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IT’S AN ACTION OF HONOUR, STRENGTH AND INTEGRITY! APC applauds Kemi Adeosun’s resignation

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The All Progressives Congress says the resignation of Mrs Kemi Adeosun as Minister of Finance and acceptance of same by President Muhammadu Buhari is an action of honour, strength, character and integrity.

Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC acting National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Adeosun in her resignation letter to the president admitted that her National Youth Service Corp exemption certificate was not genuine and might affect the credibility of the administration if she failed to quit office.

Reacting to the development, Nabena said that like all responsive and responsible governments concerned about the truth and due process, the APC-led Federal Government undertook a diligent investigation of the allegation.

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“Now that the report of the investigation is out, the right thing has been done, the honourable Minister has taken the path of honour and resigned,” he said.

Nabena congratulated Adeosun for her action and wished her success in her future endeavours, and joined the president in appreciating her immense contributions to the stability of the Nigerian economy in the past three and half years.

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He added that in Buhari’s administration of integrity and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, no government officer with a modicum of questionable conduct or integrity should stay in office.

He noted that in past Peoples’ Democratic Party led administrations, the country was held down by “corrupt and irresponsible public officers.”

He said such officers had often time refused to honour invitations of the National Assembly; closed down national airports against perceived political adversaries and bought luxurious bullet-proof vehicles with public funds at inflated prices.

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He recalled that such public officers had also locked out National Assembly members, forcing Federal Lawmakers to climb high barricades in order to assess the legislative chamber.

“It was these acts of corruption, impunity, irresponsibility and executive rascality that made Nigerians vote in the President Buhari administration in 2015, with its change mantra to put a stop to such undemocratic practices,” Nabena said.

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COVID-19: Port Harcourt International Airport reopens

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The Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) has restated commitment towards ensuring a zero Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission as Port Harcourt International Airport resumes operations.

Mr Abayomi Akinbinu, the Regional Manager, South-South and South-East, FAAN, said this on Saturday at the airport during the arrival of the first flight after three months of COVID-19 shutdown.

The first flight conducted by Air Peace 5N EUV from Lagos arrived Port Harcourt International Airport terminal at 7.50 a.m.

Abayomi said that the Port Harcourt airport management was poised at ensuring zero chances of COVID 19 transmission as flight operations kick-starts at the airport

According to him, compliance with the COVID 19 safety guidelines by regulatory bodies in the sector has been well upheld, adding that management will give no room for default.

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While commending safety compliance level by service providers and passengers at the airport, he, however, decried poor adherence to the physical distancing rule.

“To the best of my understanding, I think I’m satisfied with our adherence to safety tips but there could be a few protocols that we need to adjust especially in the area of adherence to physical distancing rule.

“Our markings of 1.5 metres apart are visibly on the floor, but maybe because of excitement it’s not being properly followed; so we need to make quick enforcement in that regard,” he said.

On passenger turnout, Abayomi said that being the first COVID-19 flight, low passenger turnout was expected with a gradual increase in the coming days.

“On the departure section, we are gradually getting more passengers and I believe that going forward passengers’ turnout is going to increase.

“My message to prospective passengers is that the Port Harcourt International Airport terminal is safe,” he added.

Dr Nuhu Mwabi, Head of Aviation Medical Clinic of the airport also said that the Port Health is fully on the ground conducting mandatory temperature checks on both service providers and passengers before allowing them into the terminal building.

“This is because we want to fish out persons with a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and above so that we can isolate such individual.

“Our cardinal objective is to ensure that we contain the spread of COVID-19 as well as other communicable diseases within the airport,” he said.

Mwabi also said that various medical teams and the WHO is also fully ready to professionally handle any suspected case where the need arises.

“We have an isolation centre right here for any person with a high temperature to be examined and if need be, we would then call for further assistance from the State Epidemiological unit,” Mwabi said.

Meanwhile, some passengers have also commended FAAN on its innovations in the COVID-19 era.

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Mr Ralph Akinyemi, one of the first passengers who arrived Port Harcourt from Lagos, urged the management of the airport and other regulatory bodies to maintain the tempo, which he described as commendable.

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COVID-19: Emirates Airlines to cut 9,000 jobs

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Emirates Airlines has cut a tenth of its workforce during the novel coronavirus pandemic in layoffs that could rise to 15 per cent, or 9,000 jobs, its president said, according to a report on Saturday.

The Middle East’s largest carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft, halted operations in late March as part of global shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.

It resumed two weeks later on a limited network and plans to fly to 58 cities by mid-August, down from about 157 before the crisis.

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However, its president Tim Clark has said previously that it could take up to four years for operations to return to “some degree of normality,” and the airline has been staging rounds of layoffs, as recently as last week, without disclosing numbers.

Before the crisis hit, Emirates employed some 60,000 staff, including 4,300 pilots and nearly 22,000 cabin crew, according to its annual report.

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Clark said in an interview with the BBC that the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and that Emirates “will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15 per cent.”

A company spokeswoman told AFP the airline had nothing to add to the report.

The International Air Transport Association has said that airlines are in line to make a combined net loss of more than $84 billion this year in the wake of the pandemic crisis, the biggest in the industry’s history.

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Clark said in the interview that Emirates was “not as badly off as others” but that the crisis hit just as it was “heading for one of our best years ever.”

The Dubai-based airline had reported a bumper 21 percent rise in annual profits in March.

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Three Ogun traditional rulers die in one week

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Tragedy in Ogun communities as three traditional rulers have reportedly lost their lives between Saturday, July 4 and Thursday, July 9.

The deceased traditional rulers were identified as the Alakija of Ikija Orile Egba, Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde; the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Muftau Akindele and the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Olusola Gbadebo Oni.

It was learnt that Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde died on Saturday morning after a brief illness at the age of 88.

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According to report, Oba Ayorinde, a foremost socialite and industrialist was the first monarch to be crowned as Alakija of Ikija, Oke Ona Egba.

He was buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites.

Barely 24 hours after Oba Ayorinde’s death, the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Mufutau Akindele also joined his ancestors.

The Aare Baaroyin Egba, Chief Lai Labode, confirmed that the monarch died on Sunday, July 5.

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According to Lai Labode, the late Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju was a close friend of the late Alakija.

Akindele was laid to rest Islamically on Monday. He was aged 90.

Likewise, the Olu of Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government Area of the State was reported to have died on Thursday.

In a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Government announced his demise on Friday.

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According to Somorin, the 77-year-old monarch died after a brief illness.

The statement added that the late monarch, who ascended the throne as the 15th Olu of Imasayi on September 15, 1990, was upgraded to a First-class status in July 2005.

The Government prays that God Almighty gives the family and the people of Imasayi town the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

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