Bell boasts an impressive resume in his 29 years at Virgin Atlantic, starting in reservations and working his way up through the organisation. The move sees Virgin Atlantic’s present Country Manager, Samuel Lindfield, return to the United Kingdom. Over the 2.5 years of Lindfield’s tenure, the airline’s commercial performance has grown from strength to strength. Bell said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new role for Virgin Atlantic in a region that Virgin Atlantic has served across two decades. I look forward to working with our partners in Nigeria to harness that potential into a new reality.
April 26, 2019 05:48 UTC
He also said the move would help reduce tension and insecurity situation once the rural farmers and small scale businesses are empowered with micro-credits nationwide. The NISRAL boss made this known yesterday at the annual seminar for financial journalists, while speaking on, ‘’The NIRSAL Micro-Finance Bank and Real Sector Financing,’’ holding in Gombe State. Represented by a Senior Manager of NIRSAL, Dr. Segun Ogidan, Abdulhamedd further noted that although about 902 microfinance banks are currently operating in the country, over 40 per cent of them are no longer viable. “Our strategy is to ensure the coming back of failing micro-finance banks, remember, financial and non-financial service delivery is our mandate,” he said. He added the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is interested in driving financial inclusion, through branch network and efficient services.
April 26, 2019 05:03 UTC
He reiterated his administration’s strategy to sustain the tempo of mutual relationship between the government and the workers. The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Diji Akinola, spoke yesterday at the delegates’ conference of the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osogbo, the state capital. He said in spite of the economic reality, his administration had consistently enjoyed hands of fellowship from the workforce, hence the need to continue to ensure a high standard of living for all categories of workers. State Chairman of the NLC, Jacob Adekomi, expressed confidence in the ability of the governor to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizens.
April 26, 2019 04:41 UTC
The state chairman of NLC, Onuh Edoka, at the seventh quadrennial delegates’ conference in Lokoja, appealed to the state government to do something urgently to reverse the trend. Edoka maintained that the civil servants were owed between seven and 30 months in salaries, a situation he said made it impossible for them to pay their bills. He appealed to the state government to pay more attention to the welfare of workers, adding that the screening exercise, though desirable, was responsible for backlog of salaries. The NLC, therefore, called on the federal government to release the balance of N30.8 billion bailout fund to enable the state defray the salary arrears. The screening exercise, though painful, has recorded positive results, as some unqualified people have been eliminated from the state’s pay roll, he added.
April 26, 2019 04:41 UTC
Suntai was later flown to a German hospital, and then to the John Hopkins University, in United States for treatment. However, the investigation identified the following causal factors: “The pilot was not certified, qualified and not competent to fly the aircraft. The pilot reported the number of persons on board as six to the control tower as against four actual persons found after the accident. “The Control Tower was notified about 5N-BMJ departure by phone call from Jalingo after the aircraft was airborne. It was reported that the late Suntai had set up “Taraba Airline” following his purchase of an Embraer ERJ-145 jet.
April 26, 2019 04:30 UTC
Roadsides, canals, residential areas, market spots and uninhabited areas are overtaken with heaps of refuse. “They are supposed to come and evacuate refuse here every week but most times they come once a month. Many have condemned the attitude of residents in refuse management in the city. “The refuse you see in the median of the road is the handiwork of those illegal waste management operators. We have been arresting those illegal waste management operators.
April 26, 2019 04:30 UTC
Fourteen of them claimed to be undergraduates, while 18 others said they were self-employed in various vocations. Items recovered from them include six exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones, several documents containing false pretences and fetish objects. According to the commission’s spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the suspects are already “helping operatives with useful information. Meanwhile in Lagos, Wednesday was the third consecutive day of terror by fraudsters at Shittu Street junction of Morgan Street, Idi-Araba, a predominant Arewa community between Mushin and Surulere. They had been on the run since then and have taken up a temporary abode at the mechanic shed there.
April 26, 2019 04:29 UTC
Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, (SNEPCO), Bayo Ojulari, insisted yesterday that over 70 per cent of residential houses and small businesses lack one hour of electricity supply per day. He was pessimistic of government’s drive towards attracting investors, without addressing the country’s energy crisis. Nigeria’s energy consumption was projected to rise from six gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to 30GW by 2025, he added. According to him, the country requires aggressive development of gas and renewable projects to mitigate the energy crisis. Baru disclosed that Nigeria requires a refining capacity of 1.52 million barrels per stream day (BPSD) to meet its premium motor spirit (PMS) requirement by 2025.
