COVID-19 And Aviation: Path To Restart The Sector After The Pandemic- Seyi Adewale

The magnitude and enormous effect of the Coronavirus COVID -19 caught almost every economy of the world by surprise. COVID -19, a contagious, variant strain of Coronavirus (in the family as MERS and SARS) is believed to have originated from the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province of China. This Coronavirus outbreak emanated from a local seafood/wild animal market in Wuhan and it has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and evidently so. It attacks the respiratory system and thus severe breathing problems and pneumonia type…

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Court Sentences Funke Akindele, Husband To 14 Days Community Servic With N100,000 Fine Each

An Ogba Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate Aje-Afunwa, today sentenced and fined popular Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello N100, 000 each for violating the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020. The couples pleaded guilty before the court. Delivering judgment, Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa ordered that the defendants should pay a fine of N100,000 each. The court also ordered that Funke and her husband must serve 14 days community service, after which they will go through a period of isolation and that they must also…

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COVID-19: 1739 Foreigners Evacuated From Nigeria So Far— FAAN Regional Mgr.

…Says FAAN’s Revenue Profile Has Dropped About 1,739 foreigners have been evacuated from Nigeria through the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos since the evacuation exercise began about 10 days ago. This is just as Delta Air Lines evacuated 200 Americans at the airport in continuation of the exercise. The Regional Manager, South West Airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, disclosed these to aviation correspondents in her office at the Lagos airport. She said that since the evacuation exercise began that airlifting of…

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NCAA Extends Airlines AOC Validity, Suspends Issuance Of New Ones

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has extended the validity of the Air Operating Certificate ( AOC) for airlines, whose certificates have expired and are awaiting renewal. to cushion the effect of the challenges posed by the COVID-19, which has ravaged the aviation industry globally. In the same vein, the regulatory body has also suspended the issuance and processing of AOC and other related certificates as a result of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu revealed this in a letter dated April 1, 2020, signed…

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IATA Commends Eurocontrol For Delaying Payment Of February’s Air Navigation Charges To November 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thanked Eurocontrol member states and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) for agreeing to delay payments due for air navigation services in February through to May this year. The payments would have totalled more than 1.1 billion Euros. With airlines suffering from a severe liquidity crisis due to a 9per cent collapse of air traffic across Europe, this cost burden would have compounded the acute difficulties facing the industry. Speaking on the development, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe, Rafael Schvartzman,  “We profoundly thank…

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Glo Launches Stay Home Data Plan, Offers Up To 20% More Data

In order to facilitate work from home, sustain business activities and create more excitement for Nigerians while the government’s stay at home order in almost every part of the country subsists, Globacom has empowered its data customers with more data as they renew their plans. In the new offer, aptly tagged: “Stay Home Data Plan,” the network is offering up to 20 percent more data for its subscribers irrespective of the data plan they purchase. A statement released by the company said the customer will automatically enjoy up to 20…

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Trump Blames WHO For Late Pandemic Call, Threatens To Withhold Funding

President Donald Trump blamed the World Health Organization for getting “every aspect” of the coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatened to withhold funding from the international organization. “They did give us some pretty bad play calling … with regard to us, they’re taking a lot of heat because they didn’t want the borders closed, they called it wrong. They really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong,” Trump said at a White House press conference Tuesday. The WHO, the United Nations’ health agency, started sounding the alarm on the…

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Buhari Decides When COVID-19 Lockdown Ends – SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, says the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 lacks the power to end or extend the lockdown imposed by the President. Responding to questions from reporters, the SGF who is also the chairman of the task force stated that only President Muhammadu Buhari could take a decision on the issue. “He (Buhari) and he alone will make the decision as to when the lockdown would either be extended or it will stop at the expiration of 14 days,” Mustapha said…

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WhatsApp Places New Limits On Message Forwarding To Curb The Spread Of Coronavirus

WhatsApp has placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The new policy limits users to forwarding certain messages to one “chat” at a time, aiming to limit the rapid propagation of content which is provocative but likely to be false. The Facebook-owned messaging platform said it took the action to enable people to concentrate on personal and private communications during the health crisis. In recent weeks, “we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which…

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