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The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers on Wednesday left hundreds of passengers stranded as they picketed the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two.

The unions’ officials, who were said to have arrived at the terminal as early as 6am, barricaded the entrance with their vehicles, preventing passengers, business owners, airlines’ workers and other airport users from gaining access into the terminal.

The picketing, which lasted till early evening, the leaders of the unions said was due to the disengagement of some workers ofby Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the MMA2.

Hundreds of passengers missed their flights out of Lagos as the terminal accommodates over five airlines that operate their daily flights from there.

Although no figure has been quoted, the airlines are expected to lose millions of naira due to their inability to operate normally.

The Media and Communications Manager, Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, told our correspondent that over 100 passengers missed their early morning flights, while one of the airline’s employees was injured during a disagreement with the protesting members of the unions.

“We will later calculate our losses because the protesters were here all day. We operated few flights today, only those from outside Lagos were allowed to come in,” he said.

The unions had in a circular dated October 5, 2018, threatened to shut down operations at the terminal on October 10 over the sacking of 20 employees, who indicated interest to join the unions.

They said the notice was issued following the refusal of the BASL management to cooperate with the interventions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and other airport security agencies over the issue.

The notice read in part, “By this notice, all aviation workers connected with the MMA2, including the employees of BASL, are hereby directed to withdraw their services as above notified and join other members in the organised protest activities at the terminal on that date as from 6am.

“By this notice also, all business enterprises, including airlines, are hereby advised to note this development and make alternative arrangements as may be feasible. In a similar manner, the travelling publics are equally advised to seek alternative travelling points, or dates.”

The management of BASL, however, obtained a restraining order from a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday stopping the unions from the planned disruption of activities.

The BASL also issued a statement saying, “We will like to bring it to the attention of the entire public that the Federal High Court in Lagos, in suit number FHC/L/CS/16412/18, has granted an order restraining the unions from carrying out their threats of disrupting the activities of the terminal.

“Pursuit to this order, members of the unions found in the premises of MMA2 would be liable to trespass. We reserve our right under the law of Nigeria to deal with such persons as trespassers.”

The BASL also assured customers and passengers of the MMA2 that they would continue to have seamless access to the facility, adding that it was fully aware of the plan by the unions to disrupt the operations of the terminal and that it reserved the right to ensure that its operations and services were not interrupted in any way whatsoever.

The General Secretary, NAAPE, Aba Ocheme, however, told our correspondent that the unions were not served any court order.

“The court order exists only in the media because none of the three unions was served,” he stated.

According to him, the unions took a break at sunset on Wednesday and would continue today (Thursday) until their demands are met.

He stated that the leadership of the unions met with the Airport Police Command and had agreed that other airport users would not be affected.

“We have agreed to abide by the normal security procedures so that road users will not be disturbed as we continue with the strike on Thursday,” he added.

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Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others

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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.

 

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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director

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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.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

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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.

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