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‘Emirates Airline loses revenue over Abuja, Kano suspension’



Reeling under huge revenue losses, Nigerian travel agents have asked Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s mega carriers to return to the Abuja and Kano routes.

The representative of the travel agents based in Abuja, the managing director/CEO of Chubas Travel Services and Emirates tickets sales representative in Abuja, Hon. Usman Ibrahim said Emirates exit from the Abuja and Kano routes was having huge impact on their ticket sales and profit margins of the agencies and government.

Though he declined to say exactly how much the travel agents may have lost from not selling Emirates tickets to Abuja and Kano travelers, data examined by our correspondent showed that the travel agents may have lost in excess of N2 billion from commissions in 10 months.

Emirates stopped its flight operations to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at the end of October 2016 following its inability to buy forex and remit its sales.

The airline had also cited the bad runway at the Abuja airport and scarcity of jet A1 (aviation fuel) as other reasons why it was pulling out of the second busiest route in Nigeria but all of these have been addressed by the Nigerian government. Forex now is available to airlines on demand and aviation fuel is no longer scarce. Also, the damaged Abuja runway has been fixed.

Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources that, Emirates has applied to increase its flight frequency in Lagos from one daily to two, but which the Federal Government has refused to grant.

The government insists that if Emirates wanted more frequencies in Nigeria, it should fly into Abuja or Kano or both and not seek to increase Lagos’.  (DAILY TRUST)


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BREAKING: You Are Free To #Japa From Nigeria If You Want – Presidency





BREAKING: You Are Free To #Japa From Nigeria If You Want – Presidency—The presidency has insisted that the recent increase in migration from Nigeria is not peculiar to the country alone or a new development.

Appearing on a Channels Television program on Sunday, November 27, presidential aide Femi Adesina stated that the average Nigerian have always wanted to leave and people should not equate it to something being wrong.


Adesina said; 


“The average Nigerian had always wanted to leave. And it is not just in Nigeria. It is in most countries of the world, particularly in the third world.

“They always believe that it is greener on the other side.

“You see, the truth is that if you have an opportunity to better yourself in any part of the world, there is nothing wrong with it. If you think migrating legally is good for you, all well and good. By all means, go!

“But you cannot now say that because people are leaving, then it is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong.

“There are Nigerians who would never leave the country no matter how things are”.

Adesina also spoke about the country’s security, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would hand over a safer country.


He added; 


“No doubt about it. He would leave a safer country. When he came in 2015, you could not be sure Nigeria would exist in the next one month. As of 2015, what was happening was that nobody could confidently say that Nigeria would be on the map in the following next week, month or year. But we saw that he came and took the battle to the insurgency.

“When he came, the insurgency was the main thing and he took the battle to them. Then, it became hydra-headed – banditry, kidnapping for ransom, cultism, and separatist agitations joined. How many challenges can one administration really confront? That’s the issue with the Buhari administration. From day one till now, it was from one challenge to the other.”

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JUST IN: Finally, Police Reveal Identity Of Man Caught With WEAPON At Peter Obi’s Labour Party Rally 




Peter Obi’s Labour Party Rally 

JUST IN: Finally, Police Reveal Identity Of Man Caught With WEAPON At Peter Obi’s Labour Party Rally —The Oyo State Police Command has given insight on how a man caught with a double-faced Jack-knife at the Labour Party presidential campaign rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was arrested.

A video of the man caught with the weapon at the Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba, Ibadan, had trended on Twitter.

Some eyewitnesses had alleged that the suspect positioned himself in a place the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi was expected to walk through to the podium.

Reports also claimed that the Wednesday incident was an assassination attempt on the former Anambra governor.

But a statement issued on Saturday by the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, said the report was untrue, misleading and a product of a figment of the author’s imagination.

According to the PPRO, preliminary investigations revealed that the event was “characterized with effective deployment of operational, tactical and intelligence assets which was monitored under the highest levels of professionalism”.

Identifying the suspect as Lateef Wasiu, the command’s spokesman said the suspect was arrested by “Police operatives stationed at the venue for being in possession of a concealed weapon, a double-faced Jack-knife on the inside of his suit in violation of the 2022 Electoral Act and other guiding regulations.

“Assertively, the Command wishes to re-iterate again that there was no assassination attempt on the life of Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential Aspirant of the Labour Party contrary to widespread, unfounded speculations”.

The statement added that Lateef Wasiu has already been charged to court.

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Nigeria’s Conservator General Tasks Park Officers On Good Legacy




Nigeria’s Conservator General Tasks Park Officers On Good Legacy

Nigeria’s Conservator General Tasks Park Officers On Good Legacy—-Dr Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator General (CG) of the National Park Service on Friday charged the officers of the service to leave good legacies.

Goni said this at the valedictory service of the Assistant Conservator General, Dr Agboola Okeyoyin as he retires from the service.

The CG said that the legacy a man leaves behind whether good or bad will speak for him.

“Let us therefore strive to leave good legacies so that our successors will be proud of us when we are no more in the service,” he said.

Goni described life as transient saying that indeed everything on earth has its own time and season.

“Life has given us another opportunity to take stock of who we are, what we’ve done and what we will do,” he said.

The CG commended Okeyoyin for his doggedness and hard work while he was in service acknowledging that he would be greatly missed.

Earlier, Okeyoyin urged young officers of the service to learn from their predecessors.

He advised them to be united as they went about discharging their duties in the service.

Newsmen reports that a passing out parade was staged in honour of Okeyoyin.

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