Ethiopian Airlines says it will be the last airline to operate the Boeing 737-Max-800 aircraft after adjustment and recertification by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of the U.S.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Esayas Hailu, Managing Director, Ethiopian International Services, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
NAN reports that Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa had crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing
all 157 persons on board on March 10.
The incident had led to the grounding of the B737-Max-800 aircraft by Ethiopian Airlines and other airlines across the world over safety concerns.
Hailu said: “Ethiopian Airlines has four grounded B737-Max-800 aircraft with an order for 27 more which will be determined after the adjustment by Boeing.
“ET has vowed to be the last airline to fly that aircraft. We can only fly it after others in Europe, America and the Gulf States have and after it has been recertified by the FAA.
“Boeing will also come up with a list of other trainings for our pilots and crew because we have a B737-Max-800 Simulator in our facility.”
He said the airline was saddened by the loss of the lives of its crew and passengers, adding that the incident had, however, strengthened its brand globally.
“Everybody knew that it was the design of the aircraft that led to the crash and Boeing and the FAA have attested to that.
“Our commercial brand emerged stronger and the public’s confidence to travel with us have not been affected,” Hailu said.
He thanked the Nigerian media, people and government for the support given to Ethiopian Airlines during the unfortunate incident, stressing that it had further strengthened the bond between both nations.
Ondo community expresses gratitude to Gov. Akeredolu over peaceful handling of obaship dispute
The Aboto community in Mahin Kingdom, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, has expressed gratitude to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the peaceful settlement of the Alaboto chieftaincy stool dispute.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that there had been a lingering dispute over the installation of a new monarch between Oyetayo Ofoaye of Ikohi Family and Beniah Adeola-Idiogbe from Idiogbe Family.
The community also thanked the governor for elevating the Oloja of Aboto, Chief Adeola-Idiogbe, to the stool of the Alaboto of Aboto.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Ilaje and jointly signed by Prof. Olabode Koriko and Pastor Arije Oyekan, Secretary of Aboto community and former President, Egbe omo Ilaje in Mahin kingdom, respectively.
“According to the treaty of friendship signed between the Oba Amapetu of Mahin and Queen Victoria of England in October 1885, Chief Idiogbe was the Baale of Aboto, appointed by the Amapetu who is the prescribed authority, and Idiogbe descendants have since succeeded to the Aboto stool.
“In line with the Customary Law of Aboto, Chief Adeola-Idiogbe, was appointed the Oloja of Aboto by the Amapetu, Oba Festus Ololajulo Isogun, on Sept. 25, 1997.
“The Oloja, however, applied to the Ondo State Government for elevation to the recognised Chieftaincy of the Alaboto of Aboto, which Memorandum was acknowledged by the office of the Deputy Governor on Feb.11, 2002.
“At a meeting on March, 21, 2007, the Executive Council of Ondo State granted the request for recognition of the Alaboto of Aboto stool and the elevation of Beniah Adeola-Idiogbe as the occupant but the administrative processes were not finalised.
“The justice of Chieftaincy practices is that, where a minor Chieftaincy is promoted to that of a recognised Chieftaincy, the occupant minor Chief (Baale, Kingmaker or Oloja) is also concomitantly elevated.
“In Ilaje, for instance, all such elevated chieftaincies of Igbo-Egunrin, Igbokoda, Atijere (Mahin Kingdom) and Olubo, Alagho, Odoka (Ugbo Kingdom) followed this precedent which is strictly applicable throughout the state.
“Following this established procedure, the Executive Council, on Aug.15, 2019, completed the Alaboto process by giving effect to the promotion of the erstwhile Oloja Beniah Adeola-Idiogbe, who is now the Alaboto of Aboto, which chieftaincy has been recognized since 2007.
‘We are aware of the strange claims of some members of Ikohi Family to the Aboto Chieftaincy, who claim origin of the neighbouring Ugbo Kingdom.
“They sought the approval of the Ilaje LGA to jettison their much vaunted Olukohi title to adopt the recognized Alaboto title.
“The Mahin people recognise the right of the concerned members of the Ikohi family to be resident in Aboto or any other part of Mahin Kingdom, just as there are several Mahin families based in Ugbo.
“They are, however well advised that the Customary Law of Aboto Chieftaincy, as a Mahin town, and the Prescribed Authority of the Amapetu of Mahin thereof is inviolable,” the statement read.
The community also assured the government that Aboto was currently safe and peaceful as residents are going about their lawful businesses as security agencies were also on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Meanwhile, Mr Otito Atikase, the Caretaker Chairman, Ilaje LGA, told NAN that the dispute over the Aboto Stool had no bases.
According to him, the state government’s elevation of the Oloja, Oba Adeola-Idiogbe, as the Alaboto of Aboto was lawful.
He warned individuals or groups in the area who might be instigated to foment trouble to embrace peace, saying that the government would not tolerate any form of criminality in the community.
“Oba Adeola-Idiogbe is the right occupant of the Alaboto stool and what the government has done to elevate him from Oloja to Alaboto is lawful,” he added.
Man, 24, docked over alleged theft of motorcycle
A 24-year-old man, Nojeem Azeez, was on Wednesday docked at a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State over alleged theft of a Bajaj motorcycle worth N230,000.
Azeez, who has no fixed address, is facing a count charge of stealing.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Clement Okuiomose, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug.13 at about 10:30 p.m. at First Bank Bus Stop in Ajangbadi area of Lagos.
Okuiomose said that the defendant stole a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number KJA 369 QL which belonged to Mr Erhabor Isoken.
“The offence contravenes Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the prosecutor said.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mr Lazarus Hotepo, in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned untill Sept. 25 for hearing.
