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And punishable under sections 11 (b) and 20 (2)(b) of the same Act.

All the defendants denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following their not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand them in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till the hearing and determination of the charge.

However, lawyers to the defendants, told the court that they have filed their clients’ bail application except that of the Assistant General Manager, Kafidipe Ahmed Olajide and Obinna Henry.

The lawyer therefore asked the court for a short date, to enable them file the bail applications for the duo.

With the development, the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, urged the court to remand all the defendants in NCoS’ custody till when the court will hear their bail applications.

But the trial judge, Justice Dipeolu, in his reasoning, order the operatives of the NDLEA to call their Airport Commander, to allow the defendants to be remanded in their custody till tomorrow, January 17, when their bail applications will be heard and determined.

Upon the complied with the court’s directive, which was granted by the Commander, the court ordered the remand of all the defendants in NDLEA till tomorrow, while adjourned to January 24, 2024, for the commencement of their trial.

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