- Medview Airline Gets IATA Operational Safety Certificate
International Air Transport Association ( IATA) on Monday admitted Medview Airline into its global safety platform, after passing the International Operations Safety Audit ( IOSA) certification.
The admission of Medview into the IOSA registry of the global airline regulator is confirmation that the carrier has notched up its safety operational procedures to worldwide standards.
Speaking at a presentation ceremony of the IOSA certificate, the Regional Director, West Africa, IATA, Mr Samson Fatokun said Medview met the required safety standards set by the global body.
He said the safety endorsement has catapulted Medview into the league of global players in terms of operational safety and procedures required for global carriers.
He said the airline has fulfilled all the conditions and met all the requirements for it to be given IOSA certificate.With the safety endorsement, Medview has joined the league of other domestic carriers to be enlisted in the IOSA registry. Others include Aero, Arik, Overland and Allied Air.
He said IATA will continue to monitor the operational activities of Medview Airlines to prepare it for the validation of the certification in the next two years, before pursuing the enhanced IOSA.
Fatokun said with the certification, Medview Airlines could negotiate code share and interline agreements with global carriers to enhance its operations.
Speaking on the certification, the Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said it has been a team work and that he dedicate the certification to the entire staff.
IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) audit, indicates that the airline has complied with all safety regulations.
The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.
IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner.
It was created in 2003 by IATA. The program is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of airlines.
Awarding the certificate to the Managing Director of Medview, Alhaji Muneer Bankole and his team, the Regional Director of IATA, Dr. Samson Fatokun lauded the carrier for meeting the stringent conditions for IOSA, stressing that it is good for all carriers in Nigeria to be IOSA certified.
He explained that IOSA became imperative for carriers after African leaders met and agreed that all carriers operating on the continent must be IOSA compliant before 2017.
His words: “If you check IATA registry, you will find Medview Airlines there. They worked for it. It is good to be there and it is more difficult to maintain it. Very soon, you have to continue for renewal. We are moving to E-IOSA.
“E-IOSA is an expansion of the IOSA program and focuses in particular on the continuous quality assurance of operational procedures and processes, encompassing all IOSA disciplines.
“This is done through regular internal assessments and the preparation of a Conformance Report (CR). Qualified auditors and a standardized audit procedure are important prerequisites for this.
For this reason, Aviation Quality Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training, is already qualifying prospective auditors according to the new standard using tailored IOSA training.
“We want to commend Medview. This commendable. We want to ask you to take full advantage of requirement of IOSA to be an IATA member. We plead you don’t come off the registry. It gives you opportunity to be IATA member.”
Muneer thanked IATA for establishing IOSA standards, as he recalled a meeting he had with Etihad recently on the need for partnership.
He disclosed that it took the airline two years to get the certification. He dedicated to the management and staff.
MTN Nigeria, Gameloft Partner to Increase Access to Variety of Exciting Games
MTN Nigeria announced it has partnered with Gameloft, a leader in the development and publishing of games, to increase access to a variety of fun and exciting games online.
The telecommunications giant in collaboration with its new partner, Gameloft announced the launch of MTN Gameworld, a new gaming platform for its subscribers.
According to MTN, the new platform will allow the Nigerian growing gaming community access to a lot of unique games online through an extensive premium catalogue from Gameloft and other renowned publishers.
Commenting on the partnership, Srinivas Rao, the Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria, said, “We are constantly seeking to deliver innovative products that support the aspirations of our customers, whilst delivering superior user experience. This partnership allows us to provide our customers with access to a variety of exhilarating games from Gameloft and other leading publishers at an affordable rate.”
MTN Gameworld will allow subscribed customers access to a variety of games, which they can play at subsidised data rates through the MTN Gameworld app. Android, iOS and Windows phone users can subscribe via SMS, app, web, USSD menu (*447#), 131 USSD menu and any other MTN customer channel.
President Buhari Commissions 5,000bpd Modular Refinery Built in Imo State
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery built by Waltersmith Group in Imo State.
President Buhari, who commissioned the new modular refinery virtually, said the refinery will enable Nigeria to export petroleum products to neighbouring countries and other markets.
The 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery is the first phase of 50,000 barrels per day combined capacity plant planned for Imo State, according to the Group.
Buhari commended Waltersmith Group, an indigenous oil firm, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the collaboration that led to the actualisation of the modular refinery.
President Buhari, therefore, directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Department of Petroleum Resources and all other relevant government agencies to provide Waltersmith all the necessary support in terms of access to crude oil and condensate feedstock.
Buhari said, “We rolled out our refining roadmap in 2018, to address challenges in the downstream sector. After many years of government giving out modular refining licences without any coming on-stream, we are today seeing a commissioning within two years.
“The plan to commence the expansion of this refinery to 50,000bpd capacity, to refine crude oil and condensate, is a demonstration of the economic reform Nigeria is undergoing.
“The realisation of the refinery roadmap will ultimately lead us to becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, not only to our neighbouring countries but to other wide markets,” he said.
Elon Musk Net Worth Jumps by $100 Billion this Year to Topple Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Others
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Tesla, is now the world’s second-richest person following another surge in the price of Tesla share.
Musk total net worth jumped by $7.6 billion to $110 billion between November 16 and 17 to dethrone Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, from the third position.
Since then, Tesla stock has been on a bullish run and in the last 24 hours added $7.24 billion to Elon Musk’s total net worth, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Bringing the billionaire’s total net worth to $128 billion.
Elon Musk’s net worth rose from just $28 billion in January 2020 to $128 billion on November 24, 2020, representing an increase of $100 billion, the highest by any billionaire.
Musk has finally toppled Bill Gates as the second richest person and for the first time, Bill Gates is the third richest man in the world. This is the first time in almost 40 years that Gates will be in the third position.
Billionaires listed on Bloomberg Index have collectively gained $1.3 trillion this year.
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