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Airline Operators Fault FG’s Directive On Employment Of Local Pilots

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The Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, on Tuesday said the Federal Government will start grounding private jets registered in foreign numbers, but operate commercial operations in the country to the chagrin of several Nigerian airlines.

The new policy, which had been effected last Thursday, also affects Nigerian registered private jets that engage in “hire and reward”.

This came as the government has mandated all airlines operating in the country to henceforth have Nigerian pilots in their cockpits, as a way of helping to close some gaps in the system and provide jobs for about 500 Nigerian pilots who are yet to get jobs many years after their training, while indigenous carriers employ expatriates who now dominate the technical area of the airline sub-sector.

Speaking at the launching of the “Aviation Commits Initiative”, Chidoka said that at the moment, there are 90 foreign registered aircraft in the country, with additional 111 Nigerian registered carriers currently in use in the system. He stressed that some of them have diverted from their operational certificates. This, he noted, has led to loss of massive revenues to the federal government.

The minister therefore urged them to regularise their papers before the deadline. “If by February 5, 2015, the affected airlines failed to regularize their papers as expected, the federal government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, would ground their operations and revoke their licences.”

One of the indigenous operators, who spoke to Thisday, last Wednesday, however, said that the new directive was good, but the government must provide the funds for further training to accumulate accepted number of hours that would qualify the pilot to be type-rated and be made a co-pilot for a particular aircraft type.

“When a pilot finished training as a pilot he may have logged in about 200 flying hours. There is no way you can make a first officer as co-pilot of medium sized equipment and large body aircraft. Insurance insists that you log in minimum of 50 flying hours on that particular aircraft type with about 500 hours flying experience. So where will the pilot get the extra 300 hours flying experience? Insurance want to ensure that the co-pilot will be able to, at least, land the airplane if the pilot in command is incapacitated or if he dies.

“For you to get 500 flying hours and 50 hours experience of the aircraft type, the pilot will have to train on single pilot certified aircraft. Such aircraft are not in Nigeria; so the pilot will have to go overseas to train and get the stipulated minimum hours. So when you say that you want to put a co-pilot in a big body aircraft without meeting these criteria, insurance will not allow you,” the operator said.

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.

The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

Also Read: North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto

Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.

 

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Raises Alarm As Bandits Allegedly Kidnap Scores On Kaduna-Abuja Road

The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.

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