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FG To Announce New Flight Resumption Date Next Week

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FG To Announce New Flight Resumption Date Next Week

The Federal Government has announced plans to carry out a test run of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Saturday this week.

The test run of the facilities in the 2 airports is to determine their readiness for the resumption of domestic flight operations.

According to a tweet post by the aide to the President on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, this was disclosed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

In his briefing, the NCAA boss, also said that the Federal Government, hoped to announce the date for resumption of domestic flight operations by next week.

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According to the tweet post, “Dry Run tests of Lagos and Abuja Airports will be coming up this Saturday. Hopefully, sometime next week, we will be able to announce a restart date for domestic flights.”

He also said, “Significant progress has been made regarding readiness to restart domestic aviation industry. A few gaps remaining which will be closed hopefully in next couple of days. We have to get it right both in technical safety and health safety.”

Nuhu also noted that after the dry run tests, the FG would identify the gaps that might be there and close them. After that, the date for resumption of domestic flight operations by next week would be announced.

The airports had been closed to both domestic and international flight operations since March as part of measures by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source reported the suspension of the resumption of domestic flight operations by the Federal Government. The Government said that the initially announced date of June 21, 2020, was no longer feasible as they did not feel that the industry was ready.

The NCAA said they would submit a report to through the Aviation Minister to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, advising on a possible date for resumption.

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Men’s Basketball Team 90-87 in a Scrimmage Matchup

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Basketball Team

Nigeria’s D’Tigers stunned the US Men’s Basketball team 90-87 in an exhibition game played on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

 

D’Tigers who lost 156-73 to the US team at the London 2012 Olympics put up an incredible performance despite the sterling performances of Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard.

Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent put up a tremendous performance as he hit six three pointers of the 20 Nigeria recorded in the match.

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D’Tigers who won the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia continue to intensify their preparations under the tutelage of Mike Brown ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has disclosed that the state currently has 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this to newsmen when the Victims Support Fund made an assessment tour of the Gwada IDP camp in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to Inga, the burden of taking care of the IDPs is taking a toll on the state government because of the dwindling resources of the state government, stressing that the government resources can no longer sustain the displaced people for long.

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Inga further explained that the majority of the displaced persons are still in the camp because their communities are not safe for them to return.

He expressed concern over the fact that it is only the state government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that have reached out to the displaced persons in the camp, calling on other humanitarian agencies and development partners to reach out to the people.

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Uber driver, and two other suspected traffickers with different quantities of cocaine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, export shed of the airport on Tuesday, June 8.

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He added that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

According to him, when the package was searched, 150grammes of cocaine, concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

He further noted that investigations have so far confirmed that the suspects were behind two seizures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.

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