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Comptroller Binga Hands Over the Reigns of Western Marine Command to Comptroller Peters

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Comptroller Binga Hands Over the Reigns of Western Marine Command to Comptroller Peters

It was a moment of cheering, as Comptroller BN Binga hands over the stewardship of the Western Marine Command to Comptroller Olugboyega Peters as the new Customs Area Controller CAC.

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Comptroller Binga Hands Over the Reigns of Western Marine Command to Comptroller Peters

Comptroller Binga Hands Over the Reigns of Western Marine Command to Comptroller Peters

Speaking at the occasion in Lagos, Peters described Comptroller Binga as an experienced and intelligent officer, even as he promised to tap from his wealth of knowledge, as well as expertise whenever a situation arises.

He said, “The Command under Comptroller Binga performed very well in curtailing smuggling on sea. We are ready to build on the achievements of my predecessor and to step up security surveillance on the creeks, waterways. In doing so, we will always seek the expertise of Comptroller Binga.”

He pointed out, “Customs is doing a lot in tackling smuggling on high sea. Western Marine Command is a terrain for professionals. It is the Federal Operations on Sea.

“We are calling for greater working synergy with the media in area of information sharing. The media practitioners should not hesitate to inform the Service whenever they have useful intelligence. We must do everything for the betterment of our economy”.

More so, Comptroller Peters said that Western Marine under his watch will leave no stone un-turn in curbing illicit trade on creeks and waterways, in order to support revenue-generating formations enhance income flow for the Federal Government.

His assertion, “Western Marine as an amphibious arm of the Service will maintain a good working collaboration with relevant stakeholders in carrying out its statutory functions.”

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In his response, Comptroller Binga stressed, “I am handing over the Command to a very competent officer. I believe he will do more to surpass what we have done so far in this Command.

“Comptroller Peters is PSC ++ officer and I know that he will do very well in moving the Command forward. He is a core professional in Customs operations. He has what it takes to succeed in his new assignment. I wish him good luck”.

It was learned that the Command under the supervision of Comptroller Binga made tremendous impacts in anti-smuggling drive on creeks and high sea.

Some of the mind-boggling seizures recorded by Compt. Binga includes uniforms of Nigerian Military, Immigration, Police and Air-Force.

In 2019 alone, Compt. Binga and his team recorded 30 seizures of various items, namely foreign rice; textile materials; cannabis sativa; wrappers; petroleum products; tramadol; buffalo horns; large quantities of smuggled poultry products; second-hand shoes and clothes, among other prohibited items worth over N129.5million, as against N98.1million recorded the previous year -2018.

Also, Western Marine under Compt. Binga participated in 2019 ‘Anti-smuggling sensitisation workshop’ held at Yaba College of Technology Lagos, where over 290 participants were enlightened on the dangers of smuggling to the nation’s economy. The Command delivered a well-researched lecture and was honoured with award of ‘Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria.’

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Air Peace disputes demanding payment for an evacuation flight to Dubai

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Air Peace disputes demanding payment for an evacuation flight to Dubai

The management of Air Peace has disclaimed having any link with offensive efforts of one Mr. Simon that has been sending messages to innocent customers, fleecing them of their money. Simon with the handle @simono1219 has been requesting the airline’s customers to pay for a non-existent evacuation flight.

This was disclosed by the airline in a statement it issued on Tuesday via its Twitter handle. It explained that the individual and others like him brand themselves as ‘agents of Air Peace’, sliding into peoples’ direct messages and sending them unsolicited and mischievous messages.

It stated, “The general public is hereby advised to shun messages from such swindlers, as Air Peace has not engaged an agent for special or evacuation flights. Passengers will normally pay directly to us. If you receive such a deceitful message, kindly send a mail to our call centre to confirm its authenticity and enable us to do the needful.”

Meanwhile, about three weeks ago, the management of Air Peace was contacted by the Indian High Commission in Nigeria to undertake the evacuation of stranded Indian nationals to Kerala, India.

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The airline explained that a list of passengers that would be attended to have been released and it has started reaching out to the Indians on Saturday.

It stated, “A list of the passengers to be attended to has already been given to us and we have commenced reaching out to them. The flight shall depart Lagos on May 30, 2020, to Cochin Airport, Kerala.”

