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DANA flies 2.7 Million Passengers in Nine Years

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  • DANA flies 2.7 Million Passengers in Nine Years

DANA Air has flown over 2.7 million passengers in the past nine years, its Chief Operating Officer/Accountable Manager, Obi Mbanuzuo, has said.

He disclosed this while reviewing the operations of the airline since inception in 2008.

The airline said it has grappled with a myriad of operational challenges in the last nine years in its bid to contribute to the growth of air transport in Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview in Lagos, Mbanuzuo called on government to improve airport facilities and consolidate on the ease of doing business, which he said had improved passengers’ travel experience.

He said DANA Air would continue to take steps to improve industry growth through the recruitment and training of indigenous pilots. Mbanuzuo said: “Our commitment to supporting our own, while still encouraging professionalism and growth in the Nigerian aviation industry, has led to our recruitment and constant training of Nigerian pilots. We are proud of our contribution to the industry and we thank the regulators for being supportive of our efforts in this regard.

“We also took our safety standards a notch higher with our membership of the International Air Transport Association and as it affects statistics from the regulators and considering the number of flights we operate daily, we have not disappointed our guests. Our goal isn’t to improve on what has been achieved, but to totally reimagine it.

“In terms of customer satisfaction, we have raised the bar of our customer service with our newly introduced unit – The Special Service Unit, made up of highly trained staff to attend to urgent needs of our guests on ground in Lagos, Abuja and Uyo airports. And for our digital guests who love to avoid the queues, our self check-in kioks at MMA2, the first of its kind at the terminal is serving their purpose.

“We are also taking our guests the ‘cashless way’ with our ‘pay with Dana Miles’ initiative and we have created multiple channels for our guests to be able to reach and interact with us daily.”

On expansion plans, he said DANA Air after a rigorous audit was selected for an airline partnership with the Imo State Government to provide jobs for the people of the state, boost commercial activities and diversify the economy of the state.

He said: “Only our commitment towards maintaining our operational efficiency could have given us the edge for such partnership and we have commenced strategic plans to cover even more eastern routes, while strengthening and providing options in our expansion drive to other parts of the country.

“This is also part of the desire of the Imo State Government, to open the Eastern part of Nigeria; to further business opportunities, connectivity and maintain its position as the commercial hub of Nigeria.

“We once again thank our guests for finding us worthy of nomination for our numerous Airline of the Year awards, our unveiling as one of Nigeria’s 100 most respected companies, one of Nigeria’s top 50 brands for the second time consecutively and 4th consecutive Best Customer Service airline at the Nigerian Customer Service Awards.

“We avail this opportunity to wish ourselves many more years in the aviation industry and our desire is to see an aviation industry devoid of the multiple issues that airlines have to grapple with, and improved airport facilities.

“We commend the efforts President Muhmmadu Buhari led administration, the Minister of Aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, and the regulators for their commitment towards the ease of doing business and we hope that these efforts are sustained.

“We also thank our guests for their patronage, support and loyalty. We shall be giving out 900 free return tickets, upgrade to Gold membership for our Dana Miles Silver members and loads of surprise packages to our guests for being wonderful as well.

“Our vision is to be recognized and respected as Nigeria’s most reliable and customer-friendly airline, and our mission is to earn the loyalty and respect of our customers by consistently demonstrating our commitment to service, and providing affordable regional air transport services that focus on innovation, quality and service excellence.”

He said: “Since commencing flight operations on November 10, 2008, we are proud to have come this far, creating an exemplary model and setting the standards for a sustainable and efficient airline operation in Nigeria.

“We are also proud to have flown over 2.7 million passengers in the last nine years of our operation and the fact that our on-time performance, world-class in-flight service and customer-centric innovations are still unrivaled.

“This is testament to our obvious passion to keep flying high and offering the best of air transport in the industry.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Businesses Groan as Price of Diesel Rises to N250 Per Litre

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Businesses Groan as Price of Diesel Rises to N250 Per Litre

Businesses have started feeling the negative impact of the rising price of Automotive Gas Oil, known as diesel.

A single litre now goes for N250 in some parts of Lagos, with businesses taking a beating on the back of rising energy costs.

Our correspondent observed that some filling stations in Lagos had increased the price of the product to N250 per litre, while many others sold it at between N220-N245.

Northwest Petroleum along the Oshodi-Apapa road increased the pump price of diesel to N250 per litre; AP (Ardova Plc), along Airport road, Ikeja, N248; and Oando, along Acme Road, N240.

