Lagos, April 15, 2019 With less than 14 hours to the commencement of the 2019 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) U-18 and U-20 Championships, Team Nigeria was yet to get to host city Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Team Nigeria, which left by road at the early hours of April 13, were still at the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire border., as at 12 noon on Monday due to stopovers.
An anonymous member of the team told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that the journey was tiring, while some members of the delegation also missed their way while on the journey.
NNN reports that the championships, which hold from April 16 to April 20 in Abidjan, have no fewer than 86 youth and junior athletes representing the country.
According to the source, it is God and the zeal to do the country proud at the event that are still motivating the athletes.
Some athletics enthusiasts, however, took to social media to express their worries and displeasure, saying that they hoped the young athletes would be able to excel in Cote d’Ivoire.
Olu Akin said: “With this kind of stressful journey, I don’t think the country should expect better result from the athletes; because some other countries have been in Abidjan for over two days.
“May God let them win medals and grant them safe journey to and fro,” he said.
Peculiar Goody also wrote: “I pray for safe journey; but I think that fatigue will set in.
Another enthusiast, Carol Ezekiel, wrote: “ The athletes will be tired with the event kicking off tomorrow, this is not fair.
Henry Cyprian simply said: “God help my brothers and sisters of track and field. Goodluck to them,” he said.
Flight Resumption: NCAA lists 5 approved airports for operations
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that was coming on the heels of the announcement by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the easing of and restart of the second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown and restart of flights on June 21.
Nuhu said the five airports are Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri
The director-general said in the letter that other airports would be added gradually to flight operations after a review and assessment.
“Following the announcement by Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, we wish to inform the industry of the following.
“The gradual start of domestic flight operations will commence on June 21 with Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano,
“Others are Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri while other airports will be gradually added to the network after a review and assessment.
Nuhu noted that all flights to any airport outside the above five listed airports above should comply with the existing COVID-19 Protocols for approvals
The director general said the closure of Nigerian airports to international flights would continue until a date of resumption is announced.
Nuhu said emergency and essential flights were exempted from the restriction and should comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols for approvals.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19: NCAA issues new protocols for Nigerian airlines
The measures were geared toward containing the spread of the virus as Federal Government prepared to direct resumption of flight operations.
The directive was contained in a letter with reference number: /11/16/120, dated May 27,issued by its Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, in Lagos on Thursday.
Nuhu explained that the directive was issued to all operators, airports and other service providers.
He explained that the new protocol approved by Federal Ministry of Health, replaced the current practice where Nigerian based flight crew members who operated international flights were quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.
Nuhu said the new protocol explained that flight crew operating regional and international flights operations outside the country should be required to comply with the following:
“Regarding the Flight deck Crew: Non-medical face masks and gloves. Face masks can be removed when the cockpit door is closed for safety reasons.
“Cabin crew – Non-medical face masks, gloves, disposal surgical gowns and safety visors/goggles must be used during flight operation.
“They must ensure safe removal of gloves after performing specific tasks and they should avoid touching their face and eyes with unclean hands.
“Flight crew are to ensure that all passengers wear a non-medical face mask for the duration of the flight except when eating or using emergency oxygen.
“Flight crew are to ensure that passengers rub their hands with alcohol-based sanitiser as they embark the aircraft,” he said.
Nuhu said flight crew should put up a notice in the lavatory/washroom on hand washing that requests passengers wash their hands after using the lavatory.
He said flight crew were to maintain a safe distance between passengers and themselves by avoiding direct physical contact.
The NCAA boss said cabin crew would serve only pre-packed meals to passengers; where practicable, flight crew would reserve one lavatory for their own use.
Nuhu said Cabin crew should apply disinfectant spray in lavatory every 60 minutes during the flight.
He said airline would now carry augmented crew to ensure the immediate turnaround of the flight with no crew member disembarking from the aircraft.
The director-general said except the pilot that would conduct the mandatory walk around, in which case the pilot was required to wear a non-medical facemask and gloves.
He added that: “The flight deck crew that will carry out the mandatory walk around will wear PPE (non-medical facemask, gloves and disposable protective gowns).
“They will also ensure he/she keeps a physical distance of at least two meters from ground handling staff, fuelers, dispatchers, baggage handlers and other persons handling the aircraft while airline should carry return catering.
“Regarding the accommodation, at all times, crew must comply with local public health regulations and policies as one crew member to one room, which is sanitised prior to occupancy.
“Crew, taking account of the above and in so far as is practicable, should avoid contact with the public and fellow crew members and remain in the hotel room except to seek medical attention, or for essential activities.
“They should not use the common facilities in the hotel, like bars, gyms, etc. While Dine in-room, get take-outs, or dine seated alone in a restaurant in the hotel, only if room service is not available;
“Also, regularly monitor for symptoms including fever and observe good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing measures when required to leave the hotel room only for the reasons of specified emergency situations.
