The Lagos Airport Police Command says no fewer than 123 persons were charged to court for allegedly committing various offences at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos between January and July 2019.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Joseph Alabi, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, on Friday.
reports that some of the suspects were charged with assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretenses as well as unlawful entry and touting, which contravene the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) bye Laws.
Alabi said the command made 184 arrests and secured 31 convictions within the period, adding that 21 persons were still under investigation while 26 others were awaiting trial.
He said the command was committed to making the airport and its environs safe and secure for travelers, airline operators and other airport users.
“The Lagos Airport has become safer for operations because of the security measures being put in place by the command, working in partnership with other sister agencies.
“We have been able to reduce touting and other nefarious activities within the airport and its environs, especially with the prosecution of suspects caught violating the law,” Alabi said.
Miss Nigeria International promises to make Nigeria proud
Denis Idara, the 2019/2020 Miss Nigeria International Pageant title holder, says her next target is to make Nigeria proud in the Mr and Miss International Africa (MMIA) “The Rebirth Edition 2020”.
Idara told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that her programmes in recent time were cancelled toward necessary preparations for the competition billed for October in Lagos.
NAN reports that the MMIA The Rebirth Edition 2020, a Brendance and Crusader (BC) Limited packaged pageantry, is for males and females from ages 18 to 28.
Idara said she would be representing the country along with Peter Abah current Mr Nigeria International title holder in the pageantry, which would be participated by nine other African countries.
“When I emerged and was crowned the Miss Nigeria International last year, I told myself that I will go beyond the shores of this country in my pageantry career.
“I am glad to say that it’s being an eventful reign for me going by my pet projects ‘Feeding the Elderly’, other activities and the vision of winning the Miss International Africa.
“My preparations for MMIA are super on point, because I have set my entire winning strategy for the pageantry, which is to make my country, Nigeria, proud in the Continental beauty Pageant,” she said.
Idara, an International Relations undergraduate at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun, added that she had successfully completed her pet project, while registration for the pageantry had been endorsed by BC.
NAN reports that the pageantry restricted to African countries, would feature contestants from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Cameroon and Gambia.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
COVID -19 Protocol: International air travellers must arrive 5 hours before departure — Minister
Passengers travelling abroad through Nigeria’s airport terminals are required to arrive five hours before departure to undergo COVID-19 protocols, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said.
The minister said this on Saturday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, when announcing some of the measures introduced for the reopening of the country’s airports closed in March following outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Sirika, who led other members of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to inspect facilities put in place at the airport ahead of its reopening, said domestic travellers on their part would need to arrive three hours before departure for processing.
According to him, this is in a bid to reduce sources of contamination of the virus.
Sirika said that physical distancing had been established at various points of the airport, adding that this is done by marking the floors at the airports.
He said that physical distancing would now be required to be maintained right from the point of getting down from the vehicle that conveyed one to the airport.
“We will provide polythene bags where passengers put all their things for protocol and we will ensure there is a minimal contact by the person screening you,’’ Sirika said.
The minister said that the number of seats at the departure lounge of the MMIA had been reduced to 50 from 500 in order to maintain social distancing.
He further said that passengers must comply strictly to the wearing of face masks before entering the airports while aviation authorities would ensure provision of alcohol based sanitiser at the airports.
The minister added that toilets at the airports were also COVID-19 compliant, stressing that everything is being done to minimise physical contact.
Sirika said that the pilots, engineers, traffic controllers and catering staff, among others, at the airports were now certified and licensed to carry out certain activities only when they have the valid clearance.
He said that the aircrafts must be airworthy with full compliance to COVID-19 protocols, adding that the airports are set to be reopened.
He said that there would be palliatives for operators of airlines because they had lost a lot.
Dr Sani Aliyu, the PTF Coordinator, expressed satisfaction over full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the airport.
He said it showed that the airport was ready for reopening with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Also speaking, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said members of PTF were at the Murtala International Airport to inform Nigerians on the new protocols and processes guiding the reopening of airports.
Other members of the PTF who were in Lagos to observe adherence to COVID-19 protocols were Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunibe Mamora; and Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Uwajiuba.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Actualisation of PPPs in aviation sector will contribute 5% to nation’s GDP-ICRC
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), says actualisation of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the aviation sector will help it contribute at least five per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
ICRC Director-General, Mr Chidi Izuwah, said this while presenting Outline Business Case (OBC) Certificates with respect to four international airports to the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
In a statement issued by ICRC in Abuja, Izuwah said airports in Nigeria had huge potential but were currently operating at a sub-optimal level due to factors needed to be improved under the PPP programme.
“Countries like Turkey derives significant revenues from its aviation sector annually.
“Nigeria should be able to do the same. I want to assure Nigerians that there will be no job losses arising from PPPs in the aviation sector,” he said.
He said that in keeping with the nation’s aviation sector roadmap, key commercial airports in the country were to be developed along with surrounding communities into efficient, profitable commercial hubs through PPPs.
This, he said was with a view to creating jobs and developing local industries.
The four international airports are: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (MMIA), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA), Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (MAKIA) and Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).
He added that the commission issued the ministry an OBC compliance certificate for the four international airports based on the commission’s review and findings.
“The OBC report for the concession of the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airport terminals under PPP arrangement was transmitted to the commission on June 1, for certification.
“In line with ICRC PPP pre-contract regulatory role, the commission has reviewed the OBCs.
“We have deduced that OBC substantially satisfies requirement of ICRC (Establishment Etc.) Act, 2005 and National Policy on Public-Private Partnership (N4P),” he said.
Responding, Sirika said the move would help Nigeria to improve air transport value chain growth by developing and profitably managing customer- centric airport facilities.
He added that aviation assets would remain owned by Nigerians.
According to him, airline passenger numbers increased from eight million to 18 million in the last five years.
Sirika, while quoting the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said that the aviation sector was the fastest growing sector in the Nigerian economy at the moment.
The minister added that Abuja and Port Harcourt airports had new terminal buildings commissioned and operational, adding that Lagos and Kano had terminal constructions that were due to be commissioned in 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that ICRC was established to regulate PPP activities in Nigeria, and to address physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)