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Report: Managers systematically plunged Nigerian airline into debt. Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge to begin operation January 2019 – Chairman - Alhaji Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Board of Nigeria Railway Corporation, says construction of Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge will be completed in December 2018 and start operation in January 2019.

Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge to begin operation January 2019 – Chairman -

Abubakar said this during his official visit to the Nigeria Railway Corporation Western District, Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday. The chairman said project will not be abandoned this time around as the government has released its counter fund. Abubakar said: “It is a pity that this present administration met a decaying railway system. Nigeria: How Regulation Reduced Nigeria's Local Airlines From 150 to 9 in 17 Years - Official. While Nigeria has about nine functional local airlines in 2017, it had 150 registered local airlines in the year 2000, an official has said.

Nigeria: How Regulation Reduced Nigeria's Local Airlines From 150 to 9 in 17 Years - Official

A spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, described the drastic reduction as one of the achievements of effective regulation by his agency. Mr. Adurogboye on Sunday absolved the regulatory agency of any responsibility for the problems being encountered by some domestic airlines.

Two of Nigeria's major local airlines, Arik and Aero, have been taken over by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, over their huge debt profiles. While AMCON has blamed mismanagement of the airlines as the main problem, airline operators have blamed multiple charges by agencies like NCAA for the problems confronting the airlines. Multimodal West Africa to prepare Nigeria’s transportation and logistics sector for growth - YNaija. Nigeria’s leading transport and logistics experts will gather for the historic maiden edition of Multimodal West Africa 2017 (MMWA) from Tuesday, 14th to Thursday, 16th March 2017 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Multimodal West Africa to prepare Nigeria’s transportation and logistics sector for growth - YNaija

Most of the industry stakeholders are excited about the Exhibition as they believe it will adequately reposition the Transportation and Logistics sector, which used to be noted for its huge contribution to the nation’s economy but has struggled to retain its position as a result of economic downturn. As part of the commitment by Clarion Event West Africa, the organisers of the event,to deliver value and reinforce the essence of the exhibition as one with capacity to foster economic development especially at such a crucial time in the country;MMWA will run concurrently with the very successful Nigeria Manufacturing Equipment Expo (NME) and the Nigerian Raw Material Expo (NIRAM) at the Landmark Expo Centre.

Others are Mr. Comments. Nigeria’s shipping traffic in downward trend — Business — The Guardian Nigeria. Nigerian ports • Vessels berth plunges to 4,025 • Calabar Port records least outward cargo The critical issues at Nigerian ports appear to be impacting negatively on the seaports’ activities as recent statistics indicate that the shipping traffic is nose-diving.

Nigeria’s shipping traffic in downward trend — Business — The Guardian Nigeria

Indeed, the shipping and ports related activities data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the number of vessels that berthed at all the ports dropped from 5,369 in 2013 to 4,025 in 2016, while the gross registered tonnage also dropped from 146,820,488 in 2014 to 122,186,758 in 2016. The reduction in shipping activities portends danger to the nation’s manufacturing sector as it indicates that fewer equipment and machinery are imported into the country. Nigeria’s shipping traffic in downward trend — Business — The Guardian Nigeria. Nigeria: 2016, Bad Year for Nigerian Ports, Official Data Show. By Oladeinde Olawoyin From 5,369 in 2013, the number of vessels that berthed at ports in Nigeria dropped to 4,025 in 2016, representing the lowest in four years.

Nigeria: 2016, Bad Year for Nigerian Ports, Official Data Show

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, made this known in its 2013-2016 Shipping and Port Related Activities Data released on Wednesday. Nigeria moves up in global aviation rating. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday said Nigeria had attained another high level safety rating which placed it among the world leaders in aviation safety.

Nigeria moves up in global aviation rating

The NCAA made the announcement in a statement by its General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye. The statement said the country climbed to level three State Safety Programme (SSP) Implementation Process, joining countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom and others in thr echelon. “This categorisation is dependent on the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which tracks the SSP implementation process of member-states via its Integrated Safety Trend Analysis and Reporting System (iSTARS).

