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AIB investigate plane collision at Lagos Airport

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has launched an investigation into a collision involving two planes at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The General Manager of Public Affairs at the Bureau, Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed this in a draft statement on Thursday.

He explained that the accident which occurred on Wednesday involved two planes operated by the Middle East and Turkish Airlines.

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The Turkish cargo plane was said to have been parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it.

According to Oketunbi, the plane on motion cut through the tail cone of the other aircraft and damaged part of its right horizontal stabiliser.

He added that all passengers on the Middle East plane, thereafter, disembarked from the aircraft without any injury or fatality.

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Read the full statement below:

DRAFT PRESS RELEASE ON TURKISH AIRLINE AND MIDDLE EAST AIRLINE GROUND COLLISION OCCURRENCE

Accident Investigation Bureau has been notified and has commenced investigation into a serious incident involving an Airbus A330-243 with the Nationality registration Marks OD-MEA operated by Middle East Airline and a Boeing 777 with Nationality and registration Marks TC-LJC operated by Turkish Airline, which occurred on the 29th July 2020 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Turkish cargo aircraft was parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it, cutting through the tail cone and damaged part of the right horizontal stabilizer of the Turkish aircraft.

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All passengers on the Middle East Airline had to disembark with no injury or fatality.

The Bureau will appreciate that the general public and press do not pre-empt the cause of the serious incident until a formal report is issued.

Kindly contact us on our official communication channels:Mobile App: AIB-NWebsite: http://www.aib.gov.ngTwitter: @aibnigeriaInstagram: @AIB_NigeriaFacebook: AIB NigeriaEmail: Commissioner@aib.gov.ngSMS/WhatsApp: +234807 709 0900, 0807 709 0928

Tunji Oketunbi

General Manager, Public Affairs

Accident Investigation Bureau.


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Shocker: Two airplanes collide at Lagos airport

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A sad scene was created at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday when an airbus airplane collided with a Boeing 777 airplane at the international wing of the airport.

An Airbus A330-243 with registration number OD-MEA which is owned by Middle East Airlines, collided into a Boeing 777 airplane with registration number TC-LJC owned by Turkish Airlines.

According to eye witness, the Boeing 777 airplane was parked when the Airbus airplane ran into it.

An eye witness report had it that: “The Turkish cargo flight was parked at the tarmac when the MEA airbus ran into it l, ripping off part of the empennage of the aircraft. The MEA flight was taxiing when it happened.

“These people have been running commercial flights under the disguise of evacuation. They come to this country at least three times a week.The MEA and even Turkish Airlines and others have been carrying out commercial operations,”


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Senate want FG to name Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi

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The Senate has told the Federal Government to rename the Ibadan Airport after late Senator Abiola Ajimobi who died a few days ago.

Ajimobi died on June 25, of COVID-19 complications.

At the Senate plenary on Tuesday July 7, Senator Abdulfatahi Buhari moved the motion proposing the renaming of the airport after Ajimobi and it was seconded by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Senator Buhari had eulogized the late Ajimobi, who was a member of the 5th Senate from 2003 to 2007.

The red chamber thereafter observed a minute silence in honor of Ajimobi.


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COVID-19: PTF yes Abuja, Lagos Airports reopening

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, yesterday, okayed both the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, for resumption of local commercial flight operations.

The team, following an inspection tour of the two facilities, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness for their reopening scheduled to be announced soon.

In a related development, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has hinted that airlines and other operators in the industry would get the proposed government bailout this week.

Shortly after inspecting the Abuja Airport, members of the Taskforce on COVID-19 arrived the Lagos Airport aboard an Aero Contractor’s test flight at noon, to assess the level of preparedness at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

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Besides Sirika, others in the team were the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnibe Mamora, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Minister of State for Education, Nwajuba, among others.

They inspected both the departure and arrival areas of the airports to assess the social distancing measures put in place. The boarding and waiting areas were clearly marked for passengers to observe social distancing, while the toilets have automatic hand washing points.

Similarly, automatic sanitiser dispensers were provided at every point of the boarding, just as there are automatic temperature screening points.

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Sirika, who did not specify when the airports would reopen for commercial flights, said he was 90 to 95 per cent satisfied with what was on ground.

