National Carrier: Sirika finetunes previous regime programes.

“National Carrier” appears to be an anthem for every minister of aviation that comes into power in Nigeria, though corruption and bureaucratic bottlenecks will always put the spanner in the works. Currently, it is the turn of Haddi Sirika, the current minister of state for Aviation, to pick up the tune. Speaking at an International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, conference ongoing, Sirika insisted that he is not predisposed to jettison the ideas of previous administrations, that he will only fine tune them as far as the National Carrier issue is…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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NCAA: Professional considerations jettisoned in Appointment of New Directors,Says Aviation Unions

The recent appointments of Directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is already causing turbulence in the industry as Unions take up arms against what one staff called pecuniary considerations for technical and sensitive positions. A cross section of staff talked to by this magazine felt that imposition of some Directors on the Agency was tantamount to the killing of aviation in the industry. “Every decision taken by the ministry under this government appears directed to kill the industry. Look at Arik. Every body knows that any airline taken over…

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Kaduna Airport: Fears of missing deadline as Foreign Airlines desert Kaduna

Despite heavy security promised by the security agencies, foreign airlines are still reluctant to carry their passengers to Kaduna en route Abuja.Only Ethiopian Airline has agreed to fly in to kaduna even after the invitations by the government for inspection of the facilities. Lufthansa, for example, has been equivocal in their position on the issue, and British Airways have categorically decided it is not worth the risk. The flight diversion is effective march 8 to April 9. The Police has declared their preparedness for the month long diversion, while the…

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