“Member states in tandem, therefore, deploy this platform to undertake Gap Analysis, define their action plans and benchmark their progress. “Only two member states-Australia and Sri Lanka- have achieved full implementation of the SSP according to ICAO records. Tsunami In Aviation Sector As Minister Sacks Agency Heads. The federal government on Monday evening fired four agency heads in the Nigerian aviation sector and immediately announced their replacements.

Tsunami In Aviation Sector As Minister Sacks Agency Heads

The agencies affected appeared to have been taken by surprise, as their helmsmen were in their offices when the hammer came down in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Sabiu Zakari, on behalf of the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. A source, however, told SaharaReporters some of them might have received an authoritative warning last week. At the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Emma Anasi, who had served in an acting capacity since March 2016, was replaced with the former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Fola Akinkuotu. Mr. Abuja Airport Closure: NANTA Wants Foreign Carriers To Fly Into Lagos, Not Kaduna. The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) has urged the federal government to allow foreign carriers the option of flying their Abuja-bound passengers to Lagos instead of Kaduna, which had been suggested as an alternative to Abuja airport while it undergoes renovations.

Abuja Airport Closure: NANTA Wants Foreign Carriers To Fly Into Lagos, Not Kaduna

NANTA President Bankole Bernard said that allowing foreign airlines to fly their Abuja-bound passengers to Lagos would be the best option since some of the foreign airlines have expressed reservations about Kaduna Airport. Mr. Bernard feared that rerouting planes to Kaduna might lead some airlines to withdraw their Abuja-bound flights altogether. He explained further that Kaduna Airport is still under renovation with the N1.1 billion recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), saying that if the March 8, 2017 deadline is not met for the commencement of work on the runway, it would add more pressure on airlines and passengers. Mr. NIMASA shuts 3 jetties, port facilities. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has shut three jetties and port facilities for non-compliance with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS, code.

NIMASA shuts 3 jetties, port facilities

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Lami Tumaka, on Wednesday in Lagos said the closure was pursuant to the agency’s mandate as the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of the ISPS Code. The facilities are Heyden Petroleum Jetty Ijora Lagos; Waziri Jetty, Dockyard Road Apapa, Lagos; and Starz Marine Shipyard Ltd., Onne, in Rivers. Nigeria: '2016, the Worst Year for Port Operations'

By Sulaimon Salau With only a few days into 2017, maritime operators including seaport operators, clearing agents and all stakeholders are unanimous in their assessment that the outgoing year has been the most challenging and one that will linger in their mind for a long time to come.

Nigeria: '2016, the Worst Year for Port Operations'

They attributed these challenges to many of what they described as Federal Government's unfavourable policies, a development that saw the seaports, which used to contribute a large chunk of Nigeria's non-oil revenue becoming less active. This left government almost financially stranded, with less capacity to invest in infrastructure, create more jobs, address security, including fighting insurgency, and funding other activities that define good governance.

Recent statistics from Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), which governs and operates the nation's ports showed that container traffic inward Nigerian ports (import) dropped to 6,831,348 tonnage as at September 2016, from 9,419,672 in 2015. Cargo airports with no cargo — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria. Cargo airports The arbitrary designation of cargo airports across the country when there is no corresponding cargo to lift is political hoodwink than economic masterstroke. That explains why none of the airports is operational. Both commercial and cargo airports operate a two-way traffic arrangement. The same way commercial aircraft bring in passengers and then depart loaded with passengers is the way cargo planes operate. The aircraft doesn’t fly empty in either direction. Cargo planes, for which cargo airports are built, bring in cargo and then load goods destined for other destination.

Are there no regulators that should approve and direct these airport projects? Shettima To Fast Track Dry Port In Maiduguri Borno State. Road crashes claim 6000 lives annually – FRSC boss. Lagos Residents Spend 3 Out Of 10 Years In Traffic - Report. A recent report by a Lagos-based transport firm has revealed that Lagos residents spend an average of three out of every ten years of their lives in traffic. The survey shows that the traffic has adverse effects on the lifespan of residents of the state, as they spend an average of seven hours and twenty minutes in traffic daily. Also See: No Amount Of Prayer Will Get Us Out Of Recession – Fashola Tells Nigerians According to the Managing Director, Planet Projects, Mr. Biodun Otunola, who spoke a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, 70 percent of the city’s traffic bottlenecks are located on road junctions. NPA Generates N84.7bn From Eastern Ports In 9 Years. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has collected a total sum of $481million (N76.9billion at prevailing rate of N160 per dollar ) and N7.81billion respectively from the Eastern Ports in nine years (2006-2015).