He said the only thing left to be done at the airport was the surface cleaning and installation of baggage spray machines, which he said were ready.

He said: “Once we start, all the physical distancing measures would be observed. The markings in Lagos are as much as we have in Abuja. I’m not 100 per cent satisfied, but I am 90 per cent satisfied. Why did I say so? Because we have clearly marked our airports in Lagos and Abuja. We have trained our staff to ensure physical distancing. We have provided COVID-19 compliant toilets. We have provided hand sanitisers and guided people efficiently. We reduced the amount of people the Co-Bus will take.

“So, we have done everything humanly possible to ensure that people keep physical distancing and they wear their mask. So, I am very satisfied and happy.

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“I think once we are good to go, we are good to go. You know there are two components of it: The health and safety components. This thing is not as easy as you think. I don’t want to give a date, but I am sure we are getting there,” Sirika said.

On palliatives, the minister said with the cooperation of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Finance, the amount of the palliative due to operators would be announced soon.

Aliyu also expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation by the aviation sector to restart, saying the stakeholders had done very well.

On his part, Mamora said compliance is critical and government might be compelled to enforce compliance.


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Nigeria: Enugu international airport reconstruction to pause.


The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the ongoing reconstruction work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this after an inspection tour of the project.


He arrived the airport aboard a police chopper, with only few officials.

Sirika said the project, which had gone beyond 90 percent, would have been delivered before Easter.

“But considering that the construction workers have downed tools owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government hereby officially announce suspension of procurement.

“The work would have been completed in 6-7 days, but the workers left to be with their families in view of the social distancing,” the minister declared.


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COVID-19: British Airways to temporarily ban Gatwick Airport in London.


British Airways will temporarily suspend operations at Gatwick Airport in London as travel demand continues to stall in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

International Airlines Group – owner of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus – has already announced huge cuts to services, with the British flag-carrier to focus efforts on Heathrow in the short term.


Gatwick itself is currently operating from a single terminal, following a sharp fall in flights.

easyJet, a major operator at the south London airport, yesterday said it would suspend all departures for the foreseeable future in response to the crisis in global travel.


A brief statement from British Airways said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick.

“We are contacting affected customers to discuss their options.”

The carrier yesterday extended its American revolving credit facility as it seeks to boost its liquidity situation during the virtual shutdown of aviation.


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Plane conveying COVID-19 medical supplies crash, 8 dead in Philippines.


A plane believed to be conveying coronavirus medical supplies has crashed during takeoff.

The aircraft, bound for Haneda, Japan, crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines, killing all the eight people on board, on Sunday.


It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus.

The aircraft is reportedly owned by Lion Air, a charter service company in the Philippines.


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COVID-19: Nigerian govt. orders enforcement of screening at airport.


The Federal Government on Tuesday ordered airlines and agencies at airports that are currently in operation to enforce the screening of all passengers who use facilities at the airports.

According to the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the directive was issued to airline operators and agencies in order to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.


The Director, Public Affairs, FMA, James Odaudu, told our correspondent that the government had not suspended the screening of passengers at any airport in Nigeria.

“Rather than stopping it, we are forcing it,” he stated.


The ministry further stated that all airline operators had been directed to deploy some additional measures in order to protect passengers and the general public against the further spread of Covid-19.

It said, “All persons, without exception, entering any airport terminal (domestic and international) must undergo temperature check and hand cleaning with sanitisers.


“All passengers, no matter their status, must undergo temperature check and hand sanitisation before being allowed to board any aircraft. All airplanes must be disinfected before boarding by passengers.”

It said the directives had been conveyed to all airline operators by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, adding that the Federal Government would not take any disregard kindly.

On the recent announcement of restriction of international flights into Nigeria as announced by NCAA, the ministry explained that flights considered essential for which permissions for landing may be sought and granted include aircraft in a state of emergency.

It said such aircraft would have to do with flights and operations related to humanitarian services, medical and relief services.


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MMIA Airport: Customs intercepts $8.065m cash from suspect

…Uncovers N10.3bn pangolin scales


The Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted $8.065 million cash from suspected money launderers.

