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FG says National Carrier to be Private Sector Driven



The Federal Government has said that the proposed national carrier will be driven by private sector.

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, who disclosed that such arrangement, would avoid the mistakes that led to the failure of the defunct Nigerian Airways.

Sirika stated this on the sideline of the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation World Aviation Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”

He said that stakeholders had agreed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the new national carrier.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was following Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) guidelines to ensure that due processes in the arrangement.

According to him, government has appointed the Transaction Advisers to work out modalities for the carrier.

He said that government intended to go into alliances or joint ventures with other aircraft manufacturers to increase the reach and number of routes of the national carrier.

Sirika added that the planned improvement of airport and air navigation infrastructure would support the expected growth from activities of the new carrier.

“The question of national carrier, we all have agreement that this national carrier can only survive and succeed if it is private sector led and driven.

“Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Nigeria are guided by act of parliament which is the ICRC Act 2007 that spelt out how to go about doing all these things.

“We will be following them diligently. But unfortunately, it is cumbersome but we are following it so that we don’t run afoul of the law.

“African Development Bank and other companies are discussing with us on this matter.

“We are yet to meet with other stakeholders but we expect to meet them during this conference and after then, we will go and do our road shows.

“The key thing here is having something that will stand the test of time so that we don’t start and falter.

“It has happened to Nigeria before. The Air Nigeria was founded and at some point, it died because of something that was faulty.

‘’We have learnt our lessons and we are not going to repeat it again,” he said.

Sirika admitted that one of the major challenges of air transportation in Africa was high taxes.

He said that the issue of high taxes would be discussed as a critical factor to encourage investors.

”The lower the tax, the more flights in and the more flights in, the more passengers, more jobs, more revenue and that is within our master plan.’’

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NIPOST Launches Cargo Haulage Service, E-commerce



The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has inaugurated two new products, “Cargo Haulage Service and E-Commerce’’.

Mrs Nkiru Onaga, Deputy Manager, E-commerce and Logistics, NIPOST South East, performed the inauguration on Thursday at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The fair was organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA).

She said e-commerce and logistics were some of the latest services NIPOST was rendering to participants at the fair.

Onaga said inaugurating such services at the fair was one of the high points of the event, as exhibitors would no longer worry about how to ferry their goods to the desired destinations at the end of the fair.

“We have arrays of products and services here but most importantly e-commerce and logistics. Logistics means cargo haulage. You can haul your goods or parcel no matter how cumbersome from one end to another.

“We are professionals inexpertise to deliver,” she said.

According to her, inquiries about our services at the fair have been on the rise, as NIPOST has been repositioned to serve Nigerians better.

Onaga explained that the services were affordable and serving participants at the fair effectively.

Other services available at NIPOST stand include e-money services, speed post services and sales of stamps.

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NIPOST Launches e-money Service at Enugu Trade Fair



The Nigerian Postal Service has launched its Electronic online Money Order Service at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The NIPOST Post-cash is the only medium through which participants at the fair send and receive money as there are no other banking services in the complex.

Mr Irmiya Kylawe, General Manager, Marketing Department of NIPOST, said that the service had been making brisk businesses sending and paying their customers at the fair.

Kylawe said that the process was an instant one stop shop of sending and receiving money across the country.

He described the post-cash as efficient and reliable, adding that the patronage had been high since the fair began.

The general manager said that post-cash was one of the innovations and products introduced to revive NIPOST and make it competitive.

“There are lots of services that we are rendering here through reinvention of our old products.

“You can see that participants at the fair have been paying and even receiving money by using our Point of Sales (POS).

“This is the only banking service in the trade fair for now and it is serving them,” he said.

Kylawe said that the innovations became necessary in order to attract people back to the products of NIPOST.

Also, Mr Willie Ekong, NIPOST Zonal Manager, South-East, said that the service had been effectively repositioned for the attainment of strategic importance, operational efficiency and financial aggression.

Ekong said that the ongoing restructuring was to take their services to the door steps of Nigerians, thereby, enhancing postal penetration, affordability and accessibility.

He said that the volume of mails being collected at NIPOST was on the increase.

“Do not think that advent in technology is a threat. It only plays complementary role to what we do,” he said.

He said that funding had been the major challenge of NIPOST but assured that the Postal Bill currently before the National Assembly would further remove the remaining bottlenecks in their operations.

“The Postal Bill will be an added impetus in taking the post to the desired level. The bill has two major components.

“We are not thinking of privatising the post, rather the bill is to make NIPOST highly commercialised to enhance mercantile and create an independent regulator,” he said.

Ekong said that the independent regulator would regulate the activities of courier companies.

“We need to regulate the courier services and see that NIPOST as a national carrier is not embarking on extortion of money from Nigerians,” Ekong said.

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SAHCOL Truck Bumps into Arik Aircraft, Another Grounded in Owerri



Arik Air has reported to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) the incidents involving its aircraft and Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) which occurred on Sunday, when SAHCOL step ramped into their Boeing 737-700 at MMA2 in Lagos.


The company said that this is in line with standard operating procedure and safety standards.



The aircraft, which was scheduled to operate W3 744 (Lagos-Port Harcourt), had its left side leading edge of horizontal stabilizer damaged.



They said that another aircraft was provided immediately for the Port-Harcourt bound passengers. Our team of engineers later fixed the damaged aircraft which has since returned to service.



In the second incident, the airline’s Bombardier CRJ900 marked 5N-JEB, operating Owerri-Lagos flight has been grounded at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.



This is as a result of technical issue on ground at the Sam Mbakwe airport in Owerri during pre-departure procedure.



A relief aircraft was immediately sent to Owerri to take the already checked in passengers to Lagos with minimum delay.



“We apologize to our customers on the flight for the inconveniences they might have experienced as a result of the incident.



“We remain committed to our safety policy, high operating standard and customer service.

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