Sam Oditah edits ======= 9 suspected electricity vandals apprehended in one-month in South-East – EEDC
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has arrested nine suspected vandals of electricity installations in the South-East in the past one month, an official has said.
The Head of Communications of the company, Mr Emeka Ezeh, stated this in a statement issued to the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Wednesday.
He noted that the increasing rate of vandalism of electrical installations in the zone had become a major hinderance to the company’s operations.
He said that the unwholesome situation usually subjected electricity customers in the zone to darkness, while depleting the company’s revenue.
He regretted that the incident had persisted, in spite of the several imprisonments and arrests of vandals, in addition to series of engagements with stakeholders.
Eze stated: “Just recently, Okereke Ugochukwu and Paul Kelechi were arrested by villagers at Obinagu Umuadar in Abia, for vandalizing 11KV-T-Off and carting away 13 spans of cables.
“Another suspect, Chukwuebuka Igwe, an indigene of Ebonyi, was apprehended by members of Ogbo-Otu Ikenga in Anambra, while in possession of cutters and four intermediate cables suspected to be EEDC property.
“Chibuoke Jude was arrested by police from Umumba Police Station in possession of two intermediate cables suspected to be property of EEDC.
“He confessed to have got the cables from a distribution sub-station belonging to EEDC at Umuaga-Udi in Enugu state.
“In Ihe town, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state, Sunday Ike was arrested by members of Electricity Committee of the town for allegedly vandalising a low tension aluminum cable belonging to EEDC at Okpatu sub-station.
“In Ebonyi state, one Ifeanyi Adom was arrested by members of the Amazu vigilance group in connection with the vandalism of a transformer belonging to EEDC, located at Amazu Junction, Nkalagu.
Eze stated that Adom identified one Iloegbunam Oruegbala as the buyer of the cables during police interrogation.
He further stated that the buyer was subsequently arrested and both of them detained for further investigation at the Ebonyi state police headquarters, Abakaliki.
The EEDC spokesman said that all the suspects would be prosecuted at the end of the ongoing police investigation.
“We are concerned that while we strive to improve on the quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers, some individuals that should engage in productive activities resort to frustrating the company and electricity consumers,’’ he said.
He commended community vigilance groups and security agencies for their assistance in apprehending the vandals.
FG award winning inovator improves capacity of invented power bank
Mr Luka Bot, winner of the 2019 best technological innovation at the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) of the Federal Government has improved on the capacity of his invented power bank.
According to the 27-year-old innovator, the capacity of the invention had been improved and upgraded from 13,000MAH to 15,600MAH.
” l was awarded N1 Million as National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) award for the best in technology earlier in the month.
“I have used the money to make the power bank meet international standard, ” he said.
Bot said he was still working on the automatic candle quencher which when completed can help control fire outbreaks caused by the use of candles in homes.
” The users will be able to set the quencher , to automatically control the period they want the candle to go off.
” The computer foot mouse can also assist amputees in the use of the computers for their various works and even non amputees can use the device, ” he said.
The inventor said his passion and interest in technology was the driving force in his achievements thus far and that he was currently mentoring 5 youths in inventions.
He urged Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria technology to develop the sector and provide employment for the teeming unemployed youths.
Bot urged individuals, corporate organisations and government to partner with his organisation, Zang Technologies to invent products which would make life easier through providing enabling environment and sponsorships.
Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf
9 suspected electricity vandals apprehended in one-month in South-East – EEDC
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says no fewer than nine alleged notorious vandals of electricity installations were apprehended in the South-East region recently.
Ezeh said that the increasing rate of vandalism of electrical installations across the South-East region was a major hindrance to its operations, thereby subjecting electricity consumers to irregular power supply and impacting on the company’s revenue.
According to him, despite several imprisonments and arrests of vandals, in addition to engagement of customers as well as stakeholders within its network, this unpleasant trend had continued.
“Just recently, Okereke Ugochukwu and Paul Kelechi were arrested by villagers at Obinagu Umuadar, for vandalizing 11KV-T-Off, carting away 13 spans of cables, belonging to EEDC, located at Obinagu Umuadar, Isuochi in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia state.
“Another suspected vandal, Chukwuebuka Igwe, an indigene of Ebonyi, was apprehended by members of Ogbo-Otu Ikenga, Ogidi in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra state, while in possession of cutting implements and four intermediate cables suspected to be EEDC property.
“Chibuoke Jude was arrested by police from Umumba Police Station in possession of two intermediate cables suspected to be property of EEDC. Jude confessed to have gotten the cables from distribution sub-station belonging to EEDC at Umuaga-Udi in Enugu state.
“In Ihe town, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state, Sunday Ike, was arrested by members of Electricity Committee of Ihe town, for vandalising a low tension aluminum cable belonging to EEDC at Okpatu sub-station of the town.
“In Ebonyi state, one Ifeanyi Adom was arrested by members of the Amazu Vigilance group in connection with vandalism a transformer belonging to EEDC, located at Amazu Junction Nkalagu.
“While in the course of interrogation, Adom identified one Iloegbunam Oruegbala as the buyer of the cables.
“The buyer was subsequently arrested and both of them detained for further investigation at the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.
“Similarly, in Ebonyi state, the duo of Chinedu Ogbu and Ebere Nwovu were arrested by some members of the community vigilance group for vandalism of a 300KVA transformer, belonging to EEDC at Nwezenyi Izzi in Izzi Local Government Area,’’ he said.
The EEDC spokesman said that all the apprehended vandals along with the buyer were handed over to the police in the respective states for proper investigation and prosecution.
“We are concerned that while we strive to improve on the quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers, some individuals that should engage in productive activities resort to frustrating both us and our customers,’’ he said.
Ezeh, however, appreciated the various community vigilante groups and state security agencies for their support in apprehending the vandals.