NCAA orders Ethiopian Airlines to stop collection of unauthorised charges

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines to stop the collection of  unauthorized charges forthwith.

The order was contained in a statement signed by Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, on Sunday in Lagos.

Adurogboye said these unauthorised charges referred to as” refundable deportation fee” is put at between 75 dollars  and 150 dollars.

According to him, all South Africa bound passengers on Ethiopian Airlines are compelled to pay this amount before boarding.

He noted that the authority had been inundated with several complaints from many passengers that have suffered this fate.

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“According to investigation by NCAA, all outbound passengers to South Africa from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, transiting through Addis Ababa, are liable to pay 75 dollars.

“However, if your transiting time is 24 hours or beyond, the passenger will pay 150 dollars.

“While passengers are not given prior notice concerning these charges before arriving at the airports, some were made to sign undertaken to be responsible for all expenses incurred if deported,” Adurogboye said.

He said consequent upon this, the Ethiopian Airlines’ Country management were summoned by NCAA, where they claimed the fees were always refunded when a passenger was not deported.

Adurogboye said the regulatory authority however found this unacceptable and viewed it as a violation of the its extant regulations.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 18.4.1(iii) stipulates that “all air carriers should obtain approval from the authority to introduce or increase add-on charges or surcharges prior to implementation.

“Till date, the authority has not received any request for fare increase, tariff or add-ons from the airline.

“On this strength, Ethiopian Airlines has been ordered to stop with immediate effect these illegal charges,” he said.

Adurogboye noted that the Airline could take advantage of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CAR) and obtain necessary approvals from the Authority if it has genuine grounds to increase fares or obtain tariffs.

The spokesman said :”the NCAA hereby warns all operating airlines to endeavour to adhere to the regulations in all facets of their operations.

“It is part of our statutory responsibilities to protect the rights of passengers and this we shall continue to do in accordance to the law.” (NAN)

Source: NTA

Lagos To Kano Rail Lines To Link Lagos Ports Directly – Amechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi has expressed confidence that the second segment of the Lagos – Kano Standard Gauge Rail System which would connect the Lagos Port Complex directly has commenced.
Speaking at the one-day National Conference on fast-tracking Ports Reforms at Victoria Island, Lagos today, Hon. Ameachi added that “efforts were on going by the Government to link Nigerian Ports and Terminals to other modes of transport such as roads, air and rail to help in the realization of our noble objective of providing safe, reliable and efficient intermodal transportation system”.
The Honourable Minister also informed the gathering that Government is in the process of establishment of Integrated Port and Maritime Data Centre which would generate reliable trade data that would be readily available to all agencies, operators and stakeholders at all times eliminating inherent abuses.
In her address, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman expressed the need to have an efficient rail system in moving agricultural produce and solid minerals from the locations of production which are mostly hinterland to the Nation’s Seaports for export.
She added that there was already a surge in export of agricultural produce as exemplified in frozen shrimps and prawns, sesame seed, cashew, soya beans and ginger amongst others.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director and Editor in Chief of The Nation Newspapers, Mr. Victor Ifijeh called for immediate resolution of the problems be-labouring the Ports until realizable template with define timelines are reached.
Mr. Ifijeh added that in order to have a lasting success in the sector, agencies within the Ports need to harmonize their plans and carry along other stakeholders in the industry.
The Conference later broke into plenary session where nitty gritty of the theme “Making Nigerian Seaports World Class” was analyzed.
E.E. Nduonofit
General Manager, Public Affairs 
Source: NAN

Abuja Light Rail 93% Completed – FCTA

Infrastructure: Kano-Lagos Railway GaugeThe Acting Secretary, Transportation Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Alhaji AbdulHamid Suleiman, said on Thursday that Abuja Light Rail was 93 per cent completed as at April.

Suleiman made this known in Abuja at media interaction being part of the activities to mark two years in office of the present administration.

“Completion of comprehensive maintenance and office complex buildings at the rolling Stock Depot, Idu, which is four storey building with a total floor area of 12, 503 square metres.

“Completion of permanent way and construction of double track 45.245 km.

Standard guage rail

“Construction work in 10 out of the 12 number railway stations have been completed, while structural works have been completed in the remaining two stations, ’’ he said.

According to him, installations of signalling and communication equipment at the 10 completed railway stations and the Idu Rolling Depot have been completed.

Suleiman said, “Processed Interim Payment Certificates (IPC) Numbers 21 to 26 in the total of N27, 657, 420, 903. 57 ($ 102, 667, 533,.18) FCTA as April 2017 has paid $256, 698, 353.72 and EXIM Bank of China $361, 792, 834.

“The balance to complete the project includes FCTA $66, 842, 192.15 and EXIM Bank of China $138, 207, 165.53,’’ he said.

The acting secretary said Oct. is the projected date of completion for Lots 1A and 3, while test running of the project will commence from Nov.

He said the Award of Addendum contract for phase 2 of Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project, Lot 1B (26.775km) and the remaining part of Lot 1A (5.76km) is ongoing.

“This also include Exclusive Bus Lane (Transit Way) along the Lot 1B and supply of Rolling Stocks, including operation and management services at the $1, 792, 994, 595.12 with a completion period of 54 months.

“The feasibility study and conceptual design for the remaining Lots 4, 5 and 6 is under procurement.

“These Lots are available for concession under Design, Build and Operate basis, while Lot 2 is still available upon approval by the FCT Administration for release,’’ he added.

