- Airlines Accuse Aviation Agencies of Illegal Charges
Domestic airlines have said some of the charges they pay to aviation agencies, estimated at N10 billion per annum, are arbitrary and illegal, saying they should be stopped immediately.
The airlines alleged that the agencies did not secure the approval from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) before introducing the charges, as stipulated in the 2006 Civil Aviation Act.
A senior official of one of the major domestic carriers said that those charges that did not get the approval of NCAA ought not to be paid by the airlines because they are illegal charges.
“All charges have to be approved by NCAA. There should be discussion with all stakeholders before charges are introduced but nothing like that has occurred. This regulation is contained in 2006 Civil Aviation Act. When Fidelia Njeze was the Minister of Aviation she directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to present their charges to the then Director-General of NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren for approval but the management of FAAN then said they were not answerable to NCAA.
“This is enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act and if they make a law they should abide by the law, so why is FAAN and NAMA refusing to do so? They ought to call the meeting of airlines and discuss with them on the charges from NAMA and FAAN. The charges are even discriminatory because it is alleged that some airlines are exempted from paying some charges leveled on others,” the official said.
The source also urged the Minister of State, Aviation to invite an independent body to reconcile accounts between the agencies and the airlines, noting that the high charges leveled on the airlines are threatening their existence.
“As at June this year we paid the agencies N20.1 billion and this can be verified. The agencies have to sit down and reconcile with us. Government should set up a committee of independent people to look into the matter,” the official said.
Also the Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Captain Nogie Meggison confirmed that arbitrary charges are levied on the airlines, adding that the charges are outrageous and that is why the existence of the airlines is being threatened.
“All charges have to be approved by NCAA. There should be discussion with all stakeholders but nothing like that has occurred,” an official of Arik Air told said.
But an NCAA source said that there is conflicting issue about the autonomy of FAAN, which was being deliberated and was expected to be rectified by the National Assembly, adding that technically the Act that established FAAN designated it as autonomous but NCAA is the regulator of the industry, which automatically makes FAAN subordinate to its rules until the Act is repealed, FAAN officials would always argue on its autonomy, especially in areas that do not have to do with safety and security of flight operations.
Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others
Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.
Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.
“It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.
“For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.
The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.
Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”
“To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.
Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.”
Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director
Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria
Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.
According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.
Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.”
Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.
The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.
“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.”
It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.
The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.
However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.
On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.”
I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth. 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 1, 2021
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