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AIB begins investigation of incident involving Med-View Aircraft at Lagos Airport



The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) says it has begun investigation into a serious incident involving a Med-View Airline aircraft which occurred on Tuesday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

Mr Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, confirmed the development on Wednesday in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the Med-View aircraft incident occurred a few hours after an Air Peace aircraft from Port Harcourt made a hard landing at the International wing of the airport.

Oketunbi said the Med-View Airline Boeing 737-500 aircraft, with registration number 5N-BQM, was coming in from Port Harcourt when the serious incident occurred at about 3.07p.m.

He said the aircraft had 27 passengers and six crew members on board, adding that there was no fatality.

“From the information gathered so far, cabin altitude warning came ON at FL 320 followed by deployment of oxygen masks which necessitated the crew to carry out emergency descent procedure.

“Our team of safety investigators have commenced investigation,” Oketunbi said.


Shuaibu Ibrahim: Fostering new reforms in the NYSC



Shuaibu Ibrahim: Fostering new reforms in the NYSC

, News Agency of Nigeria
The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) established on May 22, 1973 has served as a platform for national cohesion and offered young Nigerians opportunity to know and appreciate Nigeria’s diversities.

There is usually a lot of anticipation for youths preparing to participate in the one-year voluntary service, which offers many a first-time opportunity to leave home to confront the world.

Over time, the scheme has faced numerous challenges, which have led many to query its continued existence.

Among the challenges are decayed infrastructure, poor funding, crisis of deployment, lack of engagement during the service period and low expectations after service against the background of shrinking job opportunities.

All of these and more have compelled the managers of the scheme to introduce reforms to enable it deliver on its mandate of preparing Nigeria’s tertiary education young graduates for the world of work.

When Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of NYSC, was appointed on May, 10, 2019, he faced challenges that his predecessors had to deal with and more. The first challenge was the issue of mobilisation of unqualified persons with fake or questionable degree certificates.

First, he identified the sources of such certificates and convened a meeting with the registrars of some African Corps Producing Institutions to decide on strategies to deal with the problem. The meeting revealed that many of those with fake credentials were graduates of illegal institutions, mostly in the West African sub-region.

Sixty-five fake prospective NYSC members were apprehended during the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two Orientation Course and handed over to the security agencies for prosecution. Similarly, out of over 20,000 foreign-trained prospective corps members invited for verification of the documents they uploaded for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ mobilisation, only 3,321 appeared for the exercise.

Prior to the screening, Ibrahim had warned persons with dubious intentions of compromising the integrity of the NYSC mobilisation process to stay away to avoid the consequences.

“Under my watch, no unqualified person will be allowed to participate in the NYSC,” he warned.

As a way of boosting its funding base, NYSC over the years established projects but many of them remained inactive and instead drained the resources of the scheme. Determined to realise the goals of such projects, the Ibrahim-led management reinvigorated NYSC Ventures and Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme to improve the resources of the scheme and give corps members opportunity to harness their innate abilities.

The goals led to increased stakeholders’ involvement in the implementation of the programme through engagements with many existing collaborating partners and potential partners.

The effort has made some gains, including the collaboration with Unity Bank PLC on funding of Business Plan Development programmes for NYSC members, partnership. It also led to collaboration with British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation for empowerment of corps members with agricultural skills and business trainings, farm internship, mentoring and farm input supplies.

Also, there is a research-based collaboration between NYSC and National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), OAU, Ile-Ife, (OAUNACETEM) sponsored by a Canadian agency, International Development Research Centre, which seeks to evaluate the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme with a view to reinvigorating it for more results.

The Ibrahim Administration, determined to improve the financial base of NYSC, sought alternative ways of realising the goal by accelerating the upgrading and repositioning of NYSC Ventures initiatives.

