Uzoma Akabusi is a travel enthusiast and tourism professional. He has also been actively involved with Africa's business tourism destination promotion and investment facilitation. His specialty is West Africa.
Previously, Uzoma Akabusi worked some international travel and logistics companies including Hertz in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says non-scheduled local airlines in Nigeria are still operating their normal flights at the various airports. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Nnamdi Udoh, the Managing Director of NAMA, on Thursday in Abuja. Nnamdi said this was contrary to some reports that non-scheduled airlines (private jet operators) had shut down their operations in protest against the new aviation charges introduced for the use of general aviation terminals at airports. ``We wish to inform the public, especially aviation stakeholders, that the allegation is false as serious non-scheduled operators are still operating their normal flights at our various airports. ``The few operators who could not operate are those who are yet to comply with the new regime. ``As at today, more than 30 operators have paid the requisite fee and are freely enjoying our services,’’ he said.According to him, the charges are jointly being collected on
AS part of effort to provide feeder roads in the rural areas and to ease mobility of agricultural produce across the country, the World Bank yesterday disclosed that it would inject $190 million in the second phase of Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II). The Second of the RAMP II project which would kick off in year 2012, would be implemented in Six states, including, Adamawa, Niger, Enugu , Osun, Cross river, and Kaduna State . Disclosing this yesterday at the National Workshop on the Development of the rural Travel and Transport Programme (RTTP) implementation plan, the World Bank Transport specialist, Tunji Ahmed, an engineer, said the World Bank was collaborating with Nigeria in order to provide good roads needed to assist farmers to transport their goods. The World Bank Transport Specialist who disclosed that 448km of rural road was being
A Nigerian, Dr Olumuyiwa Babatunde Aliu, has been elected President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). He is the first African to head the world body. He was elected on Monday at the 38th Assembly of the organisation in Montreal, Canada by an assembly consisting of 172 countries. Aliu received full support from the Federal Government. The Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah led the Nigerian delegation to drum support for the accomplished Aliu who has built invaluable goodwill among ICAO member countries’ representatives. This massive support for Nigerian representative as membership of ICAO Council by the international aviation community confirm the recognition of the increasing strength of Nigerian aviation industry. The Minister, while in Canada last month, paid a courtesy call on the out-going President of the Council in his office as part of the strategy to secure his continuous support for Nigeria and also hosted several bilateral meetings with delegates of United States, the European Union and several others.
Accompanied by Director Generals and CEOs of Nigerian aviation parastatals, the Minister garnered support and pledges from many countries and regional groups, as well as international aviation stakeholders, such as Airport Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Lagos State Government has begun to clampdown on unregistered hotels, restaurants and tourism establishments in the state following their non-compliance with the Supreme Court’s judgement. The Supreme Court had ruled that only states had the power to regulate activities of hotels, restaurants, event centres and other establishments in the hospitality industry. The government decried that over 3,000 hotels, restaurants and others in the hospitality industry were yet to register with the state government before doing businesses in the state. The annual registration fee for hotel is N250,000. About 25 hotels and restaurants have been served default notices to comply with government’s directive to register their business outfit or risk closure. On Wednesday, officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations began enforcement of the law in Victoria Island, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, serving defaulting hotels and restaurants notices.
Some of the facilities that have been served default notices in Victoria Island are Jade Palace, Steers Real Burger, the Yello Chichi, Bonza Restaurant Café Bunbeanos and Paris Deli Restaurant Café Bakery.
TO curtail oil theft and guide against breach of national security, President Goodluck Jonathan has directed relevant agencies to ensure oil and gas cargoes are discharged only at designated terminals. Speaking at the just concluded forum on Oil and Gas Trade and Investment held at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone (FTZ), Jonathan emphasised the need for agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the ban on midstream discharge of cargoes and to prevent ocean-going vessels from discharging directly at private jetties. According to Jonathan, port reforms had ensured greater efficiency “thereby reducing goods clearing period from about six weeks to about one week”. He described port reforms and the federal government collaboration with the private sector in the development of Onne Free Trade Zone (FTZ) as successful and “highly visible”. According to him, since the inception of the present administration in 2007, the federal government has demonstrated the willingness to engage in more flexible and innovative policies “that will accelerate economic growth and development in order to put Nigeria in the league of the 20 largest economies in the world”.
