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FAAN, NAMA Declare Readiness to Implement Executive Order




The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that the implementation of Executive Order as directed by Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the Acting President of Nigeria, is on course and at 60 per cent.

Engr. Saleh Dunoma, the managing director/CEO explains the status of implementation on Executive Order on the “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria” at various airports around the country.

Similarly, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun its immediate implementation with the Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu driving the process.

While inspecting the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, he said, “We are here at Murtala Muhammed Airport to look at the implementation of the Executive Order. We are at various stages of the implementation and we are working with all the security agencies and other stakeholders at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and indeed with other international airports around the country to make sure the Executive Order is implemented and We have met 60 per cent of the requirements needed in order to make sure the Executive Order is implemented”.

“We have held series of meeting with the stakeholders. So far, every agency is working on certain aspects as it concerns them. But FAAN, the overall supervisor of the operations at the airport is coordinating all this and of course, FAAN has certain things to do. We need to improve on some certain infrastructure. This infrastructure is being put in place so that other participating agencies will find it easy to implement their bit of the Executive Order.”

On level of cooperation from other agencies, Dunoma said: “So far, all the agencies at the airports are cooperating with us. We have agreed on certain number of things that we need to do. All the agreement based on the Executive Order are being implemented. A lot of things are going to happen tomorrow because we expect that most of the implementation will be done tomorrow (Tuesday).”

He said some timelines were chosen to better perfect the implementation. “We chose some timelines that is before the deadline given to us through the Executive Order, so that we can test run these systems and if there are issues, they will be corrected before the actual deadline given to us.”

Nama Commences Implementation

In a bid to key into the recent executive order by the Federal Government on the ease of doing business in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun its immediate implementation with the Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu driving the process.

In a statement, Akinkuotu noted that in order to beat the June 8 deadline for full implementation, the agency has already updated its website showing the requirements, conditions and procedures for doing business or obtaining services in NAMA including all fees and timelines necessary for the processing of applications for the services.

He also disclosed that the agency shall be organizing workshop sessions to adequately enlighten and sensitize both staff and industry stakeholders on the essence and imperative of the executive orders adding that the agency shall also be collaborating with other aviation agencies with a view to harmonizing processes in order to achieve the single user interface at the airports as directed by the federal government.

Capt. Akinkuotu also hinted that in compliance with the order, the agency was working out modalities to increase local content in its procurement process as this would boost locally manufactured goods in the country.

While charging staff to ensure strict compliance with all stated directives within the stipulated guidelines in the order, he enjoined them to ensure that the element of transparency permeates the entire systems and processes within the agency’s scope of operations.

It would be recalled that the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on May 18 2017 signed three far-reaching executive orders expected to ease business, fast-track budget submission and promote made in Nigeria products.

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NIPOST Emerges in Final Selection of World Summit on Information Society Award



The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has been selected as one of 90 finalists of the annual World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes contest.

Mr Francklin Alao, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the agency made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Alao, WSIS is a global initiative recognising innovative projects that use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to better the world.

He said the finalists known as WSIS champions represent the top 90 projects selected from 492 nominated projects around the world.

“The project that won NIPOST the finalist place is the NIPOST Address Verification System (NIPOST AVS), which seeks to create a centralised and up-to-date database of physical addresses and details of their occupants.

“It is aimed at bridging the gap in our national financial inclusion strategy to empower the CBN’s Know Your Customer (KYC) and improve our national security infrastructure while creating hundreds of jobs in a commercial manner.

“This is one of the new projects created by the organisation to impact on more Nigerians, especially at the rural level and we hope to come out as a winner of one of the 18 prizes at the end of the summit,’’ he said.

Alao said the WSIS Prizes 2018 edition is the 15th edition and will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on the March 20.

The general manager said the prestigious award started since 2012. “It has been recognising remarkable efforts made by entities and organisations from around the world that focus on accelerating socio-economic progress of the whole world as a community,’’ he said.

WSIS champions represent all regions of the world and all stakeholders that deploy ICT to implement WSIS Action Lines and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a two-tier United Nations sponsored summit on information, communication and information society.

It aims to bridge the global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the internet in the developing world.

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FAAN to begin Certification of 4 International Airports



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has begun the process of certifying the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kaduna International Airport, Port-Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airports, Enugu.

This is coming on the heel of a similar exercise carried out in 2017 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, made this known on Tuesday at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos.

Dunoma said that FAAN was carrying out the certification process in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He said that the exercise would be completed by the middle of 2018.

Dunoma said that the current drive toward the certification of Nigerian airports was very significant.

“It is not only as a requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, but even more importantly as one of the critical safety targets of the Abuja Ministerial Declaration.

“Very soon, we will certify all the international airports and then, we will focus on the domestic airports.

“All our airports will be certified within a given time frame,” Dunoma said.

He said that FAAN would continue to emphasise the need for safety and security of passengers as well as their comfort at the airports.

Dunoma added that additional patrol vehicles had been deployed for surveillance at the Lagos Airport.

He also said that Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were being installed at the Abuja and Lagos Airports to monitor activities at all the restricted areas.

He said: “By the time we have all these technology in place, the security will be very tight and no unauthorised person will be able to gain access to these restricted areas.”

The FAAN managing director said that the authority would soon procure sophisticated scanners with capacity to detect any contraband item in a passenger’s baggage.

“What we are currently using at the airports now are scanners that can detect when something is not right in a baggage.

“The security personnel can then focus it on the particular place and if he is not satisfied, he can carry out a manual check.

“But, technology is improving and we are thinking of bringing in sophisticated equipment that can detect anything and very soon, we will get this equipment at our airports,’’ Dunoma said.

He said work had also been intensified in the ongoing construction of terminal buildings at the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Airports, adding that the projects would soon be completed.

On debts being owed FAAN by domestic airlines and concessionaires, Dunoma said that the agency had worked out payment plans with each of the indebted airlines to clear the backlog of their indebtedness.

He said: “As long as we continue to do business, there will be debts.

“So, you cannot say no airline is owing FAAN. We normally give them grace of two weeks as a policy, because it is a continuous business.

“We came up with a programme of payment which was agreed to by all parties, and this is what we have been doing because we don’t want to put them out of business.”

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FG to auction N70bn bonds on March 21 – DMO



The Federal Government has offered for subscription by auction N70 billion worth of bonds in its March 21 auction, says the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The offer circular obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, said that it would sell N10 billion of a five year re-opening bond maturing in July 2021 at 14.50 per cent.

It would also sell N30 billion seven year new issue to mature in March 202, at an undisclosed interest rate and another N30 billion 10 year re-opening at 13.98 per cent to mature in Feb. 2028.

Nigeria issues sovereign bonds monthly to support the local bond market, create a benchmark for corporate issuance and fund its budget deficit.

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