It acquired new tractors and implements for the NYSC rice farm in Ezillo, Ebonyi, for mass production and processing of rice at the NYSC rice mill in the state. It also established a new rice mill for the NYSC rice farm in Saminaka, Kebbi State, and equipment for the mill are currently being installed. It also resuscitated the NYSC Bakery and Water Factory at the FCT Orientation Camp, Kubwa, with their products made available to consumers in the FCT and Nasarawa State.

The administration plans to replicate the ventures in NYSC Orientation Camps across the country to serve the needs of the camps and generate revenue for the scheme. The administration has also sustained the deployment of ICT solutions to drive the operations of the scheme for greater efficiency.

Recruited from an equally challenging role as Registrar at the newly-established Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno, Ibrahim returned to the NYSC after 20 years when he served as Military Assistant to a former Chief Executive of the organisation.

On assumption of office as Director-General, Ibrahim had declared: “I see my second coming as a privilege and honour. I am determined to sustain what my predecessors started, improve on what they have also done and move the scheme to a higher pedestal.”

With enviable academic laurels and vast experience in administration, he brought to the job an impressive profile that put him in good stead to steer the NYSC to higher heights which exactly is what he has been doing. Ibrahim is a man of many parts; he is a teacher, researcher and author.

In spite of being a Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army, Ibrahim holds a PhD in Philosophy and has been an astute administrator, which came as a result of his numerous postings in the military.

He displayed a rare ability to adapt and this made it possible for him to fit easily into the role of managing an organisation whose main clients are vibrant graduate youths of institutions of higher learning.

Ibrahim already had his job cut out before arriving at the NYSC headquarters, as he had to contend with the perennial widespread infrastructure deficits in many NYSC Orientation Camps, exponential explosion in corps population, paucity of funds, post service unemployment, among others.

With the knowledge of these challenges, Ibrahim realised he had to hit the ground running and so relied on his knowledge of the scheme in articulating his mission even before setting foot at the National Directorate Headquarters.

On the day he took over the mantle of leadership of the NYSC, Ibrahim unfolded his agenda which included: sustained effective utilisation of the potential of corps members for optimal benefit.

He also resolved to pursue a technologically driven organisation to deepen effective service delivery; improve the welfare and security of corps members and staff and strengthen existing collaboration with stakeholders. He also expressed a determinations to revive existing NYSC projects to achieve desired impacts.

In addition to harnessing the NYSC Integrated System online platform to enthrone a culture of integrity and efficiency in the Scheme’s operations, the administration is looking forward to leveraging on the gains from the advancement of ICT operations in order to raise the revenue of the organisation.

The administration has given priority attention to the security of corps members across the country; promoted communication among corps members and the society through the establishment of NYSC Radio; ensured that staff welfare was not compromised and maintained regular engagements with state governors on the need to develop NYSC facilities in their state as well as involved NYSC members in the fight against COVID-19.

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Ex-NDDC boss, Timi Alaibe commiserates with Sokoto Govt. over death of Dr Nadama



Chief Timi Alaibe, former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has commiserated with the people and government of Sokoto State over the death of a former governor of the state, Dr Garba Nadama.

The late Nadama was a pioneering board member of NDDC for about a decade.

Alaibe said that news of the death of Nadama was received with a deep sense of loss.

Alaibe expressed his condolences in a letter to the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, which was made available to newsmen in Yenagoa.

“It is with a deep sense of loss that I received the news of the transition to eternal glory of a senior friend, a colleague, a statesman and former governor of Sokoto state,  Dr Nadama, who passed on on  Wednesday night after a protracted illness.

“There is no doubt that Nadama will be missed not just by the government and people of Sokoto state but also by the generality of Nigerians.

“As a former governor of the state, his place in history cannot be erased.

“His departure comes at a time when his state and indeed the nation needs his wealth of knowledge as an elder statesman in solving most of our pressing challenges.

“The real character of the deceased and his invaluable contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria and Sokoto state is summarised in the quality of upbringing and depth of accomplishment of his children who have exhibited rare courage, intellect and presence in the military, medicine, politics and banking sectors.

