Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru has an indepth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. 

Over the years, he worked in prominent media houses such as The Mail, The Nigerian Observer, The Post Express, Anchor, Traveller's Weekend Magazine now (African Travel Quarterly Magazine) as Editor, New Age Newspapers, and The SUN.

He is versatile, a publisher, outspoken, witty, a team player, a great motivator and widely travelled. He is a public commentator and an accomplished tourism writer in Nigeria. Later he moved over to the travel press and also became their chairman.

The Charge D’ Affairs of Venezuela Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Miguelangel Vecchia, recently said Nigeria and Venezuela have started implementing an agreement that allows visa-free travel for officials and diplomatic passport holders. Vecchia made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said the agreement was made official in the Venezuelan official Gazette number 40, 215 published on July 26, 2013. He recalled that the agreement was initially signed on Nov. 24, 2012 by the then Nigeria’s Minister of State 1, Prof. Viola Onwuliri and Venezuelan Deputy Minister for Africa, Mr Reinaldo Bolivar. The envoy said the agreement would deepen the diplomatic and bilateral relations between the two oil producing and exporting countries. The Charge D’ Affairs said the embassy in Abuja had simplified visa application requirements for ordinary passport holders.However, he added, the requirements for students and business visa were simple ``but it is not free.’’ Vecchia said the Venezuelan government had signed 33 multilateral agreements with Nigeria since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two in 1965. He commended the commitment and foresight of former President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela for

1 Base Ammunition Depot of the Nigerian Army, Gusau, said it had repatriated 226 foreign donkeys to Niger Republic. Maj. Hamman Saleh, the Commandant of the depot, told Journalists while loading the donkeys at the Tsafe military check point, Zamfara, that the donkeys were intercepted in the bush on Monday along with their 49 owners. Saleh said due to the security challenges in the country, the donkeys and their owners were apprehended and searched to detect possible concealed weapons. He, however, said that only axes and cutlasses were found in their possession, adding that the intruders, however, gained entry into the country illegally. Saleh said the suspects had been handed over to the state's command of immigration service. The Comptroller of Immigration Service in the state, Alhaji Shattima  Mailafiya confirmed the development. Mailafiya said that the suspects, mostly Nigeriens, would be repatriated to their country. He said already, the state government had provided three trucks for the exercise through the Nigeria/Niger border at Illela in Sokoto State. Mailafiya said that about 68 other illegal aliens had been repatriated in the last four months through the same border. He, however,

The Ministry of Aviation has shed light on the plan for Nigeria to have a national carrier, saying the federal government has no stake in the airline project and that all its shareholding will be taken over by the public. It also confirmed that Aero and the defunct Air Nigeria would be merged to become part of the new carrier, while Arik Air, for now, is excluded from collaborating to establish the carrier because the owner refused to go public and that the airline has a high, complex debt profile. But Arik Air Chairman, Chief Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, disputed the claim as he accused the ministry of not carrying the airline along in most of the things it is doing. A top official of the ministry who craved for anonymity while speaking to THISDAY on the matter, also explained that the new airline would be designated as a carrier in the mould of British Airways and Lufthansa, whose equities are owned by the public but they are recognised as the national carriers of UK and Germany respectively.

The source said Embraer would provide about 10 aircraft for the operation, including the two owned by the defunct Air Nigeria, which would be refurbished and that the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has acquired the assets

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00

Jigawa Airport Ready for Operations in 2014

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, on Monday inspected the N11 billion Dutse International airport in Jigawa. Oduah, who undertook the inspection when she visited the ongoing project of the airport, said the airport had a three-metre runway. She said the essence of the airport was to improve the lives of Jigawa people and to ensure that commerce and connectivity were prioritised using the airport as a platform. `` It is the vision of Mr President to mainstream aviation to accomplish several economic purposes. `` The airport will also deal on perishable items; Jigawa should be our perishable hub for this area and we have huge plan for perishable cargo,’’ Oduah said. The minister urged other state governments to emulate their Jigawa counterpart, adding that the feat was done in a record time.  According to her, President Jonathan, eight months ago, laid the

The Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to suspend the new charges on airline operators pending the outcome of a stakeholders meeting. The Sen. Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo) led committee gave the directive on Monday in Abuja following a meeting with the relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry. The operators had complained to the committee that NAMA had contravened the Aviation Act by asking them to pay the fees without consulting the relevant stakeholders as was stipulated by law. Spokesman for the operators, Mr Bala Ibn Na’allah told the committee that if the contravention was allowed to subsist, it would be in disregard of democratic norms. ``The law in Section 12 says that all the powers given to the Civil Aviation Authority in the exercise of its powers to make regulations, the authority shall consult with stakeholders including airlines.