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) zone A also impounded 147 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 9,504.1kg and valued at N10.264 billion at an abandoned warehouse in Isheri Estate.


However, Daily Sun learnt that the currency was intercepted in a bus belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) at the airport tarmac, which was ready to be smuggled into an aircraft.

While showcasing the seizures yesterday at a press briefing in Lagos, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), said that the consignment packed in a coaster bus was laoded in six big Bagco bags, adding that one suspect, the driver of the bus, Chimezie Okonkwo, was arrested.


According to him, after the preliminary investigations, the money would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigations to reveal the real owners of the money.

Speaking on the pangolin scales, Ali said the seizure would attract World Customs Organisation (WTO).recommendation.


He, therefore, commended the FOU Zone A for making such huge seizure of the pangolin scales.

According to him, Nigeria is a signatory to Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which categorises this species under absolute prohibition. “Therefore, its importation or trade is illegal globally”, the Customs boss added.


On other seizures, he explained that 3,067 bags of contraband foreign rice (50kg), 3,722 jerry cans of 25 litres and 1040 of 4.73 litres of vegetable oil, 14 units of exotic vehicles, 575 pieces of used tyres, among others, were seized with a Duty Payment Value (DPV) of N303.244 million, making a cumulative duty paid value of N10.567 billion within the month under review.

While reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc (NACHO), Tayo Ajakaye, said:

“NAHCO as an organization has no connection whatsoever with this alleged act. The company has initiated contact with the Nigerian Customs Service’ hierarchy to provide it with details of this incident. As a responsible corporate organisation, NAHCO will cooperate with all regulators, agencies and other stakeholders in not only finding out the truth about this unfortunate incident, but also rooting out malpractices in the sector.”

However, he said NAHCO does not condone irresponsible and criminal behaviour, adding that the company takes seriously the trust of its esteemed clients, partners and other stakeholders, both local and international, and will do everything to protect that trust.


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Crisis as FAAN takes over MMIA toll gate


A fresh crisis is brewing between the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and one of its biggest concessionaires I-cube Nigeria Limited over a contractual agreement leading to forceful take-over of the access toll gates of the airport linking the international wing of Lagos airport with Ikeja.


As early as 7 am, the unions in aviation like the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) among others had taken over the money spinning revenue points of the toll gates, chased away workers of the firm in a Gestapo manner.

After chasing away I-Cube workers, the unions began toll collection from motorists which left many wondering what was happening as the exercise was conducted in a rowdy manner.


A union member told New Telegraph that the concession agreement for I-Cube expired since February 2019 adding that FAAN had decided not to renew the deal, stressing that another firm which had applied for the concession was granted the concession to manage the facility.

The unions said the agency needed to offer a better deal to new concessionaire to improve FAAN’s revenue base.

But in a swift reaction, a top official of I-Cube, who spoke to New Telegraph from Europe, said the firm had never defaulted in the remittance of money to the agency wondering why the airport authority violated agreements on how to terminate a firm’s business deal.

The source admitted that concession had elapsed adding that they applied for renewal which he said the agency claimed was studying it only to award the contract to another firm.


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FAAN takes over MMIA access toll gate from ICUBE


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) workers on Monday took over the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Access Toll Gate from the Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Ltd. (ICUBE) one year after expiration of the contract.

The workers in their hundreds, under the supervision of the four aviation unions, besieged the access gate as early as 7.00a.m on Monday and took over the control of ticketing points from ICUBE managers.


The workers after dislodging the ICUBE staff, drafted staff of the commercial department to man the gates.

Briefing newsmen, Mr Abdulrasaq Saidu, the General Secretary, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), who supervised the takeover, said that management of the access gate remained the sole responsibility of Commercial Department of FAAN.


Saidu alleged that some politicians had messed up the system through illegal concession of revenue points at the airports.

He said concession of the access gate was “fraudulent without a review of the contract for more than five years now”, adding that the traffic of the route had greatly increased since the last exercise was carried out.


Saidu also alleged that some individuals in FAAN and the Ministry of Aviation had compromised over the access gate, saying that government was losing revenue from there.

He explained that following series of meetings held with the Minister of Aviation and FAAN Managing Director at different occasions.


