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IATA, in its report, titled, ‘Quarantine measures threaten aviation restart in Africa and the Middle East,’ noted that aviation was the worst-hit sector in Africa and the Middle East with more than 8.6 million jobs at risk. The report did not provide the data for May.

According to the report, passenger numbers in Nigeria declined in April and June by 4.7 million and 5.32 million respectively when compared to the corresponding periods in 2019.

The Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen policies that would transform the country into a world-class tourist hub.

Sen. Eze Ajoku, President of the coalition made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Sunday in Abuja, in reaction to the increasing emigration of Nigerians to Dubai for tourism.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola told the National Assembly Joint Committee on Works, on Wednesday, that the Federal Government is proposing a plan to concession 10 key highways in the country. The project will be called the “Highway Project and Management Initiative.”

A petition seen by SaharaReporters has fingered Grace Gepke, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Information and Culture, in a multi-million naira fraud. According to the document, the minister in charge of the ministry, Lai Mohammed, was instrumental to the release of millions of naira for different unexecuted projects. The petitioner, Clifford Ume, in the document addressed to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel to look into the activities Gepke, alleged flagrant abuse of office and massive corrupt practices by the official.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for a 'Marshall Plan' to aid the recovery of the Travel and Tourism Sector in Africa, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the sector very hard.

''It is imperative for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to support Africa with a 'Marshall Plan' of sorts, in terms of technical assistance, capacity building and grants,''

Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has advocated the use of culture as a therapy against Covid-19 pandemic. Stressing the potency of culture to address all human challenges, he said that culture is the totality of the ways of life of a people and therefore could be employed to solve all human problems.

In his words, the NCAC boss noted that the same way Medical Doctors use theatre as a place to heal the sick, and Artists use the theatre to educate and entertain, culture is a theatre of the mind and soul.

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 00:00

National Assembly Push for Opening Airports

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Aviation and other related agencies to commence local flights, beginning with the opening of at least one airport in each of the six geopolitical zones with the view to give all zones a sense of belonging and ensure equity and fairness.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:00

NIWA Cautions Lagos State Government

The unending face off between the National inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA) and Lagos State government over dredging activities may enter another phase as the federal government waterways regulatory agency frowned at the attempt by Lagos State House of Assembly to over reach itself on the extant mining laws of the federal Republic of Nigeria which mandates Niwa to oversight access through the waterways.

As the sector faces up to an unprecedented challenge, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (a subsidiary of the World Tourism Organization) has analysed the steps being taken by businesses and trade associations to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Studying the actions taken by Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) in 25 countries, the research revealed that, in spite of staff furloughs, employers across the sector are stepping up their support for workers and for communities.

Two months of flights restriction has cost the Nigerian travel sector job and financial losses in excess of N180b. In fact, the cost may be more, going by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) estimates, which showed that the prolonged lockdown and the Coronavirus crisis had so far put 124,000 Nigerian jobs at risk, and some $900m (N324b) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in jeopardy.

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