The flight is not free anyway. According to the airline, payments are expected immediately and they are; Economy class for $1,300 and Business class is tagged $1,700.

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Coronavirus: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano airports will reopen in few days – NCAA declares

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Coronavirus: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano airports will reopen in few days – NCAA declares

The director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, said major airports in the country would in the next few days reopen after weeks of inactivity caused by the novel Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Source gathered that the airports to  to be reopened are the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt Airport, Choba, Rivers state.

The Nation reports that Nuhu stated this at a virtual event organized by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The challenges and opportunity for Nigeria’s aviation value chain, during and post.

The federal government had on March 16, placed a travel ban on 13 countries, including China, the United States, and Italy that had recorded over 1,000 cases of coronavirus.

According to the report, on March 13, the federal government shut all airports for one month and later extended it by two weeks.

Nuhu said the NCAA worked with representatives of airlines and ground handling companies before forwarding a proposal to the minister of aviation for approval. The NCAA boss said: “We may resume domestic operations with four or five airports and we hope to expand as we get better. We don’t want to rush everything at the same time and get it choked up. “Every money is important and we cannot achieve the two-meter physical distance. We are hopeful in the next few days we can resolve those issues and allow the airlines to commence operations.

“We have made our suggestion and recommendations and we are awaiting feedback from the ministry of aviation.” Nuhu said air transport must be safe and not become part of the ways of spreading coronavirus.

He stated that physical distancing was an issue as discussions were still on leaving the middle seats in an aircraft vacant.

NCAA has, however, released COVID-19 protocols as approved by the federal ministry of health for the aviation industry. The protocols are for Nigeria-based crew operating international flights. The crew members are now required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights. Nuhu, who announced the approval of the new protocols in a letter to airline operators, airports, and other service providers, added that the crew members would not be quarantined but would undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at the expense of their employers.

According to the letter, the new protocols replace the current practice where Nigeria- based international flight crew members are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.

He added that in the new protocols, the airliners must ensure among others, orientation and sensitization of their crew on Infection, Prevention, and Control (IPC) measures.

The protocols also state that airlines must have adequate stock of PPE, a minimum 70 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) onboard every aircraft.

The letter read in part: “Onboard the flight crew will request passengers wash their hands after using the lavatory, apply the disinfectant spray in lavatory every 60 minutes during the flight and maintain a safe distance between passengers and themselves; avoid direct physical contact and serve only pre-packed meals to passengers.

“Flight deck crew must wear non-medical face masks and gloves but can remove face masks when the cockpit door is closed.

SOURCE had previously reported that the federal government evacuated 292 who were stranded in Saudi Arabia due to the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

It was reported that the flight conveying the evacuees arrived in Nigeria on the night of Tuesday, May 19, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Lockdown: FG seized aircraft for operating commercial flight into Nigeria.

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Lockdown: FG seized aircraft for operating commercial flight into Nigeria.

Flair Aviation aircraft, belonging to aviation firm based in the United Kingdom (UK) has been seized by the Federal government for operating commercial flight into Nigeria during the lockdown.

Hadi Sirika,  Minister of aviation disclosed this on Sunday, May 17 via his twitter.

The crew members are being interrogated while the aircraft has been seized.

Sirika said: “…Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights.

“This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be a maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”

Before now, the federal government has permitted the firm to operate flights only on a humanitarian basis.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government was trying to trace most of the 155 passengers in the aircraft that brought to Nigeria the Italian confirmed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Legit.ng gathered that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Monday, March 2, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, adding that 156 passengers were on the manifest of the flight that brought the Italian.

According to the report, unlike what obtains in other countries, the name and other details of the Italian patient had not been made public yet.

The minister said some of the passengers on board the aircraft that brought the Italian were yet to be traced because of the ambiguity of the contact information they provided.

He said: “We cannot give a fixed figure on the contact tracing because it is a continuing process. But the only one we know for sure is the 156 passengers who were on the aircraft with him (the Italian) and those ones are being tracked and we have been talking to them and we are getting cooperation.

“There have been a few challenges. Some people gave telephone numbers that didn’t work or (when called) said switched off. There are some who probably don’t have telephones or some who are new arrivals in Nigeria.

“They are not yet registered with any telephone company, but there are ways in which they can be found out. Some have probably left the country if they were to be here for a day or two.”

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