It was made known to them that workers were going to take over the access gate to raise its revenue.

Reacting, Mr Ahmadu Ilitrus, President, Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), said that the concessionaire agreement with FAAN expired 12 months ago, and the company had refused to leave the toll gate. N.Rs culled


Ilitrus said that the government had appointed a new concessionaire, but the company refused to hand over the toll gate to FAAN.

“FAAN is an employer, and when it decides to terminate and appoint another new concessionaire, then, the former one should have handed over.


“But, the former concessionaire refused to hand over after the appointment has been terminated, so what do you expect FAAN workers to do?

“That is why FAAN workers went to the toll gate this morning to take over the place and this is quite unfortunate.


“If the former concessionaire has dissatisfaction to the agreement that was initiated at the beginning, then, there are some ways of resolving it, but how can you hold on to the revenue point,” he asked.

Ilitrus noted that the protest was initiated by FAAN workers, but the unions only went there to ensure law and order in the taking over.


The union president said the concessionaire sometimes would approach FAAN that its workers were “stealing toll gate funds”.

Also, the Deputy National President of Air Transport, Mr Sarah Rimdams, said workers came to recover their revenue points to the government as the contract with ICUBE expired in February. 2019.


“We are at the access gate to test run this place to actually know how much can be generated monthly.

“This will definitely bring more revenue being remitted by the concessionaire to the FAAN account.


Reacting to the takeover, the Manager, ICUBE, Mr Toluwaleke Abajingin, told newsmen that he was surprised to see workers and unions taking over the access gate in the early hours of Monday.

Abajingin said the case was in court between Rosepine Intergrated Ltd., FAAN and ICUBE, adding that as a responsible organisation, ICUBE staff did not resist.

He said ICUBE had been paying FAAN up to date and that the company was never informed about any upward review of the contract or otherwise.

Abajingin said there was a first right of refusal, adding that FAAN had not communicated to ICUBE on the agreement.


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Coronavirus: ACI world gives advise to airport operators ..


Airports Council International (ACI) World, has advised airport operators and authorities to develop communication, screening, entry/exit controls and coordination with the health authorities to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The virus has so far killed 81 people and infected 3,000 others. In its advisory bulletin titled, ‘Transmission of Communicable Diseases’, ACI warned that the outbreak is of considerable concern to the aviation industry, adding that “in the coming days and weeks, ACI expects to see national regulators and health authorities react to the spread of the virus by introducing measures directly affecting aviation.


It stated: “From an operational perspective, ACI is committed to assisting airports. Airport members are advised to refer to the guidelines for outbreaks of communicable disease.”

ACI World’s report states that screening measures adopted by airports should be complementary to the type of communicable disease in order to reduce its international spread. The organisation stated that if the transmission of the disease has occurred during the incubation period, the impact of screening is expected to be significantly lowered. This is expected to have happened with the corona virus, but local requirements should be followed.


Its Director General, Angela Gittens said: “The health and welfare of travellers, staff and the public, and to reduce the oppourtunities for dissemination of communicable diseases, are the priorities for the aviation industry following the recent novel corona virus outbreak.

“The guidance we have issued reiterates a number of options and best practices that airports and national authorities can use to protect against communicable diseases that might pose a serious risk to public health. The recommendations are designed to reduce exposure to an infectious agent at airports and to improve the response to health-related emergencies by establishing standards and procedures for rapid decision-making and action.”


In a related development, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), in collaboration with Port Health Services, has commenced sensitisation of port users and stakeholders across the nation’s seaports to check people who are entering the ports.

The sensitisation is on the need to take precautionary measures to ensure that the virus does not enter Nigeria through the seaports or land entry points.


To this end, Nigeria has placed vessels from some Asian countries especially China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea on strict surveillance, as the disease has already claimed several lives in some of these countries.

Daily Sun learnt that the restrictions also extended to all the land borders as part of precautionary measures as the virus been detected in some African nations.


Speaking with Daily Sun, the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Jatto Adam, said that a lot of sensitisation and awareness has been going on to ensure that people take necessary measures especially at the ports.

“We are liaising with Port Health Services because they are the one in charge of goods going and coming out of the ports to ensure that people who are entering the port are well checked,” Adam said.