In a unanimous judgement, the three-man panel of the appellate court led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya voided the proceedings leading to the conviction and sentence. CA/A/791/2017 followed four interlocutory rulings and the judgement by the court martial, which sat at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja. The court martial led by Air Vice Marshal (AVM) James Gbum gave the judgements on July 11, 2016; November 1, 2016; April 25, 2017 and July 20, 2017. While allowing the appeal by Sani, the court said: “The proceedings and judgement of the special court martial in respect of charge No: NA/COAS/GI/39/16 filed before the lower special court martial was set aside. The charge was in relation to his alleged role in the management of a large parcel of land allocated to the Nigerian army in Asokoro, Abuja.
Country Representative for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. Suffyan Koroma, says 120,000 livestock owners will be vaccinated against animal diseases in Borno State. The contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Pestes des Ruminants (PPR) in Sub-Saharan Africa has cost the state about $60 million (N21.6 billion). Koroma in a statement yesterday in Maiduguri disclosed that the vaccination was to protect herds and livestock owners that depend on them for sustenance. According to him, the United Nations agency is committed to ensuring that livestock owners in the state are protected to have resources to rebuild their lives. His words: “This vaccination campaign is part of a larger agriculture support initiative in Borno, being implemented by FAO and funded by the European Union (EU).
Moreover, $1.12 billion (N403.2 trillion) was the needed financial outlay for procurement of intervention commodities to tackle the menace between 2018 and 2020. In an exclusive interview with The Guardian ahead of yesterday’s commemoration of the World Malaria Day (WMD), the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, said: “Currently, it is estimated that about 53.7 million cases of malaria occur in Nigeria. But that was an old study and the commodities we use for malaria control have changed since that publication. “In 2013, another study indicated that at the household level, direct expenditure is between N4000 and N7000 for malaria. With about 40 million households, this figure will be translating to N160-N280 billion directly lost to malaria.
April 26, 2019 04:15 UTC
The South East Shootout is part of the West African Tour, which offers as much as $50,000 prize money per event. Olapade downplayed his second position at the Eko Challenge Cup in Lagos, saying it is only the beginning of the 2019 series. Speaking after the Eko Challenge Cup, Olapade said his target is winning six titles this season, including the remaining competitions in the West African Tour. After the South East Shootout, the tour will move to the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja, where the B&E Match Play from June 26 to 29 before berthing in Abeokuta for the South West Challenge from July 24 to 27. The last three events will hold at the IBB Golf & Country Club, Abuja beginning with the Qualifying School on December 17, race to the African Tour on December 21 and then the Tour Championship.
April 26, 2019 04:07 UTC
Fashola made this recommendation yesterday in Abuja at the 2019 Architect Colloquium organised by the Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). The minister, represented by the ministry’s Director for Public Private Partnership, Eucharia Alozie, said: “The Federal Government is therefore in full support of the APRN concept, especially the idea that architects are to tag projects with registration number. This, he said, would improve efficiency of the building designs and supervision process, which will result in cost- efficiency. Also, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi advised the ARCON to ensure implementation at the state level, adding that the country needs more architects at the state level. “Our country had the manpower potential required to make our buildings safe for human habitation and use.
April 26, 2019 04:07 UTC
Ahead elections into the Nasarawa State FA, petitions have been flying to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over alleged plots to deny aspirants the opportunity to contest against the incumbent chairman, Mohammed Alkali. Purported letter disqualifying over nine candidates contesting various positions into the State FA have been circulating round the state. Haliru, who had contested twice, claimed he has worked tirelessly for the State FA since 1996 when Nasarawa State was created. Shocked that he is being denied the opportunity to contest for the State FA chairmanship, Haliru, a match commissioner, alleged Alkali wants to do a one-man show in the Nasarawa state FA election. “It is not right that the NFF is silent on the matter after series of petition to the Federation,” Haliru said.
April 26, 2019 04:02 UTC
Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Niger Delta Campaign based in The Netherlands, Sunny Ofehe, who gave this warning, said the Federal Government must to act and save the country from global disgrace. Ofehe noted that Nigeria has a huge Diaspora population living within Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, Caribbean and the Middle East, hence the need for these embassies to serve the nation’s citizens and promote her core socio-economic values around the world. “Any government who understands how Nigeria is respected around the world will not starve its foreign missions of funds,” he said. He, therefore, described arguments made to replace embassies with modern technology as laughable. “In Switzerland, the United States (U.S.) has three ambassadors whereas we have only one who covers the embassy and the United Nations (UN),” he said.
April 26, 2019 03:56 UTC