Mr Esayas Haliu, Managing Director, Ethiopian International Services, says African countries must adopt the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) to increase the continent’s share of global air traffic.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Haliu made the call in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia.
NAN reports that SAATM was ratified by the African Union Governments in January 2018, to increase connectivity within the continent and also develop the aviation sector through mutual cooperation.
While Nigeria, Ethiopia and other 22 African countries had signed the treaty, some other governments had been delaying in signing the agreement.
However, Haliu said the Africa would continue to lag behind until the governments decide to work together and maximise the opportunities that abound in the continent.
He said , “Africa only has three per cent of the global air traffic. As we are speaking 80 per cent of African traffic is taken by non African airlines, so all of us put together we have only 20 per cent.
“So we need to attack that 80 per cent. We need to eclipse that. 80 per cent should be African airlines and 20 per cent should be non African airlines.
“That is our continent, that is our traffic and so for more African countries to come, the traffic which is not in the hands of the African airlines is much more.
“We have a lot more to play with. it’s not as if we have to scramble for that same 20 per cent No! We don’t settle for that and we want to contribute more than three per cent of the global air traffic, which we are doing now.”
Haliu said many African nation’s had been giving fifth freedom rights to non African airlines while denying their fellow Africans of such services.
He said : “SAATM is a very good solution for Africa to put its hands together, organise itself together and thrive.
So, SAATM is the best thing that can happen to Africa because air traffic connectivity is a tool for economy, cultural exchange, tourism, regional tourism as well as people and goods transaction.
“Africa has been transacting with overseas 90 per cent and only 10 per cent local economic transaction.
“Africa needs to buy and sell with each other, we need to do business with each other, so for that instead of building 30,000 km rail and road, just three km of runway can connect people and goods in the continent of Africa.”
Haliu said that was why Ethiopian Airlines was going to different African countries to help test start their national carriers, adding that this would ensure that monies within Africa stays on the continent.
According to him, some of the countries currently enjoying the partnership include Togo, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique and Chad, while the airline has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ghana.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
Leadership tussle: Council head sues for peace among Bodija Market traders
Mrs Romoke Opabunmi, the acting Head of Local Government Administration (HLA), Aare Latoosa Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ibadan, has appealed to the warring factions in the Bodija Market leadership tussle to embrace peace.
This was contained in a statement issued by the council’s Head of Information Unit, Alhaja Yetunde Oladepo-Fadipe and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Ibadan.
recalls that crisis had recently broken out among traders at the popular market over who becomes the Iyaloja (woman head).
The statement said that Opabunmi had, at an enlarged emergency peace and security meeting held at the council secretariat, pleaded with all the parties involved in the crisis to embrace peace.
“I want to appeal to the parties involved in the Bodija market leadership tussle, to embrace peace within the market and its environs,” she said.
The acting HLA said that all the documents retrieved from the two parties contesting for the ‘Iyaloja’ title would be forwarded to the state ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters for prompt intervention.
She urged them to remain calm, while further resolutions would be communicated to them as might be directed by the ministry.
The statement said that the meeting was attended by heads of departments in the LCDA, community leaders, religious leaders, security agents and market leaders within the council area.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Okowa greets Sultan of Sokoto at 63
The governor felicitations was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba.
He commended the Sultan for his untiring efforts at promoting and advancing the cause of peace, unity and positive development in the country.
Okowa said that Nigerians at all levels appreciated the Sultan for his immense contributions toward building bridges of unity and peaceful coexistence among the citizenry.
“My family, the Government and people of Delta felicitate with you, the Sokoto Emirate Council, the Government and people of Sokoto State on the occasion of your 63rd birthday anniversary.
“Your usual timely and wise counseling on national issues keeps us, leaders, in check at all times.
“We acknowledge your exemplary role as head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and co-Chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
“We also appreciate your support for education in Nigeria as a key to the promotion and protection of human life and dignity because man has no dignity without education.
“As you continue to use your exalted throne to promote peace, unity and positive development in the Caliphate and across our nation, be rest assured of the support, partnership and cooperation of the government and people of Delta.”
Okowa prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Sultan more years of good health to continue in his many services to the nation.
Pastor urges government to explore teenagers talents
By Emmanuel Oloniruha
Abuja, Aug. 25 Pastor Paul Adegbola, the Pastor in Charge of Teens Assembly, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Medaiyese Regional Headquarters, Garki, has urged government to exlore teenagers talent for national development.
Adegbola gave the advice on Sunday in Abuja at the graduating ceremony of the church’s 2019 Rhema Bible School.
He said there was need for government to create enabling environment for teenagers to explore their hidden talents.
“If government create enabling environment for teenagers to make use of their talents, this country will move forward.