“Nadama was a member of the First and Second Boards of Directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from Dec. 21, 2000 to April 2009.

“He was an active participant in the board’s team that supervised the processes that led to the design of an integrated strategy for the development of the Niger Delta and the eventual production of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.

“I enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with him; always sharing and deploying his wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic decision-making during the period he served.

“Surely, his family, comprising his four loving wives, his children and grand children will greatly miss him. Kindly extend my condolences to them and members of the State Executive Council.

“We are all affected by the departure of our elder statesman and former governor.” Alaibe stated.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Shuaibu resumes duties at APC National Secretariat



 Alhaji Lawal Shuaibu, the Deputy National Chairman,  North, All Progressives Congress (APC) whose suspension was lifted by the National Working Committee (NWC) has resumed duties at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

Shuaibu, who was received amidst rousing reception by APC staff,  told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that he would support the NWC’s efforts in strengthening the weak structure of the party.

“The structures of the party as a result of the inability of the leadership to preposition the party has become very weak.

“From wards to the national centre, the structures have become weak and that was what I was trying to avoid,” APC chieftain said.

He attributed his rift with the party’s National Chairman,  Adams Oshiomhole to a letter he wrote to him on certain issues affecting the party.

“Nobody suspended me, it was just a fight that I wanted to avoid. I don’t want to continue the fight and that was why I kept quite.

“All I wanted to do was to raise my hand before the market burns because by the time the market goes aflame everybody may be consumed.

“All I have said in that letter have all come to pass. It is wrong to say that the war is over because to me, there was no war in the first place.

“My letter to Oshiomhole was very personal to either save the party or allow it to collapse,” he said.

The party chieftain recalled that he advised Oshiomhole to come back to the track.

“And if he cannot do it, let him leave because some of us have suffered to build this party,” Shuaibu said.

He added: Oshiomhole now said in the spirit of reconciliation,  all these are now bygone because there is nothing anybody can do when he said he has extended the olive branch.

“Oshiomhole is my very good friend and we have been very close friends.

“But when something went wrong, I cannot sit down when the house is collapsing on our heads without telling the world what was happening.”

Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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AIB Nigeria releases preliminary reports on Air Peace, Max Air incidents



The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) has released two preliminary reports on serious incidents involving aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited and Max Air.

Mr Tunji Oketunbi, AIB-N General Manager, Public Affairs, made this known on Tuesday in Lagos.

“The Air Peace Boeing 737-500 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUJ was enroute Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri on Nov. 5, 2019 when the incident occurred at about 23,000 feet above Mean Sea Level (FL230).

“The serious incident involving Max Air Boeing 747-400 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-DBK occurred at Runway 05, Minna International Airport on Sept. 7, 2019,” he said.

Oketunbi said the two reports were already on the bureau’s website

The AIB official explained that preliminary reports were not the final reports as they only contained details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences.

He said: “These reports include information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) Data.

“Others are: the Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) Data, and preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckage.”

Oketunbi said that investigation on this occurrence was still ongoing, while final report on the incident would be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye

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AIBA’s ability to pay off debts still unclear, IOC says



The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday that the ability of world boxing ruling body AIBA to pay off its multi-million dollars debt was still unclear.

It said this has reduced the chances of a swift end to the international federation’s Olympic suspension.

The IOC suspended AIBA over issues surrounding its finances and governance in June 2019, officially taking over the boxing competition and qualification for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics.

The boxing body has been in turmoil for several years over its finances and governance, with the federation at least 16 million dollars in debt.

It was also split internally by an ongoing bitter battle over the presidency.

“We have been informed of AIBA’s willingness to organise new competitions in order to generate revenues,” IOC member Nenad Lalovic, who heads a task force to monitor changes to the boxing federation, told the IOC session.

“We do not know if there are possibilities for clearing AIBA’s debts and we have no knowledge of any financial plan,” said the Serbian, who also heads the wrestling federation.