``The complaints of the non-schedule airline operators are that no one is consulted before this decision was taken, ’’Na’allah said. Na'allah, a former member of the House of Representatives also complained that NAMA was asking operators to pay these

The ECOWAS Commission has said that the Lagos-Abidjan highway development project is estimated to cost two billion dollars (about N328 billion). Commissioner for Infrastructure at the commission, Mr Ebima Njie, said all ECOWAS member states and development partners would be involved in the funding of the project. He made the disclosures in Abuja in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of a meeting of experts and development partners for the Lagos-Abidjan Corridor Highway Development Project. The commissioner added that the experts meeting would focus on three core areas for the funding and realisation of the project. ``We are now focusing on three areas; the legal framework which is going to govern the movement of people and goods within the corridor. ``The technical terms of reference of the designs and the management which is going to govern the highway and the financial mechanism which is one of the most important things in order to get the dream realised.``ECOWAS and the development partners are our key stakeholders. 75 per cent of our trade movement relies on this corridor. ``We are going to put up a funding mechanism, a pool of funds whereby it could be a mixture of funding; we’ll take

Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

Transport reform: FG initiates new bill

The Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, said the Federal Government has initiated a Transport Reform Bill aimed at encouraging the participation of state and local governments in the sector. Umar, who stated this at a one-day Conference on the Use of Road and Accident Prevention Techniques in Abuja on Thursday, said the draft would soon be transmitted to the National Assembly. He said government was constructing, maintaining and rehabilitating more roads, including showing more commitment towards reactivating the rail system to reduce pressure on the roads. According to him, the Federal Government has started the construction of new standard gauge lines and promoting inland waterways transport to provide cheaper means of transportation to the people. ``Government is also committed to implementing the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety programme as an action against road traffic accidents and reduction of fatalities by 50 per cent by

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Kano Airport Resumes International Flights

International flight operations resumed yesterday at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, with the arrival of a Sudan Air flight at 9am local time. The resumption of international flights, which was greeted with great excitement by the people of Kano State, was observed by the deputy governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was conducted round the terminal by the regional general manager in charge of North-West Airports, Alhaji Ibrahim Daibu, to observe passenger facilitation for the Sudan Air flight. The airport had been without international flights since KLM stopped its flights to the ancient city due to low passenger turnout. According to Yakubu Dati of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), all facilities required for international flight operations at the newly remodelled international terminal, including modern conveyor belts, x-ray and 3D screening machines, check-in counters and immigration counters have been installed to ensure safety and security at the airport.

Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Nigerian airlines shun consolidation

In spite of global trends, Nigerian airlines have shunned mergers and acquisitions as a viable option for combating the twin issues of capacity and service delivery. Growing debt profile and high regulatory charges/fees have practically crippled the operations of most of the airlines, but they are yet to consider coming together to build capacity, according to industry watchers. Gabriel Olowo, president of Sabre Networks, says that despite the fact that mergers and consolidation have gained ground in the global aviation industry, Nigeria’s airlines are still foot-dragging on the concept, pointing out that Nigerian airlines may face serious trouble if they do not embrace mergers and consolidation. “Nigerian airlines are at the bottom level of success. The six airlines that we have in operations are on the lowest rung of the ladder in terms of revenue, service delivery and good business model,” he said, adding that the business climate is shifting from the West to Africa and that when that shift comes, the continent’s carriers may be caught napping.”
BusinessDay learnt that most of the airlines, at the moment, are struggling to pay salaries, while many of them lack the requisite engineers to do independent aircraft maintenance checks on their fleet, bringing to fore the issue of manpower.

ABUJA — Against the backdrop of recent air disasters in the country, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday, raised an alarm before the Senate that there are no laws empowering it to stop aged aircraft flying our airspace. The agency said unless the National Assembly amends the existing law; it would continue to register old aircraft, saying no law stops it from granting operating licenses to aircraft that are above 50 years. At a public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Aviation, where all heads of agencies under the Ministry of Aviation appeared to answer questions from the committee on problems in the sector, Director of Aerodrome Services, Mr. Joyce Nkemakolam, who incidentally acted as Director-General after the sack of former Director General, Mr Harold Demuren, also disclosed that of all the nation’s airports, not one had been fully certified. Nkemakolam, who was asked by Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chairman of Senate Committee on Aviation to name the airports in the country that were fully certified, simply responded: “Distinguished chairman, no airport in Nigeria has been fully certified.Senator Uzodima, while speaking at the occasion, said his committee discovered that the NCAA issued several operational licences to non existing aircraft in the country just as he said it found that the aircraft manufactured over 43 years ago were flying the country’s airspace with registration of other old ones still being carried

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