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NCAA Investigates Aero Contractors over Aircraft Smoke

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has begun investigation into the smoke in an Aero Contractors aircraft enroute Lagos from Port Harcourt.

Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.

The Aero Contractors flight NG316 was engulfed in smoke about 20 minutes after take-off, causing panic among the passengers.

The situation prompted the deployment of firefighting trucks to the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2, Lagos, to curtail any fire when the plane carrying 52 adults and one infant finally landed.

Mr. Adurogboye said that the NCAA had been notified of the incident, adding that the aircraft was immediately grounded for investigations.

“Our team of investigators are currently working to find out what caused the smoke because that is part of the responsibility of the NCAA,” he said.

Similarly, the media consultant to Aero Contractors, Simon Tumba, confirmed that the airline’s management, led by Ado Sanusi, had ordered for full scale investigation into the incident.

Mr. Tumba, in a statement on Wednesday, said the management also commended the pilot and the entire crew for the professionalism they displayed in handling the situation.

“There have been different accounts of the incidents with some claiming that the smoke came from the baggage compartment while other allude to all manner of unverified claims.

“But the management of Aero said it regrets any inconveniences the incident might have caused its esteemed passengers and assured it will get to the root cause of the matter,” he said.

According to him, preliminary reports has it that at 1645 GMT about 75NM to Lagos at 24,000ft, the cabin crew observed that the cabin was misty.

He said this was reported to the captain, who briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them of a safe landing in Lagos in a couple of minutes.

“Expectedly as announced by the pilot, normal descent was initiated into Lagos. While descending however, a passenger went into the lavatory, after which the lavatory smoke detector alarm came on.

“The cabin crew again reported this incident to the Captain and by this time the smoke was getting denser in the cabin.

“Ready and armed with “Aft Cargo Smoke” indication in the flight deck, the crew carried out the smoke dispersal procedures and contacted air traffic control at 1655GMT, requesting for emergency support services and proceeded to Lagos, which is the airport with the full complement of emergency support.

“At this stage again, the cabin crew reassured the passengers and handed out wet towels to them as a precautionary measure for such incidents,” Mr. Tumba said.

He said the captain also announced to the passengers to be calm as the smoke in question did not present any irritation or discomfort.

Mr. Tumba said the aircraft landed at 1703 GMT and the company engineers had carried out the routine systems checks, and reported all normal.

He added that the management of the airline reported the incident to the appropriate authorities in the country and another round of thorough investigation was ongoing.

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FG to Partner Boeing to Launch National Carrier

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Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, has said that the Federal Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing on the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

Sirika, in his tweet on his handle,@hadisirika on Thursday, said the MoU would be signed during the forthcoming Third ICAO World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja.

The minister also disclosed that Airbus of France had indicated interest in partnering with the government on the proposed carrier and establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the country.

He said that the government and Airbus would also discuss further during the IWAF 3 that would hold from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

“Airbus signified interest in our National Carrier and our MRO, we will discuss further during the upcoming ICAO forum,’’ he said.

It would be recalled that the minister had expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration determination to establish a national carrier and MRO in a bid to reposition the nation’s aviation sector.

He had since announced the appointment of transaction advisers for the national carrier and MRO.

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NIPOST at Retreat, Rejigs to Remain Afloat

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Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is repositioning the post office as a critical national infrastructure to utilize its extensive network penetration for social and financial growth, Bisi Adegbuyi, postmaster general of the Federation has said.

 

Adegbuyi at the NIPOST zonal strategic management retreat in Kaduna, said that the retrest, will help determine the true position of NIPOST strategic milestones in the journey towards actualization of the set objective.

 

He said, “The retreat will provide us with the opportunity to x-ray our position as we analyze our performance so far against set objectives with a view to taking remedial measures in the area of sharp deviations and as well re-invest a new wheel where necessary in our march to the promise land.

 

“In the last five months of uninterrupted strategy implementation, a lot has happened, the corporate restructuring is taking shape, the business units are reshaping their products, the zones are now on ground supported by their districts while the Chief Operating Officer has taken full control of the operations for efficiency.

 

He observed that the greatest challenge to the relevance of NIPOST is in the area of product offering adding that, “For a long time NIPOST has remained a mono-product organization focusing mainly on mail and even that too is challenging.”

 

Malam Abdulrahim Baba, director, Strategy and Business Development, said the post office can help farmers and small businesses scale up their production by repackaging their products so that they can acquire market instead of letting their products rot away.

 

He added, “NIPOST will put internet facilities and computers in our rural post offices so that the children living in the rural areas can learn how to use the computer and the internet because presently, the computer and internet is used in all sectors.”

 

He informed that the NIPOST presently has seven different business from the one that was available in the past adding that, “We have cut down from 36 territories to seven zones to conserve resources and provide good services to our customers in a bid to create a new playing field.”

 

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, represented by Engineer Mahmud Hassan, commissioner, Kaduna state Ministry of Works and Transport, urged participants to live up to expectation and the sky is their limit.

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Taxify Set to Launch Services in Abuja

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Taxify, the fastest-growing ride-sharing platform in Europe and Africa, launches in Abuja with hundreds of driver-partners signed up to the platform and ready to accept rides all across the city.

To celebrate, Taxify is offering a 40% discount to riders during the month of November.

Uche Okafor, the operations manager, comments:  “Abuja is an exciting and thriving market with an outgoing population for private urban transport. We’re very excited to launch here and have a solid team on ground.

“We are confident that Taxify can effectively contribute to healthy competition by improving the quality of service and lowering the prices for the end customer.”

Taxify takes only 15% commission from its drivers, compared to the 25% that competitors take.

The lower commission allows Taxify to offer lower prices for riders and ensure that drivers still keep more money in their pockets.

Taxify treats our drivers better so that they can in turn treat our riders better. Taxify does this by ensuring that drivers are able to earn more driving on our platform than on any other platform.

This combined with our end to end support ensures that our drivers are happier driving on Taxify and are ultimately able to provide better quality service for riders. Taxify also believes in providing exemplary customer service to riders, with a local customer support team that offers real time over the phone support.

Taxify is an international urban ride-sharing platform founded and headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia.

Taxify is operating in 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Taxify has a global team of over 300 employees, and is considered one of the fastest-growing ride-sharing platforms in Europe and Africa.

In August 2017, Taxify announced a strategic partnership with Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. The Taxify app is available on iOS and Android.

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