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Expect delays, long hours of checks, re-checks, FAAN warns ahead of airports reopening

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Coronavirus: FAAN postpones aviation conference

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of the resumption of flights.

The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post-COVID-19.”

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Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive at the airport until they depart.

She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal.

“We are going to expect flight delays, flights will experience delays from checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveller to leave home hours before his flight. Why do I say this?

“Because there is going to be a lot of checks in the front of the terminal we have been told that some may activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travellers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time,” Yakubu said.

 

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Policemen allegedly storm Joy Nunieh’s home ahead of appearance before house committee

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The home of former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh is reportedly surrounded by Policemen.

She is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today July 16, as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.

Media personality, Fisayo Soyomobo said the policemen arrived at Dr Joy Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt at about 4 am. He said this means the former Acting MD of the NDDC cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.

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Dozens of policemen are circling the House of Joy Nunieh, the former MD of NDDC, who is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.

The policemen arrived at Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, at about 4am. Their presence means she cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.

Nunieh recently accused Niger Delta Minister Godswil Akpabio of trying to “come up” on her after failing to bribe her and convince her to take an oath of secrecy in Abuja.

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Lagos set to launch MSME hub, e-commerce platform

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Lagos State Government has engaged the Lagos State Council of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, to discuss the challenges facing the sector due to COVID-19, promising to provide a workable solution that would help ameliorate the problems facing entrepreneurs in the State.

 Addressing members of the MSMEs in Ikeja, the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Dr. Lola Akande, assured that the outcome of the meeting would further be discussed at the forthcoming Corporate Assembly scheduled for 23rd July, 2020 with Mr. Governor.

She explained that the Council meeting on MSME is an instrument through which technical, financial and other business support linkages are promoted between MSME operators, public/private local and institutional support agencies in the State and at Federal level.

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The Commissioner disclosed that plans are already being perfected by the State Government to launch Lagos MSME Hub and E-Commerce platform as a way of enhancing on-line trading and capacity building for the MSMEs operators where they would be exposed to various market opportunities, financial linkages, networking, mentoring and how to embrace innovative approaches to their businesses.

Dr. Akande averred that the State Government will continue to design and administer policies, initiatives and intervention that would help to enhance, promote, attract and harness the potentials of MSMEs for the development of the State economy and Nigeria at large.

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“The State Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government, is also planning to establish a Fashion Hub Centre in Gberigbe, Ikorodu to take the fashion industry to the next level as well as meeting up with international standards”. 

“Also, an industrial estate is ongoing at Imota Light Industrial Estate, Ikorodu to provide accommodation for our small-scale industrialists with modern facilities that would be heavily subsidised”, she added.

The Commissioner averred that these plans are being put in place under the present administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, in response to some challenges confronting the sector and as a way of engendering growth, development and sustainability of MSMEs towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in the State.

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In her remarks, the Chairman of Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industrialists, NASSI, Lagos, Mrs Gertrude Akhimien urged the State Government to develop a comprehensive programme for mass establishment of cottages/small scale entrepreneurship across the State through the setting up of more industrial clusters.

The Chairman, who commended the Lagos State Government for being proactive in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the development has made it imperative to ramp up economic activities to forestall imminent economic recession and its attendant risks.

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She, however, challenged the State government to take urgent steps on tighter labour laws and actionable job creation projects, adding that, with the collaborative effort from both the private sector and the state government, making Lagos a 21st-century economy can be achieved.

 

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Nigeria records 643 new COVID-19 cases, total now 34,259

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Nigeria has reported 643 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 34,259.

This is according to the latest figures released on Wednesday night in a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The new cases were recorded in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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Lagos State maintained its lead position with 230 new infections while the FCT recorded 51 cases.

The remaining 17 states with new infections are Oyo – 69, Edo – 43, Osun – 35, Rivers and Ebonyi each having 30 cases, Kaduna – 28, Ogun – 27, Ondo – 23, Plateau – 20, Benue – 17, Enugu – 16 and Imo – 10.

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Others include Delta – 6, Kano – 4, Nasarawa – 2 with Kebbi, and Ekiti each having 1 case.

NCDC noted that a total of 13,999 patients have recovered and have been discharged, while the country’s death toll stands at 760.

 

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