Arik Air, on Wednesday announced the arrival of one of its aircraft, which just returned from C-Check maintenance overseas.
The Communications Manager of the airline, Mr Ola Adebanji, disclosed the development in a statement issued in Lagos.
Adebanji explained that the aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 NG, touched down in Lagos Wednesday morning and it had since been deployed to service.
“The aircraft, which went through heavy maintenance at the Approved Maintenance Organisation (MRO) came back with fresh C-check, new exterior and interior fittings.
“It is the first of the four aircraft expected to return from maintenance this month, the other three are due to arrive between now and end of May,” he said.
Speaking on the latest development, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Capt, Roy Ilegbodu, said it was a customer focused airline and “the best interest of our passengers would always drive our decisions”.
“Some of our suspended routes will be reopened in the coming days as more of the aircraft on maintenance return from service,” he said.
Ilegbodu said the airline thanked its customers for their understanding during the period of the schedule adjustments.
Arik Air prepares for post-COVID-19 operations
Arik Air, one of Nigeria’s indigenous airlines said on Saturday in Abuja that it was preparing to resume operations after the COVID-19 crisis, assuring that the airline would offer better services.
The Manager, Public Relations and Communications of the company, Mr Adebanji Ola, announced in a goodwill message to customers of the airline that the company was collaborating with other aviation stakeholders to offer better service delivery.
“We assure that your favourite airline, Arik Air will be back and better.
“As we prepare for the eventual opening of airports for flight operations, we are working closely with agencies such as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
”We are also working with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on how to ensure smooth and safe passenger facilitation after COVID-19.
“Before flight resumption, we will be embarking on enhanced health measures, including disinfecting and decontamination of all our aircraft.
“Other protocols to be put in place for the safety of passengers and staff members will be advised as time goes on.’’
Ola said that COVID-19 had brought unprecedented deaths, fear and disruption to lives and businesses not witnessed in recent memory around the globe.
“As a company, schedule flight operations have remained suspended for the second month running.
“The impact has been huge on staff members, partner businesses and customers.
“Consequently, we focused on the health and safety of employees, families, customers and community,” the spokesman said.
He, however, said that in spite of the suspension of operations, the airline was busy attending to other social responsibility services for its communities.
“During this time, we are supporting local communities to cushion the effect of the lock down.
“This is our little contribution to government’s efforts at ameliorating the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable in our midst.
“We are also conducting necessary overhaul and preservation on our equipment,’’ he added.
Ola said further that notwithstanding the restriction on flights, the organisation’s call centre would continue to be available to take calls and enquiries from clients and customers.
He advised Nigerians not to endanger their lives during the pandemic by staying safe all the time.
“Please stay safe and ensure strict compliance with all health advisory by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,’’ he advised.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arik Air, founded by Chief Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide in 2002 began flight operations in 2006 and had been servicing domestic and international routes.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
COVID-19: Arik Air distributes food items to Lagos communities
Arik Air Ltd., on Tuesday distributed food items to residents of Ewu-Tuntun Community in Mafoluku and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area of Lagos State to cushion effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the residents.
Mr Sylvester Egogo, the Business Head, West and Central Africa of Arik, said it was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to support the communities and less privileged within its areas of operations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 400 bags of 10kg rice and 400 bags of 10kg beans were distributed to the communities respectively.
“The situation in the country calls for concern and Arik managment is very much aware that government cannot do everything.
“We are not also trying to do everything, but supporting residents in various communities within our operations.
“Airlines have not been working for the past two months now, but we came to empathise with people to support in our own little way and also a way of giving back to the community,” he said.
Egogo said that the palliatives were channelled through the leaders of the communities, traditional rulers for effective administration, which he said was well coordinated.
He lauded the orderly conduct of the residents during the exercise.
Egogo enjoined them to obey the health advisory and protocols put in place by the government to contain the spread of the virus.
“We must continue to do the right thing by maintaining social distancing, washing our hands regularly and listen to information from the government and accredited agencies so that our lives can go back to normalcy,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief Nathaniel Osho, Chairman, Abolaji/Osundeyi CDA in Ewu-Tuntun, Mafoluku, commended Arik Air for the gesture, promising to distribute the food items effectively.