“If Nigeria teens can put their minds in great things, God can use them to revive the country.”
The pastor also advised teenagers to seek God, know and fear Him at their early stage in life.
“A lot of teenagers have bundles of talents but they don’t know that they have something.
“It is critical for them to seek God, the giver of that talent so that they can channel their energies, passions to God and grow up fulfilled.”
Adegbola said that the bible schools which began 17 years ago had positively impacted on people who passed through it.
“Today, many of them have graduated working and above all we are seeing changes spiritually.”
He said that the school was established when the church noticed that some teenagers were not purposefully engaged during schools holiday.
In her sermon, one of the teenagers who preached during the church Sunday service, Miss Dorcas Awotunde, titled “Triumphant Teenagers in the 21st century”, advised teenagers to prioritise God.
Awotunde said that teenage life is made up of spiritual, academic, social and emotional aspects that must be balanced.
She said that achieving success in each of the aspects required playing of key roles by the teenagers themselves, their parents and the church.
Awotunde urged teenagers to have faith in God, trust in Him and develop their spiritual life to be able to conquer challenges of life.
“The social aspect focus on your relationship with other people. At this stage a lot of teenagers focus on the reigning styles, music and others.
“At this stage you want to know the kind of friends you need, you try to realise your inner self and where you fit into society. The internet is also part of the social life.
“In this stage I beg our parents not to shun us, instead they should be close to us, to guide and encourage us,” Awotunde said.
The Coordinator of the School, Mrs Monisola Fadoju, said that the school was established to cater for spiritual, psychological, sociol, and educational need of teenagers during school vacations.
According to Fadoju, some of the activities carried out during the two weeks camp includes theological studies, English Language, devotional studies, ICT, Mathematics, undergraduate studies and general studies.
“To explore their skills, this year we also have vocational studies like soap making, lunch bags, hand bang, fascinator, popularly known as hats. We also did sport and talent shows like singing and drama.
“We are believing God that just like Oxford University, Leed University started, one day this school will grow to become a seminary or university that will be reckoned with worldwide.”
Fadoju said that the 2019 programmes had over 160 attendance of teenagers not only from CAC, but from other denominations within Abuja.
“Last year we had children from seven other denominations, for this year we will later meet to analyse the attendance.”
Highlights of the occasion includes exhibition of vocational skills’ products such as soap and hand bags produced by the children.
There was also presentation of gifts to overall best teenagers and those that had outstanding performance in each of the courses offered.
Edited Ismail Abdulaziz
Alofe, ex-Ekiti SSG, dies at 86
A former Secretary to Ekiti State Government (SSG), Evang. Adeola Alofe, is dead.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Alofe, according to a family source, died on Sunday, at the age of 86.
reports that Alofe was appointed SSG by former Gov. Ayodele Fayose in 2003, a position he held till 2005 when he was replaced with Chief Bade Gboyega who is also late.
The deceased, who was also appointed by Gov. Kayode Fayemi as Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters in 2010, was, at a time, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
, however, reports that Alofe had not featured in the political scene since Fayemi’s second term victory as governor of the state in 2018.
also reports that while funeral arrangements have yet to be announced by the family, no official reaction had also been made by the state government on the former SSG’s demise, as at the time of filing this report.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Rotary Club gets first female president in Ibadan
At the Investiture and Induction of Board members, the newly elected president expressed her determination to set up initiatives that would improve the dignity of the girl-child.
Yomi-Layinka said that during her tenure, the club would partner with secondary schools in strengthening reproductive health education in order to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy and sexual diseases.
According to her, reproductive health education is the first line of defence when it comes to fighting sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and pregnancy.
She further promised that the club would continue to improve on the lives of the less-privileged in tge society through medical outreach and provision of basic education and literacy.
“It is with great joy that I stand before you on this beautiful day to present my acceptance speech as not just the eighth president of the Rotary Club of Ibadan Jericho-Metro, but also blazing a trail as its first female president.
“A club that was previously exclusively for men has witnessed upsurge in women membership and leadership in recent years.
“We have come up with a N20 million budget estimate to enable us improve the life of the girl-child, maternal and child health, water and sanitation and basic education in our local community.
“Please let us all give generously and render our service to humanity to make a difference,” she said.
In his remarks, the immediate past president of the club, Mr Kayode Adelekun, noted that the club witnessed the induction of 14 new members and 10 Paul Harris Fellows under his tenure.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Jide Agbeja, urged philanthropists to offer selfess services through the rotary club for meaningful and lasting socio-economic development.
Agbeja said that “well-to-do” persons in the society must support the government in order for all Nigerian children, irrespective of social status, get access to quality education.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz