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Arik, Labour Unions Reach Agreement, Airline Resumes operations

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Arik Airline has resumed operations following the resolution of the impasse with labour unions.

The management of Arik Air resolved the differences with labour unions led by the Lagos State branch of National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers (NAAPE) in a meeting mediated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) this evening.

According to the airline, normalcy has returned has its flight operations have since commenced on Friday on all routes.

The management equally apologised to its customer for the disruption of services today following the picketing of its operations by the unions.

Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air said: “We sincerely apologise to our customers for the disruption of our operations today caused by the picketing of our services. We have resolved the issue with the unions and wish to inform the traveling public that our services will resume tomorrow morning.

“We reassure our customers of on time departure and great travel experience and look forward to welcoming them onboard our flights.”

Meanwhile the airline has reactivated its online platform for customers to book and pay online through all its network. The airline’s on time departure performance has improved to over 80% over the last three weeks

Earlier the management of Arik frowned at the picketing of the Airline by the labour Unions, hence the management denied “the motive of this picketing is unclear to Management and their action is therefore illegal. It is a well-known fact that Arik is under Receivership following various challenges experienced over the last few years, which include delays and cancellations of flights, delays in payment of salaries and huge debts to trade creditors and suppliers, bad corporate governance and a host of others”.

In exercise of its statutory powers under the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) act a Receiver was appointed over the affairs of Arik Air on February 6, 2017. With the assistance of AMCON, salaries are being paid including backlogs, on time performance has improved from 15% to average of 80% and fuel suppliers that hitherto quit doing business with Arik are happily doing business with the airline.

“For the record, the Management had engaged with its staff and is convinced that there is no reason to picket our airline, which is facing challenging times.

“The focus of the Arik Air management is to stabilise the operations of the airline and enhance its ability to play a positive role in Nigeria’s aviation industry.

“Therefore the Management of the airline advises the unions to steer clear from undermining the operations of Arik Air. Management would take every legal measure at its disposal to stop any illegal interference with its operations”, the Airline had said.

 

 

 

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NPA Deploys Anti-Pollution Drones

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Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) (3rd left), flanked by other guests at the drones’ unveiling, recently.

By peter oluka

Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has commissioned modern pollution and environmental equipment including drones, jet skies and booms for surveillance, monitoring and containing oil spillages on the waterways.

Other equipment unveiled include blowers, pressure washers, skimmers, power pack absorbers and multiple dispersant sprays, according to a report by Ships and Ports.

Usman also pledged the NPA’s commitment and continued support in the area of capacity building towards greater efficiency and service delivery.

Speaking at the passing out ceremony of 125 Officers of Squad 49 of Fire Service Department of the Authority, Usman expressed excitement at the fact that 21 out of the Squad are women, stressing that it is an indication that women are beginning to see the value of breaking the barriers of limitation that the society has placed on them.

According to her, NPA was aware of the numerous challenges in today’s business environment and would ensure that it works towards realizing its mission statement of providing efficient port services in a safe, secure and customer-friendly environment.

She charged the new officers to join the pool of vast professionals in the organisation to deliver better service to the port industry.

Usman said the ancillary skills acquired by the officers like swimming and water rescue, articulated vehicle driving, road traffic crash rescue and first aid treatment were critical ingredients for professionalism, adding that NPA management would ensure “they impact meaningfully in the system”.

Usman also pledged commitment and support to the Fire Service Department at delivering plausible services in line with industry standards, stating that NPA pays premium to best practices.

She said, “Our objective is to modernize and transform operational services to enshrine efficient and quality services”.

Source: Ships and Ports

 

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Explore Nigeria With These Top Four Tour Operators

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By Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

Nigeria is a beautiful country and one of the thrilling ways to explore this beauty is by going on group tours. Of course, you can visit these destinations on your own but to unearth the real excitement in travelling, it is advisable you go in a group.

Presently, there are quite a number of tour operators that organise tours to different Nigerian destinations. So, it is not difficult to get a tour operator to get away with. However, if you want the best, tour operators in the country, Jumia Travel, identifies some of them.

Social Prefect Tour

Chiamaka Ngozi Obuekwe is the Chief Executive Officer of Social Prefect Tours, a travel brand which organises group tours, school excursions, corporate retreats, holiday packages and also offer tour guide services in Nigeria. Social Prefect Tour is one of the popular tour operators in Nigeria.

Unravelling Nigeria

Unravelling Nigeria is a company that uses an online platform to create awareness on the tourism potentials of every state in Nigeria.

They are dedicated to finding every tourist attraction around the country and showcasing it to the world so that Nigeria can become a top tourism destination. It is owned by Lola Daniyan

TP Adventures

TVP Adventures makes travel easy and affordable. It is a one-stop shop for group tours within Nigeria and Africa. TVP Adventures specialises in cultural, historical and nature tours across Nigeria and Africa.

Tour2Nigeria

Tour2Nigeria offers a window to various cultural and tourism potentials available in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria. Tour2Nigeria promotes the country’s rich culture and offer information that is second-to-none to both local and international visitors.

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Nigerian-Canadian, Lola Kassim Appointed New GM for Uber West Africa

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Lola Kassim as its new general manager for West Africa

By peter oluka

Uber, Monday, announced, the appointment of Lola Kassim, a Nigerian-Canadian, as its new general manager for West Africa.

Most recently, Lola worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.

A seasoned professional with over 10 years of global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada, Lola will be responsible for driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa, which includes improving reliability and service levels for uberX and creating additional value adds for driver-partners.

“I am immensely pleased to be joining Uber at a pivotal point in the company’s growth and expansion curve. My vision for West Africa, in particular, is to ensure that we are aligned with Uber’s overall objective of creating sustainable, alternative modes of mobility. In addition to creating value for driver-partners and riders, I will also be focused on ensuring that we continue to engage with our key stakeholders and relevant partners with a view to continued positive impact across West Africa.”

Speaking on Lola’s appointment, Alon Lits, general manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “As a company that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness, we are excited to have Lola join the team of other incredible women at Uber – who are pushing the envelope towards achieving the global vision of creating value for riders and driver-partners alike. In West Africa, Lola will be supported by a highly skilled and enthusiastic team covering Operations, Marketing, Communications, Legal and Policy. As we often say at Uber, we are #superpumped.”

Prior to joining Uber, Lola spent 3.5 years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company. She also worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the

Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities. She began her career with the Canadian government where she served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.

A Nigerian-Canadian, Lola holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

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