The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has released its executive summary for 2022, and the numbers are not promising for air travelers.
According to the report, foreign airlines operating in the country declared no fewer than 48,234 pieces of luggage as either delayed or missing.
The report attributed the problem to excess luggage and the non-availability of enough capacity by the airlines involved to carry the luggage.
Of the 48,234 missing pieces of luggage, 41,435 were later found, while 6,799 of the luggage could not be traced. At least 24 of the airlines that operate in Nigeria during the period under review were involved in the missing luggage, with KLM recording the highest number of missing luggage with 5,622. Air France followed with 5,480, and Delta Airline with 4,342.
Other airlines that made the list of missing luggage include Egypt Air with 4,247, Qatar Air with 4,221, Royal Air Maroc with 3,766, Lufthansa with 3,633, Rwand Air with 2,827, British Airways with 2,814, and Virgin Atlantic with 2,812.
Turkish Airlines recorded 1,657 missing luggage, Ethiopian Air with 1,380, Africa World with 1,300, United Airlines with 841, Air Cote d’Ivoire with 671, Asky Airline with 879, South African Airways with 622, Emirates with 174, Keyan Air with 754, and Middle East Airline with 69, Investors King report.
The report showed that the first quarter of 2022 recorded a total of 8,437 missed luggage, with 8,214 of them later found. The second quarter saw 15,923 missed luggage, and 13,236 of them were later found, leaving 2,687 still missing.
The last quarter of the year under review witnessed the highest number of missed luggage with 23,874, with 20,035 later disclosed, and 3,839 luggage had yet to be found.
When asked if the missing luggage was due to the carelessness of the airline or the passengers, the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said: “The respective airlines are in a better position to answer the question. However, our people usually travel out light and return heavy. This usually led to some luggage being dropped till when there was space to accommodate them. But note that the next available flight priority will be passengers originally scheduled for that flight. So, it may not be due to carelessness. But once it was established that it was an outright loss, the airline involved would have to compensate the owner as required.”
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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024
Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.
This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.
Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.
These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.
The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.
Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.
The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.
This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.
Foreign Embassies Given Two Weeks to Settle $5.36M in Ground Rents
The Nigerian Government has issued a firm ultimatum to 43 foreign embassies and diplomatic houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, demanding the settlement of outstanding ground rents totaling $5.36 million within two weeks.
In an official advertorial published by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the Newspaper, the government emphasized the urgency of the matter.
Failure to comply within the stipulated period could result in the revocation of the rent titles held by the diplomatic entities.
The notice serves as a final warning to embassies, including prominent ones like the British High Commission, South African High Commission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Embassy of Japan, among others.
These embassies and diplomatic entities have been identified as defaulters in the payment of their ground rents.
This directive underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring compliance with legal obligations and financial commitments within its jurisdiction, regardless of the status of the entities involved.
The ultimatum is reminiscent of a similar notice issued last September to organizations in Abuja, emphasizing the importance of timely payment of annual rents.
The consequence of non-compliance, as stated in the notice, is the potential revocation of land titles.
The deadline creates a sense of urgency among the affected diplomatic missions, as failure to meet the payment deadline could lead to diplomatic tensions and logistical challenges for the embassies involved.
As the clock ticks, attention is focused on how these foreign embassies will respond to the Nigerian government’s ultimatum and whether they will meet the financial obligations within the stipulated timeframe.
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