All the relevant agencies such as the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Plant Quarantine Services and the Nigeria Immigration Service, among several others have all been put on red alert.

A statement by the Port Health Services issued out to stakeholders on the outbreak of the virus reads in part: “Port Health Services wishes to notify all port users, agencies and stakeholders of the outbreak of corona virus in China, Thailand, South Korea and Japan that any vessel coming to Nigeria through the above named countries must notify the Port Health Services 48 hours before arrival to forestall any outbreak of this virus in Nigeria.”


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Coronavirus: Bush intercontinental airport set to screen passengers ..


Even though there are no confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Texas, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will begin screening passengers at Bush Intercontinental Airport for the strain.

IAH is one of 15 additional airports that will screen for the virus.


It’s not clear when the screenings will begin and how the passengers will be screened.

As of now, there are coronavirus fliers on the TSA checkpoints at Terminal D departures and there is a digital information monitor in the same terminal.


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Akanu Ibiam airport to soon ready – Enugu minister


Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the Federal Government was on course to ensure rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, is complete and reopened for flight operations before Easter.

On his official Twitter handle, he said they were almost done with the installation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and are on course to open the airport before the Easter celebrations.

“We are almost done with the installation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at Enugu Airport. We are on course to reopen the Airport before Easter, God willing,” he said.


The Akanu Ibiam Airport was closed on August 24 last year for the rehabilitation of its runway and provision of airfield lighting. In furtherance of its commitment to the timely and successful completion of the rehabilitation of the airport, Enugu government has demolished buildings and structures that encroached on the airport land.

Addressing newsmen during the demolition executed by the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), led by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, said the exercise was in response to the safety concerns raised by the Federal Government about the airport.


FG had raised concerns over illegal structures encroaching on the land of the Airport, radio mast of the state broadcasting service, and Free Trade Zone, requesting the state government to address the challenges for safety and security of the people and the airport. Following the swift interventions of the state government, FG through the Ministry of Aviation and FAAN had expressed satisfaction with compliance to the directives, which paved way for the ongoing rehabilitation of the airport.

Aroh said the demolition exercise was in continuation of the state government’s efforts to ensure that the airport reopens as scheduled by the federal government for effective operations.

He pointed out that the State Executive Council (EXCO) in its first meeting in 2020, approved the request made by FAAN for the issuance of a composite Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) and full acquisition of the airport land, disclosing that the demolition exercise was part of the processes being carried out in the overriding public interest.

“We are committed to the welfare of our people and one of the most fundamental processes we need to undergo, to continue to grow the economy of Enugu State and the entire South East geo-political zone and beyond, is to ensure that this international airport, which is the only international airport South East of the Niger is fully functional.” The commissioner said demolition of the encroached structures will allow for installation of night landing lights at the airport.


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PH: FAAN reopens Airport less than 24-hours of closure


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the reopening of flight operations at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) to the general public.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the FAAN, said on Sunday in Lagos that the airport was on Saturday night closed due to the fire incident.

FAAN had on Saturday night announced the temporary closure of Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a bush fire incident close to the area.


Yakubu said the airport was reopened less than 24 hours after it was closed for proper investigation on the incident.

She explained that the reopening followed a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the airport.

Yakubu further stated that the incident had caused the dissipation of smokes around the airside.

She, however, said FAAN remained committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of its passengers and airport users.


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PH: FAAN closes International Airport over bush fire disaster


The Port Harcourt International Airport runway has been temporarily closed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over a bush fire incident that recently occurred near the facility.

Closure of the airport reportedly prevented flights from landing and taking off from the airport on Saturday January 4.

Reassuring Nigerians of its commitment to the safety, security and comfort of passengers and airport users, FAAN’s Corporate Affairs General Manager, Henrietta Yakubu said the temporarily closure of the runway was part of safety precautions.

She said;

“A joint team from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency is presently evaluating the situation.

“This is with a view to ensuring that the airside is cleared of smoke and restoration of normalcy at the airport.”


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Enugu Airport: No going back on April deadline – Hadi Sirika


Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has reassured aviation stakeholders that the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, would be completed before April.

