Transport

Nigeria Ready to Combat Sea Piracy –Transport Minister

Nigeria will spend $186m to combat piracy in a bid to safeguard its waters and vessels moving in and out of the country.

Transport minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi revealed this in a speech at Nor-Shipping’s inaugural Africa Podium in Oslo, Norway.

The Fund is meant to acquire three new ready-for-war ships, three aircrafts, 12 vessels and 20 amphibious vehicles to combat the menace of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

In the latest report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), Nigeria was named as one of the hotspots for sea piracy.

‘Airports Concession may not be Feasible until 2019’

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) on Tuesday said the Federal Government’s plan to concession the four major airports in the country might not be feasible until 2019.

Mr Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, NUATE, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that all thorny issues surrounding the concession must be addressed before the exercise.

The government had recently appointed transaction advisers to midwife the concession of the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt airports.

Maritime: FG Approves $186m to Fight Piracy

The Federal Government has approved $186million to combat piracy on Nigerian waters and N100 million to dredge River Niger.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed at a one-day National Conference on Fast-Tracking Port Reforms with the theme “Making Nigerian Seaports World Class’’, in Lagos on Thursday.

The conference was organised by The Nation newspaper.

Amaechi explained that “Mr President has approved 186 million dollars to fight piracy in our waters.

FG Plans to Set Up National Airline

Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure -- currently seen as a barrier to economic growth -- to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday.

Sirika said a group of six firms including German carrier Lufthansa would advise the government on setting up an airline, an aviation leasing company and a maintenance hanger, and on creating concessions to run the country's airports, Reuters reports.

Buhari Seeks $5.85b in China Loans for Rail Network

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking approval from parliament for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernise the country's rail network.

Growth in Nigeria - an OPEC member whose economy, the largest in Africa, has been hammered by low oil prices - has been stunted for decades by a lack of investment in the road and rail network.

FG Reopens Abuja Airport after Six-Week Shutdown

Nigeria reopened the capital's airport in Abuja on Tuesday, officials said, following a six-week closure for runway repairs that disrupted international air traffic to the country.

During the shutdown, authorities diverted flights to Kaduna, a provincial airport 160 km (100 miles) away, where carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa and South African Airways refused to fly on security grounds.

New TBS Bus Terminal Opens for Business

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State at the inauguration of the TBS bus terminal assured Lagos residents that his administration is set to improve transportation to meet up with the international standard, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Ambode disclosed this at the ceremony held at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos on Friday.

The governor said that the plan for the transport sector would create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.

16,000 Passengers Transported through Kaduna Airport in 5 days

No fewer than 16,000 passengers were transported through the Kaduna International Airport (KIA) between March 8 and March 12, the first five days of its operation as an international airport.

Mr Ibrahim Bwala, Head, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the figure was recorded within the first five days of its replacing the Nnamidi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA).

FG appoints new directors for NCAA

The Federal Government on Monday appointed five new Directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

NCAA made the announcement in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos.

Adurogboye explained that the appointment was with immediate effect.

He said that those appointed were Capt. Edem Oyo-Ita as Director of Air Transport Regulations, Mr Abbas Sanusi; Director, Human Resources and Administration, Adamu Sani; Director of Finance and Accounts.

Four Agencies’ Heads Sacked in Aviation Sector

Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the Nigeria’s aviation industry have been sacked, a government statement said on Monday.

Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Emma Anasi, and the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr Anthony Anuforom.

Others are the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Mr Samuel Caulcrick and the Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau.

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