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NCAA Fines Lyxor N9.5m for Airspace Violation

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  • NCAA Fines Lyxor N9.5m for Airspace Violation

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has fined Lyxor International, a non-schedule general aviation operator, N9.5m for violating the terms of its approved flight clearances.

The NCAA, in the Letter of Sanction written to the airline, said its Aviation Safety Inspectors on February 16, 2017, during a routine ramp inspection of the airline’s Bombardier Challenger CL605 aircraft, found it culpable of the infraction.

In a statement on Sunday, the NCAA said, “Upon this discovery, the aircraft with registration mark T7-YES was immediately grounded by the Aviation Safety Inspectors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“However, the aircraft was subsequently released after the payment of N3m on volitional condition on account of a possible civil sanction. This was in addition to an undertaken to comply with any sanction applicable as a result of the violation.”

The NCAA stated that the airline’s response to its letter of investigation was found unsatisfactory after due consideration, adding that there was clear evidence from the flight records that the aircraft was operated within the Nigerian airspace in violation of its flight clearances between the December 11, 2016 and February 15, 2017.

The NCAA letter read in part, “In accordance with IS 1.3.3.3. Table 2 viii (6) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig CARS 2015), you are hereby sanctioned for failure to comply with the conditions of approved flight clearance for non-schedule international air services. This provides for a moderate civil penalty of N500,000 per violation.”

“The airline is hereby required to pay the sum of N6.5m (i.e. N500,000 x 13). For the 13 times the aircraft ought to have flown out of Nigerian airspace in compliance with the approved clearances but was stationed in Nigeria.

“In addition, for the six times the aircraft violated the approved routes, the operator shall pay a moderate civil sanction of N3m (i.e.N500,000 x 6).

The respondent shall, however, pay the sum of N6.5m having made a deposit of N3,000,000 towards possible sanctions.”

According to the NCAA, the airline is expected to pay the fine within seven days of receipt of the letter.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, has advocated for regular interactions between the regulatory authority and Airline Operators of Nigeria.

He made this call during a meeting with the airline operators in his office to discuss various issues affecting the industry, including the NCAA’s directive to the airlines to meet the deadline of automating the remittance of five per cent ticket and cargo sales charge, among others.

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Npower News on Permanency for Batch A, B

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Npower News on Permanency for Batch A and Batch B

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, recently said the exited and eligible N-power beneficiaries will be absorbed into government programmes and by private organisations for a permanent job.

On N-power Permanency, she said “We have directed Focal Persons of National Social Investment Programmes in the states to submit an updated list of the exited N-Power beneficiaries that are interested in participating in the transition plans of the ministry.

On stipend, she said the payment has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and outstanding stipends paid to exited N-power beneficiaries of Batch A and B.

“Meanwhile, approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.

“The approval for payments for up to the month of June, 2020 for the two Batches has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) for final checks and payments.

“The only outstanding approval waiting to be forwarded to AGF’s Office is for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries,” she said.

The minister said she has requested the details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection. She promised to communicate that to the affected beneficiaries.

Several organisations and stakeholders have called on Federal Government not to disengage Batch A and B beneficiaries but rather absorbed them into government parastaNpower News on Permanencytals to further ease the unemployment rate.

Appealing to Federal Government, Umuahia, National Chairman of Isun Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Sir Isaac Nkole said, ”The introduction of N-Power stands out as one of the best policies of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of graduates have been engaged through the scheme. Some of them are in N-Teach, N-Agro, N-Tax and N-build. I appeal to President Buhari not to listen to anyone advising him to disengage the beneficiary as being speculated that the programme will be stopped by the 26th of this month.

“The questions are; If you disengage these graduates that are helping to improve the quality of education in primary schools, where do you want them to go? Is it to the over-saturated labour market or the crime industry?

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Visa and She Leads Africa Partner to Deepen Support for African Female Entrepreneurs

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Visa, She Leads Africa Partner to Deepen Support for African Female Entrepreneurs

Visa Inc and She Leads Africa, an organisation that empowers female entrepreneurs in Africa, have joined forces to deepen support for over 700,000 African female entrepreneurs.

According to a statement put out by Visa, the partnership is part of Visa’s ‘Where you Shop Matters’ initiatives launched earlier in June to champion and enable entrepreneurs across Africa.

The global payment company said women are the backbone of African economies. The company backed this up with the 2018/2019 report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Women’s Entrepreneurship that estimated that 21.8 percent of women from sub-Saharan Africa are entrepreneurs, the highest in the world.

Corine Mbiaketcha, Visa General Manager for East Africa, said “our partnership with She Leads Africa, will enable us to engage over 700,000 female entrepreneurs across Africa through digital channels and direct engagements with female-owned businesses.”

Afua Osei, Co-Founder of She Leads Africa, said “we are so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Visa to support the incredible women in our community with learning and growth opportunities. Our community is passionate and committed to making an impact with their businesses and partnering with Visa enables us to share resources that will help them take it to the next level.

African women entrepreneurs continue to face a myriad of challenges ranging from cultural barriers that require overcoming the narrow classification of child-bearer and or home manager, to a shortage of role models, inadequate access to financial assistance and limited educational opportunities.

Mbiaketcha concludes, “There are too many reasons why female-led organisations fail to flourish and we as Visa are committed to addressing these challenges by partnering with organisations such as She Leads Africa so that we can empower the next generation of female African businesses owners with the tools to not only survive but to thrive.”

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Fuel Scarcity Looms as NARTO Directs Tanker Drivers to Halt Operations

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NARTO Tells Fuel Tanker Drivers to Ground Operations

The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has directed all tanker drivers under the association to halt operations following the government’s directive banning operations of petroleum trucks more than 45,000 litres on Nigerian roads.

NARTO, the umbrella association of all commercial vehicles owners in Nigeria engaged in the haulage of petroleum products, general cargoes, and movement of goods and passengers within the country and the West-African sub-region, said members of the association will park their truck on Tuesday and Wednesday as warning against the ban.

Speaking on the situation in Abuja, NARTO’s National President, Yusuf Othman, said: “NARTO received with grave shock the recent government decision to place immediate ban on all petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying Nigeria roads.”

Othman explained that government’s sudden ban was insensitive and unappreciative of tankers efforts at strengthening the supply chain of petroleum products across the nation.

He said, “In view of the above, we are therefore constrained to allow the decision of all our members to park their trucks as from tomorrow, 22nd to 23rd September, 2020, to prevail as warning.

“And furthermore, issue 10-day ultimatum with effect from 24th September, 2020, for a full blown withdrawal of service.”

He added, “If such scenarios occur, we earnestly plead with those who will lose employment, income and the general public that will be negatively affected by this avoidable situation.”

NARTO argued that it was discouraging and distressing to abruptly enforced new policy without giving tanker drivers time to phase out affected trucks.

Othman said, “The leadership of NARTO is not in any way against the decision of the Federal Government to ban the use of trucks with more than 45,000 litres capacity in the conveyance of petroleum products considering the dilapidated state of Nigerian roads.

“But NARTO is particularly concerned about the sudden and prompt nature of the ban. We consider the approach to be highly insensitive to the huge investments the owners of these trucks have made and debts they incurred in executing the mandate given by previous administration.”

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