The National Bureau of Statistics, in its AGO price report on Tuesday, said the average price paid by consumers for diesel increased by 0.22 per cent to N224.86 per litre in January 2021 from to N224.37 in December 2020.

It said states with the highest average price of diesel were Adamawa (N268.33), Zamfara (N262.78) and Kebbi (N257.50).

“States with the lowest average price of diesel were Osun (N194.60), Anambra (N195.83) and Enugu (N198.24),” the NBS added.

Crude oil price accounts for a large chunk of the final cost of petroleum products, and the deregulation of the downstream oil sector by the Federal Government means that the pump prices of the products will reflect changes in the international oil market.

The international oil benchmark, Brent crude, has risen by more than 25 per cent this year from the $51.22 per barrel at which it closed last year. It rose to $65.25 per barrel as of 6:30pm Nigerian time on Tuesday.

Diesel is mostly used by businesses to power their generators amid a lack of reliable power supply from the national grid.

The President, Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria, Mr Femi Egbesola, lamented that the recent increase in the price of diesel was taking a heavy toll on businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises.

“The cost of diesel and raw material is giving us a nightmare. The price of diesel has been skyrocketing in a way that creates fear in particularly manufacturers,” he told our correspondent on Tuesday.

According to him, it is difficult for businesses to factor all the increase in diesel price in their final product prices.

Egbesola said, “That is why a lot of companies are downsizing and are making sure that they only produce products that they are so sure will sell in the market.

“Many companies have reduced their product lines significantly just to be able to cope. And that is not good for us because by the time this goes on, unemployment will increase. I believe government should be able to do something about this.”

He said although the downstream petroleum sector had been deregulated, there should be checks and balances.

Egbesola said many small businesses’ savings had been eroded already because ‘we keep spending our savings to make sure we don’t close shop’.

He said, “If things continue this way, there is no way we are not going to close shop. We are still struggling with the recent increase in electricity tariff.

“Many small businesses still depend so much on diesel generators because there is no alternative power supply. It is only the big players that have the facilities to use gas. And we cannot use solar installation because it is very expensive.”

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, relies largely on importation for petrol and other refined products as its refineries have remained in a state of disrepair for many years.

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United Capital Appoints Latunji Head, Marketing/Corporate Communications

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United Capital Appoints Latunji Head, Marketing/Corporate Communications

United Capital Plc has been appointed, Tolu Latunji as its Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications.

In the new role, he is expected to drive a strategic communications, marketing and brand management programme for the investment banking group.

Latunji is a communication and marketing expert with 12 years’ experience in products development, marketing, brand & franchise building, effective management and communication of strategic objectives whilst ensuring adequate visibility for both organisation and product/service offerings through product, content and brand initiatives.

“With a 360 degree knowledge of communications and marketing, which includes but not limited to – brand management and initiatives, corporate affairs, internal and external affairs, product and brand marketing, event management and experiential marketing, cluster/segment marketing, Tolu has served at various capacities on government constituted sub-committees on financial inclusion,” a statement explained.

Prior to joining United Capital Plc, he was the Managing Partner of Ten & Square Media Co., a bespoke creative ideation and brand/crisis management firm, based in Lagos, Dakar and London.

Latunji was recently the Strategic Communications lead at FMDQ Securities Exchange, Nigeria’s first integrated financial market infrastructure (FMI), where he had the responsibility of effectively positioning the group, together with its subsidiaries, as the most sophisticated and technologically driven securities exchange in Africa.

Prior to that, he worked in Guaranty Trust Bank for nine years with roles in brand management & monitoring, events and experiential marketing, products and content marketing and user experience.

He led the marketing team to the successful development and launch of various retail, SME and corporate products. He was also instrumental in curating and developing the bank’s social footprints. Outside the corporate environment, Tolu engages in various humanitarian activities with food banks and empowerment programmes. He holds a B.Sc. Economics from University of Lagos.

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Firm to Train 100 Nigerians in Solar Installation

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Firm to Train 100 Nigerians in Solar Installation

A learning institute, GreCo Academy is seeking to train 100 Nigerians on solar installation in Nigeria.

The trainees are expected to undergo a 90- day intensive vocational training after which successful candidates will be rewarded with a three-month paid internship with a renowned Renewable Energy Company in Nigeria, according to a statement by the firm.

The training will consist of 80 days virtual engagement and 10 days physical engagement.

This initiative, according to the firm is aimed at giving the trained candidates hands-on practical experience in their journey to becoming professional solar installers in the country.

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