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Airlines Battle Scarcity Of Aviation Fuel

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As the nation’s aviation industry continues to face the challenges of fuel scarcity; stakeholders have expressed worry on how government’s inaction is affecting the fortunes of the sector. Roseline Okere and Wole Oyebade report on the challenges of aviation fuel in Nigeria.

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For several days, airline operators in the country have had to battle with challenges arising from the scarcity of aviation fuel, thus leading to flight delays and cancellations.Although, one single marketer was able to supply nine million litres two weeks ago and another 20 million litres was expected to arrive last weekend, petroleum marketers feared that this might just be a temporary measure to get the airlines back in operation.

Already, the pump price of aviation fuel as at last Friday, increased from N120 to N240 per litre, representing almost a 100 percent.The Guardian gathered that the decision to import 20 million litres was reached after series of meetings between the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and airline owners.

Aside the inconveniences faced by air passengers on account of delayed or canceled flights in the last two weeks, airline operators are counting their loses as the fuel scarcity continue to bite harder, grounding at least two in every three flight operations nationwide.

The airlines that have been struggling to remain in business due to economic crunch are now in dire straits, losing an estimated N500 million on daily basis.The figure, as confirmed by financial officers of two of the airlines, explained that the loss were due to several refunds that had to be made to passengers, cost of preparing for aborted operations and debts owed to banks.

Major petroleum marketers, who spoke with The Guardian, said that scarcity of foreign exchange has prevented marketers from shipping jet fuel to airports, forcing several of the country’s airlines to cancel and delay many more flights than they normally do.

The marketers also accused the NNPC for neglecting JET-A1 and concentrating only on importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)Already, domestic airliners announced that they were struggling with flight schedule disruptions due to the severe scarcity of aviation fuel.

Air Peace (APK, Lagos) and Arik Air (W3, Lagos) said in separate statements that a recent spate of cancelations would only get worse given the protracted scarcity of Jet A1.As at last week, Air Peace wrote boldly on its website saying, “due to the current scarcity of JET-A1 fuel, we are experiencing delays in our flight schedule. Please, bear with us as we continuously, strive to give you exceptional service”.

Also, Aero Contractors stated on its website: “Due to scarcity of aviation fuel, you might experience schedule delays and flight cancellations. We regret any inconveniences this might cause you as Aero Contractors will always act in your best interest”.

Nigeria imports its Jet A1. But, given the collapse in the value of the Nigerian naira in recent months and given the scarcity of foreign currency, importers have struggled to source enough products to meet local demand.  Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Obafemi Olawole, said marketers are finding it difficult to source for forex at the stipulated current rate of N285 to a dollar.

He added that the commercial banks are offering the marketers above N300 per dollar, which he said, has discouraged importers from bringing in the commodity.Olawore hoped that with this latest intervention from the Federal Government, the product would be available next week in the country.He disclosed that a major marketer has imported nine million litres of aviation fuel with additional 20 million being expected next week.

Also speaking with The Guardian on the issue, Manager, Public & Government Affairs/Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Akin Fatunke, attributed the scarcity to paucity of forex.
He said: “Government has not made the importation of aviation fuel its focus and it has left it solely to the marketers who are now having challenges with sourcing forex to meet the demand for the product”.He said that Mobil Oil Nigeria, like every other marketer is also having challenges with forex”.

Speaking on the way out, he called on the Federal Government to tackle the issue of pipeline vandalism, which has affected the country’s revenue generation.He also stressed the need to allow the restructuring to work itself out effectively, adding that, this would help the country’s down stream sector.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had in a statement, said that Nigeria’s refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna will soon begin production of aviation fuel as part of efforts to make the product available.Kachikwu stated that the Federal Government was determined to make the product readily available in country irrespective of the fact that it is deregulated.

But, Fatunke feared that the current spate of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta might prolong the country’s dream of becoming self-sufficient in the production of aviation fuel.The situation, rather than abating, has continued to get worse. Last Friday, almost all flights services were canceled at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), Lagos, while rationed flight operations were held at the Murtala Muhammed Airport II (MMA2), Lagos, with spiraled effect to major airports nationwide.

One of the airlines worst hit by the scarcity, Air Peace, has appealed to government to urgently intervene in the crisis.Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Oluwatoyin Olajide, regretted that despite the airline’s efforts to source the commodity, some of its flight schedules were still affected by the scarcity.

