FG Plans to Set Up National Airline

Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure -- currently seen as a barrier to economic growth -- to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday.

Sirika said a group of six firms including German carrier Lufthansa would advise the government on setting up an airline, an aviation leasing company and a maintenance hanger, and on creating concessions to run the country's airports, Reuters reports.

Buhari Seeks $5.85b in China Loans for Rail Network

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking approval from parliament for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernise the country's rail network.

Growth in Nigeria - an OPEC member whose economy, the largest in Africa, has been hammered by low oil prices - has been stunted for decades by a lack of investment in the road and rail network.

FG Reopens Abuja Airport after Six-Week Shutdown

Nigeria reopened the capital's airport in Abuja on Tuesday, officials said, following a six-week closure for runway repairs that disrupted international air traffic to the country.

During the shutdown, authorities diverted flights to Kaduna, a provincial airport 160 km (100 miles) away, where carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa and South African Airways refused to fly on security grounds.

New TBS Bus Terminal Opens for Business

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State at the inauguration of the TBS bus terminal assured Lagos residents that his administration is set to improve transportation to meet up with the international standard, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Ambode disclosed this at the ceremony held at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos on Friday.

The governor said that the plan for the transport sector would create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.

16,000 Passengers Transported through Kaduna Airport in 5 days

No fewer than 16,000 passengers were transported through the Kaduna International Airport (KIA) between March 8 and March 12, the first five days of its operation as an international airport.

Mr Ibrahim Bwala, Head, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the figure was recorded within the first five days of its replacing the Nnamidi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA).

FG appoints new directors for NCAA

The Federal Government on Monday appointed five new Directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

NCAA made the announcement in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos.

Adurogboye explained that the appointment was with immediate effect.

He said that those appointed were Capt. Edem Oyo-Ita as Director of Air Transport Regulations, Mr Abbas Sanusi; Director, Human Resources and Administration, Adamu Sani; Director of Finance and Accounts.

Four Agencies’ Heads Sacked in Aviation Sector

Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the Nigeria’s aviation industry have been sacked, a government statement said on Monday.

Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Emma Anasi, and the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr Anthony Anuforom.

Others are the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Mr Samuel Caulcrick and the Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau.

Nigeria Aviation gets World Safety Rating

Nigeria has been rated among the world leaders in aviation safety, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said on Monday.

NCAA’s General Manager (Public Relations), Mr Sam Adurogboye, said in a statement on Monday that the country climbed to Level three State Safety Programme (SSP) Implementation Process.

With the rating, Nigeria has joined countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom and others in their echelon.

NIMASA Shuts 3 Jetties, Port Facilities

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has shut three jetties and port facilities for non-compliance with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Lami Tumaka, on Wednesday in Lagos, said the closure was pursuant to the agency’s mandate as the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of the ISPS Code.

Nigeria Bans Vehicles Import by Land

The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the importation of vehicles into the country through land borders.

Mr Wale Adeniyi, the Nigeria Customs Service Public Relations Officer, stated that “the prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles”.

Adeniyi also said the ban was sequel to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria’s Sea ports only, adding that the order takes effect from Jan. 1, 2017.