Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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My heart bleeds for Haiti

Haiti should be the pride of the black world. The first black republic that came out of a slave revolt is, however, not in the news for anything that inspires pride. If they are not in the news for the level of corruption amongst the ruling elite, then they are in the news for being the poorest country in the world or for a devastating earthquake that occurred in the country in 2010 and decimated the population. Even Haitians are tired of being in the news for all the wrong…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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Why Obaseki is yet to constitute his cabinet – Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. The former commissioner and ex-political adviser to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, speaks, in this interview with CAJETAN MMUTA, on the Godwin Obaseki-led administration, among other issues   How will you assess the new government in Edo State under Governor Godwin Obaseki, which is over hundred days in office? I think 100 days is quite a short time in the life of a government, but the 100 days of Governor Godwin Obaseki has been like…

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Visa application: NIS reprimands 11 officers for exploitation

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, has directed that 11 officers and men of the Service be issued query for overcharging foreigners on the ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility. Babandede disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja. He said that the 11 officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, were found to have overcharged some visitors on the newly launched ‘Visa on Arrival’ (VoA) facility. He said that other disciplinary actions would be taken on them after…

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‘Stronger collaborations needed to tackle illegalities in maritime’

Mr. Vickson Ossai Aghanenu is the Managing Director of Anagba Ventures Nigeria Limited and President of Association of Chandlers and Ship Suppliers of Nigeria. In this interview with BAYO AKOMOLAFE, he speaks on the illegal activities in the country’s maritime, which requires collaboration from all stakeholders to sanitise the sector and raise its contribution to the nation’s economy. Excerpts:     How would you assess the performance of the maritime industry in the last three months? The maritime industry, which is very important to the Nigerian economy, has been experiencing…

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German national waiting to board Arik Air flight slumps, dies

As Germany deports ISIS suspect to Nigeria   A German national, Brenard Christo, who slumped on Friday at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, has died at an undisclosed hospital. The spokesman for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the death of the German to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday. Alabi said the deceased was waiting to board a local Arik Air flight on Friday morning when he suddenly collapsed. He said medical personnel attached to the Federal Airports Authority…

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Xenophobia: FG condemns renewed attacks on Nigerians

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, yesterday condemned the latest attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, describing it as pathetic. Dabiri-Erewa in a statement issued by her Special Adviser, Media, Abdur- Balogun, said: “This renewed attacks and killing of Nigerians is pathetic coming after a high level, successful meetings by both the executive and Legislative arms of government.” The Presidential aide, called on South Africa to show the political will to deal with the issue by at least punishing culprits, lamenting that no…

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