Also, Chief Oladele Akinlabi of Arigbanla Igbomedu in Orile-Agege, commended the airline’s support to the communities, assuring that the food items would be properly distributed.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Malawi court rejects President Mutharika’s appeal against new elections
Malawi’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday upheld an earlier ruling by the Constitutional Court which had ordered fresh elections after it nullified the re-election of President Peter Mutharika.
The Constitutional Court annulled the election result on Feb. 3, saying irregularities had been systematic and widespread.
Mutharika appealed the decision, but the Supreme Court declared it could find no good reason to overturn the previous ruling.
The “use of Tippex [correction fluid] and fake, reserved and improvised tally sheets” were among the “gross irregularities” found during Mutharika’s re-election in May last year.
The Supreme Court ruling means that Malawi will go to the polls again on July 2.
The country’s electoral commission has already received nominations from presidential aspirants.
The 79-year-old Mutharika, of the Democratic Progressive Party, filed his nomination papers on Thursday alongside his new running mate, Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front.
Muluzi is the son of former president Bakili Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 1999.
“This [fresh] election is not the will of the people; therefore, I call upon all Malawians to come out and vote in this election to express the will of the people,” an undeterred Mutharika said in a speech aired on the state-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.
Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulosi Chilima, who were responsible for the court case against the election results, filed their nomination papers on Wednesday.
Their two parties, the Malawi Congress Party and the United Transformation Movement, have formed a coalition to bolster Chakwera’s candidacy and their chances of unseating Mutharika.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
COVID-19: Arik Air suspends commercial flight operations March 27
Arik Air has announced the suspension of all scheduled commercial flight operations from 11:00p.m on Friday, March 27.
The Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.
Ilegbodu said the management of the airline took the decision as part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to its customers and staff, hoping to resume services soon.
He said customers, who have confirmed tickets, had been advised that they could still use their tickets when the airline resumes flight operations.
Ilegbodu added that such tickets could also be modified at no extra charge.
“The safety and wellbeing of our valued customers is paramount at this period of health emergency.
“We implore everyone to keep safe and abide by all directives issued by the governments.
“We sincerely regret any inconvenience this suspension may have caused our customers,” he said.
Ilegbodu said Arik Air would be available to support government emergency, humanitarian and charter flight requests during the period of suspension of air operation.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Olagoke Olatoye
Coronavirus: Arik Air suspends flights to West Coast
Arik Air on Wednesday announced temporary suspension of its flights to all West Coast destinations from March 23.
Arik Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, said this in a statement in Lagos.
“The safety and well-being of our personnel and valued customers are paramount at this critical time.
“We do not want to take chances and this is why we have taken this decision,” he said.
Ilegbodu apologised to customers whose travel plans may have been affected by the suspension of flights and promised to mitigate the effects by ensuring a prompt refund for tickets.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Nigerian-American basketballer, Arike Ogunbowale, says passion, hardwork determine success
US-based Nigerian female professional basketball player, Arike Ogunbowale, says hardwork and passion are major determinants of her successful professional career at Dallas Wings of Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Ogunbowale, the Most Outstanding Player of University of Notre Dame’s 2018 national title run, said this during a virtual programme titled,
“Empowering Women and Girls through Sports.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the
programme was hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Lagos on Tuesday, to commemorate Women’s History Month.
According to her, the world has a long way to go in eliminating discrimination and inequality between the male and female gender.
“Personally, I don’t have experiences of discrimination because of my colour.
“I also believe that discrimination is reducing gradually and it all depends on the value you’re bringing to the society,” she said.
The 23-year-old said that her parents were her inspiration to keep getting better.
“My father, a Yoruba man, started from the scratch and built himself up.
“Because of this, I never doubt myself when on the court. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will,” she said.
Ogunbowale further said that her biggest accomplishment so far was winning the women’s national championship in 2018.
She admonished young women who had interests in basketball to do whatever they loved, no matter the obstacles.
“You can always do better than you are right now.
“Learn that you’re going to be disappointed once in a while, move on fast from such situations and don’t ever settle for less,” Ogunbowale said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Police wades into crises rocking Gariki cattle market in Enugu
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Ahmad Abdulrahman, has waded into the crisis rocking the Garriki Cattle market at Ugwuoba in Oji River Local Government Area of the state.
The move was aimed at restoring peace at the troubled market over the postponed election to elect accepted leaders at the multi-million naira cattle market.
The commissioner of Police met the two factions in the market – Amalgamated Cattle Dealers Association, ACDA, led by Aminu Iya and Amalgamated Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association, AFCDA, led by Buba Garba, at the State Police Headquarters in Enugu on Friday.