Sirika stated this, yesterday, while inspecting ongoing repairs of the airport by contractors. He said, apart from the runway and terminal building, the Instrument Landing Systems ( ILS), Air Field Lighting(AFL), taxi lights and others are part of the deliverables for the airport.


The minister said the government understood the importance of the airport to the South East and would do everything possible to inaugurate it for flight operations before Easter (about April).

“I am very satisfied with the work. We are beating the deadline, that is sacrosanct, we are bringing the runway before Easter. We are confident that the contractor will deliver. They will get the runway in time for Easter festivities.This is not the only job they have handled, they are currently doing some work in Lagos and they have a lot of experience when it comes to runway construction.


“We take this job seriously knowing that the future of this country cannot be mortgaged. If an assignment is given, it should be delivered. I guarantee you by the time we are done with Enugu, you will be proud of what we have done at the airport. We know the importance of this airport to the South East,” he said.

Sirika said unlike the international airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja, the Enugu Airport rehabilitation was solely funded by the Federal Government and not with loans from China.


“This terminal building is not part of the loans procured from the Chinese, funding for this building is by the Federal Government and we will deliver this terminal building.”

Enugu deputy governor, Cecilia Ezeilo, who was at the airport with the minister, acknowledged its importance to the South East and South South.

“The importance of this airport has come to bear with the closure. The impact is felt by the South East and South South and we will do everything to make sure it is reopened.”

Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Hamisu Yadudu and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Aviation, Musa Hassan were also on the inspection team.


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Lady whose heavy Backside caused trouble at Ghana airport react (see photos)


The lady whose big ass caused commotion at terminal three passengers’ lounge in Kotoka International Airport Ghana, has been identified.

The lady spotted in a video which went viral was identified as Jaye Love. She is said to be an Instagram model, socialite, Club Host and a DJ.

(Read first story here)

Though there are claims that Jaye Love got the huge backside from plastic surgery, she has however debunked it by stating that her body is real.

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Here are more photos of her below;

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)

Lady whose big ass caused commotion at airport has been identified (see more photos)


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International airport in Ghana scatters after woman arrives with her heavy backside. (Video)


There was pandemonium at the Kotoka International Airport yesterday when a woman with a huge backside entered the terminal three passengers’ lounge.

In a video shared online, people are seen rushing to the area where the lady was walking in the company of her friends just so they could get a glimpse of her backside.


People who passed the woman can also be seen turning their heads to have another look at her backside.

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Others used their mobile phones to take videos and photos of her backside.

As for the woman, she managed to ignore the screams and stares and continued on her way.


Some social media users have condemned people’s reaction towards her as sexual harassment.

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Video below.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/B6lUockH9Q8/?igshid=5gutxnu446qp

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FAAN Nays Banning Uber, Bolt, Others From Lagos Airport.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has dissmised reports it has banned car hailing apps from driving into any of the airports across the country.

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

There were reports online recently that the agency had banned Uber, Bolt and other car hailing apps from plying roads within airports. The claim was backed up by the photo above showing some men mounting a signpost with the notice of the ban.

FAAN in a statement released and signed by its General Manager Corportae Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said the signpost being shared online did not emanate from its office. The agency said Nigerians are free to use whatever mode of transportation they feel like using to transport themselves to the airport.

Read the statement below

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

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Security personnels have been deployed to katsina airport and other airports – FAAN.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Saturday confirmed the deployment of security personnel to Katsina airport and other airports across the country.

Although it was silent on the number of personnel deployed to the Katsina airport, it said the total number of FAAN Aviation Security officers deployed to Nigeria’s 22 airports under the authority’s management was over 700.

An online media report on Saturday claimed that 120 personnel were deployed to the Katsina airport alone.

But the spokesperson of FAAN, Henriatta Yakubu, said the authority deployed personnel based on the needs of each airport.

“The deployment was based on the need of each particular airport and I can’t give or confirm the numbers deployed to each airport right now,” she told our correspondent.

In September, Media reported that in a bid to boost security at Nigerian airports, the Federal Government through FAAN trained and deployed 727 Aviation Security and firefighting officers to airports.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the Federal Government would continue to improve on safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and capacity development of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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