FG Orders Probe of Unauthorised Use of Equipment by Aero Contractors

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has directed immediate investigation into the use of unauthorized equipment by Aero Contractors Airlines charter flight to Bauchi Airport on Saturday.

The order is contained in a statement signed by Mr James Odaudu, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs Unit of the ministry on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement said that several reports received by the minister indicated that the airline used a ladder to disembark passengers from a Boeing 737 aircraft at the airport.

Nigeria to Correct Lapses in Rail Dev. Agreements with China –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari pledged Friday, 4th December 2015 in Johannesburg that his administration will take necessary action to correct lapses which have hindered the implementation of agreements signed with China under past administrations for the development of rail transportation in Nigeria.

Buhari, Chinese leader to Discuss Railway, Power Projects in South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari will be in South Africa, Thursday, 3rd December, 2015 to participate in the Forum on China/Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) taking place in Johannesburg, December 4-5, 2015.

At this forum President Buhari will follow up his meeting with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping which took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in November in New York.

Yuletide: Nigerian Police Force Deploys Bomb Detection Squad to Airports

The Nigerian Police Force has deployed its Bomb Detection Unit to help beef up security at various airports in the country ahead of the forthcoming Christmas celebration.

A statement issued in Lagos at the weekend by Yakubu Dati, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said the deployment was part of the security and safety measures.

Mitsubishi Motors Plans Nigerian Assembly Plant

Mitsubishi Motors Corp expects to open an assembly plant in Nigeria in the next year, joining the growing list of carmakers setting up local assembly plants in the west African nation, the Japanese group's regional head told Reuters.

"It's still in negotiation - you can say in the third round out of 10," Anand Singh, the regional head in west Africa, said. "We have identified the land. Now we are waiting for some clearances from customs, finance ministry ... so that's the status."

Analysts say the auto market in Africa's biggest economy has huge potential.

Ford's Nigerian Plant Turns Out First Vehicle

Ford Motor Co's new Nigerian assembly plant has built its first model and will produce an initial 10 vehicles a day for the domestic market, the U.S.-based carmaker said on Tuesday; Reuters reports.

The company said in August it would start the assembly of its best-selling Ford Ranger pickup trucks in Nigeria, as it expands in Africa and the Middle East.

Police, Maritime Stakeholders Jointly Checking Waterways Crime –AIG

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Maritime, Fiara Yerima, on Tuesday in Lagos said the police and maritime stakeholders were collaborating to check waterways crimes in Nigeria.

Yerima said the issue had gone beyond the security agencies tackling it alone.

He added that all who have business to do with water must be part of the battle by providing useful information.

“We are strategising with major stakeholders in maritime industry to check waterways criminals.

Mile 12-Ikorodu BRT Operation Flags-Off

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday reassured that he would effectively address the issue of traffic congestion and improve road networks in the state.

Ambode spoke at the commissioning and launch of the Mile 12-Ikorodu Road widening and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) operation.

He said the projects showed the government's commitment to the infrastructural renewal and development of the state.

“The commissioning is a milestone in public transportation system in the state.

Mariner Calls for Improved Security on Nigerian Waterways

A marine engineer and ship surveyor, Capt. Peter Onwordi, has blamed insecurity on waterways for low shipping operations and commercial fishing in Nigeria.

Onwordi said, “Western ports services are reluctant going to the Eastern ports because of security reasons.

“And this security factor could be taken care of by the Nigerian Navy, not NIMASA. The responsibility of maritime security is domiciled with the Nigerian Navy.

“But the platforms must be there first of all; the platform to patrol the water front, the sea lane of communication.

Imports Nosedive at APM Terminals, Apapa

APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria’s busiest container terminal might shed its staff strength due the steep drop in imports as global oil prices fell 50 per cent in last one year and reduced government’s revenue.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday by Mr Austine Fischer, General Manager, Communication and Sustainability, APM Terminals, Nigeria.