“Crew members experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 during lay over or transit, should report it to the aircraft operator and seek assistance from a medical doctor for assessment of possible COVID-19.”
Nuhu said flight crew members would have no physical contact with any persons while in the foreign country, including ground handling staff, airline staff, embassy staff, drivers, protocol officers, hotel and accommodation staff.
He said upon return to Nigeria, flight crew would not be quarantined but would undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at cost to the air operator.
The director-general said flight crew members who test positive for COVID-19 would be taken to a treatment centre for further management.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Group says relocation order to Abuja may erode NCAA’s autonomy
The President, Aviation Roundtable, Dr Gabriel Olowo, says the decision of the Federal Government to relocate headquarters of aviation agencies to Abuja will erode the autonomy status of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Olowo made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.
He said the relocation of the headquarters to Abuja would cause undue nearness, given the place of influence of the agencies on the nation’s economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to Abuja within 45 days.
The minister’s directive was contained in a letter dated May 4, 2020 with reference /7061/T/4 and signed on behalf of the Minister by the Director, Human Resource Management, FMA, Muhammad Shehu.
He, however, reminded the agencies that the order was given by the President in 2012.
Currently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have their headquarters in Lagos.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has its headquarters in Abuja, while the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology has its headquarters in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Olowo said: “Frequent political interference as it were in the past will increase more as we are approaching another election year.’’
He said that in any case, the agencies’ heads had always been in Abuja, safe for their empty seats in Lagos.
Olowo said the Federal Government’s policy statement had been there for a while, saying he thought economic judgement had prevailed on their staying behind all this while.
“The decision of the Federal Government is like locating the bakery away from the production line and supply of flower.
“This is because direct and on-the-spot decision making by `numero uno’ becomes delegated resulting to unnecessary gaps with timelines.”
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Feyenoord’s Advocaat signs one-year contract extension
Feyenoord’s 72-year-old coach Dick Advocaat has agreed to stay with the team for another season, the club said on Tuesday.
He took over from Jaap Stam who quit in October following a 4-0 defeat at arch-rivals Ajax Amsterdam which left Feyenoord floundering in the bottom half of the table.
Advocaat has engineered a turnaround, which has enhanced his reputation for successfully dealing with a crisis and Feyenoord having lost only once in 21 games, since he took over.
“Of course it feels strange in these times, but ultimately it is also good to extend my contract with this beautiful club,” Advocaat said in a club statement.
“Certainly in the past crazy weeks I noticed how passionate I am and how much I want to continue as a coach.
“Something really started to develop within the team here at Feyenoord until everything came to a standstill.
“I want that to carry on and the club wants that too. So, that’s what we aim for, in spite of the many uncertainties that exist at the moment.”
Feyenoord are third in the Eredivisie table with 50 points from 25 games, six behind leaders Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.
The club said they were delighted that Advocaat would mark his 40th anniversary as a coach in their service.
His coaching career began in the Dutch amateur ranks in 1981 and has included three stints as Netherlands coach, plus spells at the likes of Rangers, Sunderland and Zenit St Petersburg.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)
Coronavirus: NCAA takes steps to protect workforce
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has taken steps to protect its workforce against the scourge of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Its The General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Samuel Adurogboye, said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
Adurogboye said NCAA had issued detailed guidelines for its workforce who had recently travelled abroad to self-isolate for 14 days among sundry other measures upon their return to the country.
“This is a directive for the compilation of details of all NCAA staff already on any official assignments or training to a country where there is community transmission of COVID-19.
“This is to be forwarded to the office of the NCAA Director-General and the General Manager, Aero Medical Standards.
“As a corollary, all pending inspections, training and various exchange programmes involving foreign trips are suspended forthwith,’’ he stated.
Adurogboye added that NCAA had also directed that the 2020 Promotion Exercise for staff scheduled to hold on April 4 be suspended till further notice.
He said the postponement was in line with advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for organisations to avoid large gatherings as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.
NCAA enjoined all travelling public and other stakeholders to comply with all directives issued to curb the spread of the global pandemic.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Tajudeen Atitebi
Allow inbound passengers without Yellow card to board, NCAA directs foreign airlines operators
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all airlines operating regional and international flights into Nigeria to henceforth, allow passengers without the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), known as Yellow card to board.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, said in Lagos, on Thursday that the directive superseded the earlier one issued on compulsory possession of Yellow Card.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Yellow card is an international travel document indicating dates and history of a passenger’s vaccination for yellow fever.
Adurogboye said passengers should be advised that they would be vaccinated accordingly at Points of Entry and the process for obtaining the e-yellow card will be initiated.
He said: “This policy shift followed a letter received from the Federal Ministry of Health dated March 11, 2020 reviewing the implementation of the operationalisation of Nigeria Points of Entry policy on the prevention and control of cross border transmission of Yellow fever.
“The review of the policy arose from the competing priority of the ongoing entry screening of our Points of Entry by the Port Health Services for COVID-19.