If helicopter operations in Nigeria are not altered by accidents or major incidents, its business, especially in the oil and gas industry would generate $600 million (about N96 billion) for all commercial air transport operators in 2014, experts have said. The amount, according to Akin Oni, managing director of Bristow Helicopters, would be generated by operations of over 83 helicopters being operated by six operators with Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in the country. At a one-day seminar with theme ‘Strengthening safety in the aviation sector’ organised by Aero Consult Limited at Lagos airport, he said the oil and gas sector is the life blood of Nigeria adding that 90 percent of export earnings and 40 percent of government revenue is from oil production. According to him, over 90 percent of the production is onshore and offshore sections of the Nigeria where only ‘helicopters provide quick and safe access for companies in the prospecting and production operations.’
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation will today present its report on the investigation into the alleged purchase of two controversial BMW bulletproof cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA). The committee has recommended the removal of the minister of aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, for violating the 1999 Constitution (as amended). LEADERSHIP had exclusively reported on Monday that Oduah would be recommended for sanction by the committee on the grounds that she flouted due process and approved a contract of N643m which exceeds her threshold of N100m. The recommendations of the report include indictment of Oduah for breaching the 2013 Appropriation Act, for breaching the Public Procurement Act and for negligence of duty. LEADERSHIP further gathered from reliable sources that the report also prescribes for sanctions against all parties involved in the purchase of the vehicles, including management staff of the NCAA. A lawmaker who spoke to LEADERSHIP on the recommendations last night but sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter said, “We have indicted her on everything. She has breached the Procurement Act as was uncovered during the public hearing and the Appropriation Act as well.
Britain is scrapping a plan to force visitors from six "high-risk" countries to pay a cash bond of £3,000, the country's interior ministry said Sunday. The government had been preparing to pilot a scheme requiring visitors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria to pay the deposit for a six-month visa. They would have forfeited the money if they overstayed. "The government has been considering whether we pilot a bond scheme that would deter people from overstaying the visa. We have decided not to proceed," a Home Office spokeswoman was quoted by AFP as stating. Reports in June said the scheme would initially target hundreds of visitors before being extended to affect several thousands. The plan had prompted an outcry from government and business leaders in India, with which Britain has been trying to foster a closer trade relationship. The then Nigerian Foreign Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, also said in June that the bond scheme was "not only discriminatory but also capable of undermining the spirit of the Commonwealth family. "The London-based Sunday Times newspaper reported yesterday that the scheme backed by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives had been blocked by junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats. Cameron's government has been seeking to show it is serious about a promise to cut net migration into Britain
Despite the N705 billion investments in port reforms aimed at making Nigerian ports more efficient and cost-effective, cargo dwell time in Nigerian ports has remained the longest in the West African region. BusinessDay investigations revealed that Nigerian ports currently handle an average of 77 million metric tonnes of cargo and 877,737 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers annually. But industry analysts estimate that Nigeria would be handling over 150 million metric tonnes of cargo annually if the current dwell time of over 21 days is reduced. The lingering long dwell time, according to analysts, has made Nigeria to lose over 40 percent of inbound cargoes, which are diverted to neighbouring ports of Benin Republic, Togo and Cameroon. Most of the analysts who spoke to BusinessDay attributed the long dwell time to bureaucratic bottlenecks in the form of excessive physical examination of imported cargoes by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and long documentation processes involved in cargo clearance at the port.
Currently, it takes an average of 14-21 days ((two-three weeks) or more to clear a consignment from the seaport. This is happening despite the 48-hour cargo clearance policy of the Federal Government. Comparatively, it takes an importer an average of 48 hours (two days) to clear and take delivery of his or her consignment in Ghanaian ports. For Cotonou (Benin Republic) ports, it takes between five to seven days (one week) to clear a consignment.
The Director-General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Malam Yusuf Abdallah, on Wednesday in Dutse said the commission had listed 100 new monuments and sites across the country. Abdallah made the disclosure at a five-day stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop on the declaration of monuments and sites in the North-West geo-cultural zone. He said the 100 new monuments and sites would be declared open for use to commemorate the country’s centenary and anniversary of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates.``The commission has proposed 18 national monuments in the north-west geo-cultural zone. ``Six of the monuments were proposed in Kano State, four in Kaduna State, three in Katsina State, two in Sokoto State and one in Jigawa, Kebbi and Zamfara respectively,’’ the director said. Abdallah said Nigeria has a total of 65 declared national monuments in 22 states at the moment.