Olajide, therefore, solicited the understanding and patience of passengers, saying the airline was concerned about the situation and has been working round the clock to ensure its flights were not adversely affected by the crisis.

Spokesman for Arik Air, Banji Ola, informed that that the airline gulps 500,000 litres of aviation fuel to power no fewer than 120 flights daily. The airline is the biggest consumer of fuel in the sector, and therefore explains the reason Arik is badly affected.

Ola said,  “Marketers have assured that the situation would improve this week as they are expecting delivery of additional stock. Where flights are likely to be delayed or cancelled, Arik Air will notify passengers through SMS and do all possible to accommodate passengers on the first available alternate flight.”

Speaking for government, Kachickwu said the sector has being privatised and the production of Jet A1 was entirely in the hands of the private sector, adding that the Federal Government has been trying to work with them to douse the rousing tension.

He disclosed that in the short term he has been trying to liaise with countries where there is immediate availability of the product, and in the long term, they are working on repairing the Jet A1 pump producing unit in the refineries.

Source: Guardian

 

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Cleric Warns Bobrisky, Reveals When He Will Die (Video)

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Popular Nigerian male barbie, Bobrisky has been told to change his ways as he has just few years to live before he dies.

Islamic cleric, Hammed Ademola who claimed that Bobrisky’s money is from the devil said the crossdresser has about 3 years before he dies.

He further added that Bobrisky’s friends would soon have problems in their lives, which is a consequence of befriending an evil.

Ademola also said that Bobrisky would soon have regrets for going under a knife to be transformed from a man to a woman.

Recall that she recently issued a warning to all crossdressers to not think of taking her throne because she is the queen of crossdressers.

Watch the video below:

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Dead Man Made To Sit On A Chair At His Own Funeral (Photos + Video)

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In what will come across as a really startling development, a dead man has been made to sit at his own funeral.

According to Trinidad Express, the dead man was embalmed into a sitting position, placed in the tray of a hearse and given an open-air last ride past the Office of the Prime Minister on the way to his funeral.

Dressed in a suit and in a chair, murdered Che Lewis was placed in the back of a pick-up van by Dennie’s Funeral Home and driven around Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Witnesses and social media users were stunned.

TTPS Road Safety Co-ordinator Brent Batson told Express via a What’s App message that the funeral home’s manner of transporting the deceased will be investigated.

The dead man was made to sit on a chair at his funeral

Batson said, “The TTPS is disappointed in the reckless behavior engaged in by a funeral home being circulated on social media whereby persons were seen seated in the vehicle tray seemingly as part of a funeral procession. Carrying persons in a dangerous manner is an offence Regulation 38 Rule 17 of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act (MVRTA) with a $1,000 penalty and the TTPS will be continuing investigation into funeral company’s conduct on the road.”

Several videos of the ‘last ride’ were posted on social media, with many commenting that this was “proof that Trinidad is not a real place”, while others said they idea was only novel in Trinidad but was done in other countries.

Lewis, 29, and his father Adlay Lewis, 49, were shot and killed on November 15 at their home at First Trace, Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin.

His funeral was streamed live on social media, but not all the viewers were aware that the man sitting at the entrance to the church was the deceased.

There was also a question as to why he was not wearing a mask.

The funeral home informed that because of the “unique funeral, the church was astonished and refused the entrance of Che”.

Following the funeral service at the St John The Evangelist R.C Church at Church Street, Diego Martin the bodies of father and son were interred the St John The Evangelist Cemetery.

The funeral home also intends introducing a new form of body disposal to Trinidad and Tobago.

It is know as alkaline hydrolysis, a process for the disposal of human and pet remains using lye and heat.

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Shebi You Have Your Own Life, Why Can’t You Mind Your Own Business – Bobrisky Slams Critics

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Nigerian crossdresser Bobrisky has slammed those trying to advise her on how she’s living her life asking them to mind their business.

According to her, in this era of the new world, no one tells anyone how to live their lives not to talk of a 29yrs old like hers who is living her life as she wants.

Adding that those trying to advise her all have their own lives to live therefore they should mind their own business and stop trying to advise her.

At this rate, it’s obvious Bobrisky is not ready to listen to any advice from anyone on how to live her own life as he’s now a big boy at 29.

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