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FG Reopens Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Seeks Users Commitment

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FG Seeks Users’ Commitment as it Reopens Ibiam Airport

The Federal Government has urged Travellers from the south-east region to increase their commitment towards the Aviation sector as it reopened the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

This was disclosed by Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the reopening ceremony on Sunday.

It would be recalled that on August 24, 2019, FAAN shut down the operation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in response to the complaints of prominent people of the South East region, who called government attention to the deplorable state of the airport. They described it ‘as a death trap.’

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation swung into action immediately and rehabilitated the airport to avoid a potential catastrophe.

Upon completion, Sirika urged the people in the region to increase their commitment by using the airport to the fullest of its capacity.

The Minister said “FAAN management has been given the mandate to ensure that periodic maintenance is carried out diligently so that we will not have to go through a painful experience of closure again. May I ask the government and people in this region to increase their commitment by using this airport to the fullest of its capacity? This airport will be placed in concession to ensure value for money.”

He said the rehabilitation of the airport had shown the president dedication towards the infrastructural development of the South-east.

Sirika explained that the airport has been upgraded to international standards and very soon international carriers would be landing and taking off passengers from there.

“With the airport reopening today, it is now open to local flights and on the 5th September, international flights will resume as soon as we begin to allow them into the country.

“In the next few days, most flights will commence. Ethiopian Airlines and
many other airlines that receive approval to come here will come here.” Sirika said.

He said it was the wishes of some stakeholders in the aviation industry to limit international flight services to only Lagos and Abuja airports, but he ensured that Enugu, Port Harcourt and Kano airports were upgraded for international operations to satisfy travellers from the regions.

“Stakeholders wanted us to only make Abuja and Lagos airport international airports and use smaller aircraft to ferry passengers to their locations. I am a policy maker and look at the haves and the have-nots. It will cost an average businessman about $1,000 to book hotel and board flights to come down to these airports from Lagos and Abuja. We will serve you where you are. I made sure Enugu airport meets all international standard that it requires,” Sirika said.

The minister applauded the efforts of the Enugu State government, NCAA and FAAN in ensuring that the rehabilitating of the airport was successful.

“I also thank the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for performing their duties and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) for giving the project all the attention it deserves.
Sirika stated.

The airport is currently opened for daylight operations between 6:30 am to 7:00 pm.

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FG Introduces NEXIT Portal for Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries

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The Federal Government has introduced a new online portal for exited Npower beneficiaries of batch A and B.

According to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, the portal was launched in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable exited Npower beneficiaries apply for available federal government empowerment options.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, the media aide to the minister, on Friday.

The ministry said the NEXIT portal will be used to determine the suitability of exited beneficiaries for various CBN-affiliated programmes.

She explained that selection will be based on the conditions and criteria set by the apex bank.

Ms Farouq, therefore, urged interested exited Npower beneficiaries to log on to the NEXIT portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into central bank’s intervention options.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

“Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavours.”

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Ellah Lakes Partner Ondo State Government to Develop Oil Palm, Cassava in the State

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The management of Ellah Lakes Plc said it has partnered with Ondo State Government to develop and manage 5000 hectares of land for the purpose of cultivating oil palm and cassava in Ondo State, Nigeria.

The company stated in a statement signed by Kenechi Ezezika, Company Secretary, Ellah Lakes Plc.

Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said: “This is a significant landmark for the Company in the development of our landbank, & we are very excited to be working with ODSG.

I am delighted that we are fulfilling our strategic objective of progressively expanding our land bank & diversifying our portfolio and production base. I am also glad to say that the intercropping programme in Edo State is progressing steadily & we have achieved our first milestone of 100Hectares of Cassava with the participation of personnel of the Agricultural Development Program (ADP), in Edo State”.

The Special Adviser on Development & Investment to the Ondo State Governor/ Chief Executive Officer of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Akinboye Oyewumi, who also spoke on the development said: “We are pleased with this collaboration with Ellah Lakes Plc., and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture.”

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Unilever Nigeria Appoints Mr Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director

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Unilever Nigeria Plc announced it has appointed Mr. Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director of the company effective from January 2021.

The company stated in a statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Mr Jaime Aguilera worked with Coca-cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble before joining Unilever as Executive Vice President Unilever Eastern Europe in September 2016.

Therefore, his experience spans from Europe, Americas and Asia.

His key expertise areas are “in Sales & Marketing and he has lead teams in Spain, Brazil, South Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico and Global teams.

“In 2009, he joined Unilever Spain as EVP & Chairman and then moved to his current role as Unilever Executive Vice President Africa, leading the Unilever business in Africa. Jaime is of Spanish origin and is an alumnus of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas- ICADE. Jaime majored in Economic Sciences, Management & Business Administration.”

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