Speaking to newsmen before the meeting, the representative of Amalgamated Cattle Dealers Association, Mr Abdul’aziz Mohammed, accused members of the faction led by Garba of being responsible for the postponement of the Ugwuoba cattle market election.
Mohammed said the AFCDA members allegedly disrupted the election that was scheduled to hold in 2019 at the Oji River Local Government Secretariat by importing those he described as “thugs” to participate in the election.
He said that the action led to its postponement by the former Chairman of the local government, Mr Harrison Okeke.
On how the “thugs” got registered for the election, Mohammed alleged that Alhaji Buba photocopied the original registration card for them, which informed the decision to lock them out of the secretariat’s gate.
He said that issue of election which had divided the market and caused revenue loss, came to fore after the death of their leader, Mr Baba Malam in 2019.
He said that his faction was ready to participate in the election.
Meanwhile, Garba, the leader of Amalgamated Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association, has described the allegations against him and his members as `false and malicious’.
He said that the allegation that his members disrupted the earlier election was an attempt to ridicule him before the members of the public.
He said that his group would be ready to work with anybody who emerged as a leader in the market through the conduct of free, fair and credible election in the market.
An indigene of Ugwuoba Community, Mr Jonathan Ikwumeleze however, told the Nigerian News Agency that only generally accepted election would restore peace, unity, accountability and development in the cattle market.
NAN reports that the two factions, at the end of the closed door meeting, agreed to sheath their swords for the sake of peace and also work together towards getting electing leaders in the market.
Edited by: Bola Akingbehin/Maureen Atuonwu
Arik Air donates relief items to IDPs in Benin
Arik Air has donated some relief items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp, Uhogua, Benin City, Edo to ensure the displaced people enjoyed the Yuletide
Mr Andrew Odion, Head of Marketing, Central and West Africa, Arik Air, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos, said this was part of the airline’s show of life giving back to the less privileged in the society.
Odion said that the initiative was part of Arik’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He said that the Airline’s Benin Station Manager, Nwaorgu Obed, presented the various items ranging from foodstuffs, beverages, cartons of noodles, bedding, treated mosquito nets, clothing amongst others.
“Arik Air is committed to community development and we identify with the significance of this season, which is a period to share love, gifts and affection.”
The camp coordinators, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho and Pastor Evelyn Omigie received the items on behalf of the camp.
In his remarks, Folorunsho expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the airline.
He noted that the supports they needed from other quarters have not been forthcoming as expected.
“We are grateful to Arik Air; this was really a welcome development. We hope that other organisations and individuals will emulate the airline in giving back to the society,” he said.
On her part, Omigie said, “Although we have so many people to cater for, but what Arik Air has brought will go a long way to provide succour to the people in the camp.
“We will judiciously use these items to cater for the people in the Camp especially in this Yuletide.”
Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz
Yuletide: Arik Air donates food, clothes to SOS Children Village in Lagos
Arik Air on Tuesday donated assorted foods, clothes and other materials to the children of the Save Our Soul (SOS) Children’s Village in Isolo area of Lagos.
Presenting the items on behalf of the airline, Mr Andrew Odion, the Airline’s Head of Marketing, Central West Africa, said this was to enable children of the village to enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Odion said that the donation was the airline’s gesture of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to give back to the less privileged in the society.
“As a socially responsible organisation, we want to touch the lives of children and the less privileged in our society.
“We identify with the significance of this season which is a day of giving love, attention, affection to children all over the world, and helping in charting a greater path to their development.
“This is why we are here to donate some items to children of this village for Christmas and New Year festival.
“This is not the first time the airline will be donating these items to the orphanage home and also the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country,” he said.
Odion noted that the airline had on Sunday donated some relief materials to the Yola IDPs.
The airline official said it would also be at the Love Home Orphanage in Magodo, Lagos, on Wednesday to donate same items to the children.
He said the company would be in Benin on Thursday and Jos by next week to celebrate the festive period in the orphanage home and donate some items to them.
Odion said the donation was an internal arrangement by the company, adding that the airline had a budget that takes care of those expenditure.
Receiving the items on behalf of the orphanage, an official at the Customers Service/Front Desk Personnel, who pledged anonymity, thanked Arik Air for the kind gesture and show of love.
Edited by: Josephine Obute/Olagoke Olatoye
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