The IOC has demanded changes to AIBA’s statutes, new leadership and a financial clean-up of the federation before it would lift its suspension.

AIBA did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

“We are still awaiting information on which guiding principle the new statutes (of AIBA) will be based upon and how the need for a new leadership team will be taken into account to support the new culture,” Lalovic said.

He had said in June that AIBA’s debts could rise as high as 29 million dollars.

The IOC is racing to organise a series of continental boxing qualifiers this year while also preparing the tournament in Tokyo.

It is also going through the process of selecting judges and referees following background checks.

AIBA has essentially depended for decades on Olympic revenues to survive between Games and has had to let staff go in recent months as a result of its Olympic exclusion.

The IOC will review AIBA’s suspension after the Tokyo Games and will make a decision based on developments and changes to the boxing body’s governance.


(Edited by: Olawale Alabi)

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National sports festival very critical to us, says Shaibu 



The Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, on Monday in Benin said hosting the National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged “Edo 2020” was very critical to the state government and the entire people of Edo.

Shaibu made the remark during the annual prayer and thanksgiving session with his staff.

“Edo 2020 is very critical to us because we are redefining what hosting of sports festival will look like in the state.

“Everybody is looking forward to what Edo is going to give because here is the home of sporting activities.

“We are known to redefining sports and how sports is run in Nigeria. So, you should put the hosting of the NSF in your various prayers.

“Those that are directly or indirectly functioning in the festival should please put in your best. By the grace of God, we are going to have a successful tournament that will be a pacesetter for other states to emulate,” he said.

He called on the workers to put in more efforts in making things work out successfully ahead of the competition and help to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

(Edited by: Folasade Adeniran/Peter Ejiofor)

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AIB commences investigation on Turkish Airlines accident in P/Harcourt 



The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has started investigation into an incident involving an A330-300 aircraft, with registration number TCLOL, operated by the Turkish Airlines.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.

The statement noted that the bureau was notified that at about 3:30 a.m. local time, on Dec. 31 2019, the aircraft was enroute Port Harcourt from Istanbul, Turkey, with 295 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

According to the statement, the aircraft suffered a burst tyre on landing on runway 21 of the Port Harcourt International airport; veered off the runway and managed to taxi to the new international terminal.

It confirmed that all the occupants disembarked with no injury.

The statement noted that the bureau was open to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence or information that might assist in its investigation.

“The Bureau will like to call on the press and the public to respect the privacy of the people involved and not to preempt the cause of the incident,” it said.

Edited by: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi


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AIB releases preliminary report on Med-View Airline incident



The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the preliminary report on serious incident involving a Boeing 737-500 aircraft owned and operated by Med-View Airline.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunde Oketunbi, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

Oketunbi said investigation on the occurrence was still ongoing while final report on the incident would be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

The AIB official explained that the aircraft was with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQM.

He noted that it was enroute Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on July 23, when the incident occurred at 32,000 feet above mean sea level FL320.

Oketunbi said the preliminary reports were not the final reports as they contain details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences.

“This include information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) Data.

“Others are the Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) data, preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckage,” he said.

Edited by: Mustapha Sumaila/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Obaseki running women-inclusive govt. – Shaibu



Wife of Edo Deputy Governor, Mrs Maryann Shaibu, has said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki is running women- inclusive government in the state.

Shaibu stated this during the All Progressives Congress (APC) women annual end-of-the-year party held in Jattu, Etsako West Local Government area of the state.

According to her, Obaseki has given many women in the state the opportunity to serve in different capacities in his cabinet.

She particularly noted that the governor had many women as commissioners, special advisers and senior special assistants in his cabinet.

The wife of the deputy governor said that ever since the governor and his deputy assumed office, they had been carrying the women in the state along.

Mrs. Shaibu further said that some key sectors in the Obaseki-led administration were being handled by women “who have distinguished themselves in different capacities.”

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