The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured stakeholders in the maritime sector of the continuous operations att he nation’s oldest seaports, Apapa, and the Tin-Can Island port despite attacks and the burning of NPA’s headquarters at Marina in Lagos State.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, gave this assurance yesterday while conducting media men on a tour of the facility to assess the extent of the damage.
The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Chief Dr. George N. Moghalu has stated that all Maritime Agencies in the country are looking for ways to harmonize their operations.
The M.D disclosed this while briefing the Press at the end of All Heads of Maritime Agencies Monthly Meeting hosted by NIWA at the Authority’s Headquarters, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that the state will develop a rail infrastructure to complement the world-class bus terminal which is under construction to shuttle air passengers to and from the airport terminal.
The Governor explained that these are parts of the development activities embarked on by the state government to ensure travellers have a better experience while passing through the airport.
At a briefing in Abuja yesterday, Nigeria' Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, announced that international flights would begin landing daily in Abuja and Lagos. He clarified that there would be four fligts daily, starting from August 29th, 2020. Nigeria will be reopening its borders for international flights on August 29th, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced. According to Sirika, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be the first to be reopened. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria's airports shut down at the end of March to all non-essential international flights.
The Nigerian Federal Government said it will review its air agreements with various countries as a result of the unacceptable treatment of Nigerian carriers by the UK.
A Nigerian Air Peace airline flight deployed to evacuate stranded Nigerians in the UK has been denied landing rights. A statement released by the Nigerian high commission in London on Sunday. The evacuation flights from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos will now depart on Tuesday, July 14 on a partner airline.
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.”
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.
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.