Suleiman said the project was awarded on May 25, 2007 to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for the final construction of Lots 1 and 3.

He said the cost of the project was $841.64 million with the completion period of 48 months.

“This consisted of approximately 60.67 kilometres of standard gauge double railway track and associated permanent way within FCT.

“In Aug. 2012, due to deficiencies noticed in the estimations, the scope of the contract was varied to $823, 540 million for the final design and construction of Lots A1 and 3. NAN

Source: NTA

Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce on development of ICT sector

The Senate has pledged its preparedness to work with the US Chamber of Commerce African Business Centre to develop the nation’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector towards diversifying the nation’s economy and creating jobs.
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki made the pledge in Abuja when the Group led by Ms. Leila Ndiaye visited him ahead of the launch of the ICT Working Group in Abuja.
Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, thanked the US Chamber forus chamber of commerce their interest in working together with relevant agencies to develop Nigeria’s ICT sector.
He stated that the upcoming launching of the Working Group is timely for the country as the nation seeks to diversify its economy and develop new avenues to lower the unemployment rate, particularly among the youth.
He noted that the activities of the Working Group will create many Public Private Partnership (PPP) opportunities and assured the delegation of the National Assembly’s commitment to the development of the nation’s ICT infrastructure for both commercial and social advancement.
“For ICT to thrive and lead to the creation of jobs and other social services, the National Assembly and the US Chamber of Commerce would need to work together to initiate laws that would create an environment that is attractive to foreign investments, support local startups and encourage global competitive models,” he said.
Saraki said: “What I think I know how to do is how to make things happen in government. What we need to do is to sit down with you and see what laws we need to pass, what laws do we need to amend, what regulations do we need to review to strengthen the ICT sector in Nigeria to truly create jobs and create opportunities that will bring investors to the sector.”
He called on the Working Group to come up with a report specifying what laws need to be passed to support the development and growth of the ICT industry in the country.
“Our responsibility is that when you give us that road map, we can come up with some documentation that will highlight the priority on what to do, and I can assure you that it will not be an exercise in futility,” he said.
He also said it is imperative for government to look at ways of eliminate multiple taxation across local and state jurisdictions and provide other incentives to lower the operating costs of fledgling technology firms.
He however reiterated the Senates’s support for the Working Group for the delivery of their mandate.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Ms Leila Ndiaye, told the Senate President that the purpose of the Working Group is to bring together public and private organizations that are interested in developing Nigeria’s ICT sector to enhance its commercial and social impact.
“The idea is to get the Working Group to review the relevant laws and regulations governing the ICT sector and determine a list of priority reform recommendations,” Ms Ndiaye said.
Source: NTA

Legislative squabbles delaying quick passage of PIB – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has confirmed reports that there were bits of internal disputes between the Senate and House of Representatives over the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), ThisDay reports.

Kachikwu, who spoke to select journalists at the just concluded 2017 edition of the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas, United States, noted that the House had insisted on undertaking its own legislative exercise on the PIB despite the Senate’s request that it (House) adopts what it (Senate) had done at its committee stages with the bill to save time and perhaps financial expenses on repeating the same process but this had not gone down well with the House.

He however added; “The Senate has gone very far, and one of the things I have done is that I have held a meeting with the leadership of the House to try to get them to start their process to catch up with the Senate and they can adopt what the Senate has and look at it rather than begin a fresh process, and I think we are almost aligned on that and they are likely going to adopt what the Senate has and then the joint committee can come up maybe in July.”

Source: http://energymixreport.com

GE plans 2GW of hydroelectric power in Nigeria

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General Electric is planning to install hydroelectric plants that will generate additional two gigawatts of electricity in the country by 2030 in view the the nation’s growing power demands, The Punch reports.

This is part of 29GW hydropower expansion projects to be executed by the American multinational corporation in four African countries in the next 13 years. The President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro, GE Renewable Energy, Yves Rannou, gave this indication in the corporation’s latest report, ahead of the 2017 World Hydropower Congress.

He explained that if Africa would expand into renewable energy, its effort should be supported by robust infrastructure. Rannou said, “In 2016, more than 3GW of hydropower capacity was put into operation with plans to grow its installed base in the years to come. There are also plans for an additional 7GW in Angola; +2GW in Mozambique and Nigeria; +2GW in Morocco; and +18GW in Ethiopia by 2030.”

Source: http://energymixreport.com

Nigeria must return to regional electricity grids – Thomas

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The President, Nigeria Gas Association, Mr. Dada Thomas, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Oil Limited, while speaking during an interview with The Punch on the inefficiencies in the gas to power sector, among other issues, has called for a return to regional electricity grids across the country.

He said; “The transmission is a major problem. In my view, we cannot continue to have a one-grid system. We need to go back to regional grids and take the excess from a region and feed it into another regional grid that doesn’t have enough. In the old days, Jos, Enugu and Lagos had regional grids. It is a huge investment and that is why it cannot be the sole role of the Nigerian government which we know hasn’t got funds to attack such problems.”

“We may have to partner the private sector to achieve this; and as the Gencos and Discos were privatised, please we are calling on the Nigerian government to privatise transmission. People have argued that it is a security issue. Why are we being paranoid about something that is an illusion? Not having electricity is a greater security risk in my view because it is depressing the ability to create economic opportunities for millions of unemployed youths. That is the greatest security risk,” he added.

Source: http://energymixreport.com

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