“Hence, entry screening of passengers due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be prioritised by the Port Health Services until the outbreak has been effectively contained,” he said.
According to him, in view of the above, all airlines operating these flights are to, from March 11, 2020 implement the reviewed policy of the Federal Ministry of Health as follow:
“Passengers coming to Nigeria without documented proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever (valid yellow card) are allowed to board.
“But be advised that they will be vaccinated accordingly at Points of Entry and the process for obtaining the e-yellow card will be initiated;
“For passengers departing Nigeria, a valid Yellow card will be required for boarding.
“Airlines are to communicate this policy to their passengers accordingly and; this policy review is with effect from March 11, 2020.
“It will be recalled that the Authority had issued a letter to the concerned operators on the above subject referenced /74/Vol. III/44 dated Feb. 10, 2020.
“Therefore, strict and immediate compliance is hereby required,” Adurogboye said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Olagoke Olatoye
International Women’s Day: NCAA to implement aviation’s gender equality programme
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that it is fully committed to the implementation of the Aviation’s Gender Equality Programme in the industry.
Capt. Nuhu Musa, the Director-General (D-G) of NCAA, said this in a statement to commemorate the Year 2020 International Women’s Day in Lagos on Sunday.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the International Women Day is celebrated every March 8.
Musa noted that the purpose of the programme was to promote gender equality in the industry.
The director general explained that the authority would also encourage girls to show interests in pursuing courses in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
He said: ” We realise Women’s Rights and we recognise women as the bedrocks of all successful societies.
“And on this day, we acknowledge and appreciate their contributions towards the development of the aviation industry.”
The Director General said that NCAA in alliance with the International Civi Aviation community celebratespd the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020.
Musa explained that the theme of this year was #IWD 2020: I am Generation Equity was very appropriate.
NAN reports that STEM education is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Peter Dada
COVID-19: NCAA orders airlines to issue Health Declaration Forms abroad aircraft
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered all airlines operating international and regional flights into Nigeria to issue Health Declaration Forms to their passengers before arriving Nigerian airports.
Mr Samuel Adurogboye, the authority’s General Manager, Public Relations, gave the order in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Adurogboye said the airlines should also ensure that their crew members filled the form.
He said that the warning was coming on the heels of failure of some airlines operating international and regional flights into Nigeria to provide Health Declaration Forms.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Health Declaration Forms is a passenger’s self-reporting forms.
The general manager said a letter to this effect had been issued to all airlines and other stakeholders.
“In view of the above, airlines are to remind passengers to provide factual address and phone numbers to enhance contact tracing in case there is need to do so.
“The Health Declaration forms will be collected and evaluated by the personnel of Port Health Services on the arrival of the passengers and crew members alike.
“Airlines are to collect the forms from the Port Health Services at the various international airports of the departure country,’’ Adurogboye said.
He warned that failure to comply with the directive by any airline would attract severe sanctions.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
NCAA harmonises coronavirus preventive measures at airports
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is working with all stakeholders to harmonise preventive measures taken against the Coronavirus at the country’s airports.
Capt. Musa Nuhu, the newly appointed Director General, NCAA, revealed this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
Nuhu explained that this to contains the spread following the a confirmed case of an Italian that came through came in through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that health ministry, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos State Ministry of Health and Ogun State Ministry of Health have responded to ensure no further spread of the disease.
Nuhu explained that the preventive measures was to ensure all travelers coming into the country are adequately screened, while causing minimal disruption to them.
He noted that all contingency plans for public health events in aviation had been activated including airport-specific Public Health Emergency Contingency Plans (PHECPs).
Nuhu said NCAA had ensured that all measures adopted at Nigerian airports were in accordance to ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and WHO International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
“This measures is in line with the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA).
“We have been working with the Federal Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders in the aviation industry to ensure all travelers coming into the country are adequately screened while causing minimum disruption to facilitation of travel.
“NCAA will continue to ensure that airlines assist with the tracking of passengers who may have come in contact with suspect or ill persons as well as other measures the National Surveillance Systems requires.
“Airlines and other airport users are advised to heed the guidance of Port Health Services (a division of the Federal Ministry of Health and Competent Public Health Authority at Point of Entry) on the use of screening forms.
“Others are on the assessment of suspect or ill travelers and any other measures they may adopt,” he said.
Nuhu advised airlines, airport operators, security agencies and other aviation industry stakeholders to take appropriate precaution to protect their staff.
He also advised the travelling public to remain calm but alert and take necessary precaution in protecting themselves while traveling.
The director general said this include alerting crew members and airport facilitation staff of travelers that might look ill or showing signs and symptoms of the disease.
Nuhu said travelers returning from countries experiencing community transmission of the COVID-19 should present themselves to Port Health Services on arrival at the Point of Entry – International Airport.
He said travelers who develop signs and symptoms of the disease after returning from a trip abroad were to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest Health facility or call the NCDC on 0800-970000-10.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ismail Abdulaziz
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