The revenue collected from 2006-2015 was generated in local and foreign currencies (dollars) in the years under review. NPA with headquarters in Lagos is zoned into Western Ports – Apapa and Tin Can – and Eastern Ports – Rivers Port, Onne Port, Calabar and Delta Port. Ports & Cargo terminal receives the largest vessel to call Nigeria. Borno government allocates land for proposed dry port. The Nigeria Shippers Council has been allocated 83 hectares of land by the Borno State government to build the proposed Maiduguri dry port.

The approval was given after the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello, visited Gov. Kashim Shettima, to inform his of the federal government’s readiness to build the port. The council had secured the approval of the Federal Ministry of Transport in 2006 to build a dry port in Maiduguri. The project suffered setback due to the Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. He said the proposed port, when completed will take care of all import and distribution of goods from Nigeria to countries like Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Sudan and Central Africa. Nigeria Can Overtake Kenya's $1bn Per Annum Perishable Cargo Export. By Chinedu Eze Nigeria can generate over $3billion annually in the next two years from perishable farm produce export to Europe and other destinations with good freight system, recommended farm input and packaging.

The Managing Director/ CEO of ABX World Nigeria Limited, Captain John Okakpu, whose company is into export of vegetables and other farm produce to Europe through air freighting, made the remark. Okakpu said currently Kenya exports about $1 billion worth of vegetables per annum to Europe but Nigeria has better climate, has variety of farm produce and can generate and export perishable goods than any other country in Africa. According to him, this is the most viable alternative to the dwindling oil revenue adding that in farming more people are engaged so it would boost employment and in addition put money in the pockets of ordinary people.

"So it is a means of delivering grassroots people from poverty", he added. Nigeria's air cargo exports up 39% Nigeria's air cargo exports up 39% Nigeria Misses Out in Air Passenger Growth Projection for African Nations. Cronos Airlines launches Lagos-Douala-Malabo flights » TODAY.ng. Malabo-based leading carrier, Cronos Airlines, has partnered a subsidiary of Nigeria’s Peacock Group, Peacock Aviation and Allied Services, to open a new travel gateway-Lagos-Doula-Malabo flights. Business and pleasure travelers will have the opportunity to fly the new travel gateway, which began with grand and special inaugural and maiden flight on October 26. This will continue in an uninterrupted manner with a twice-weekly flights scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays. The flights will connect passengers in a direct non-stop flight between Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, and Doula, the Capital of Cameroun, and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s busy capital.

Train service has reduced cost of moving cows – NRC. Lagos state government tightens grip on mile-to-mile taxi system. Airlines Survival In Nigeria: Aero And First Nation Suspension Of Services Pt. 3. Foreign airlines flying into Nigeria start refuelling abroad. Nigeria: Historic North-South Rail Transportation of Cattle, Farm Produce Launched. I'm Done with Lagos Traffic! FleetPartners New Staff Shuttle Boat is Here!! - FleetPartners Leasing Ltd. We provide high standard, state of the art boats and ferries for corporate staff shuttling Lagos Mainland to Lagos Island Mondays to Fridays. Our boats are very comfortable and we comply strictly to the laid out HSE regulations. Averts Lagos’ unavoidable rush hour road trafficVery comfortable and amazing cruise experienceHigh safety standardsProfessional and experienced crewEntirely seamless and stress-free processEach trip is allocated to your company’s staff only, we do not combine two or more clients in one tripCost effective: It fits smoothly into your monthly budgetHighly organized ticketing and boarding system.

Trips are scheduled according to clients requests.We also provide the option of a shuttle bus that picks your staff from the boat station and brings them directly to your office gate. Naija247news - Nigeria scores lowest ranking in new World Bank’s trade logistics performance index. Airlines Pull Out of Nigeria as Its Economy Tanks. Abuja-Kaduna Rail To Be Ready For Use In July – Amaechi. Nigeria: Ministry Test-Runs Abuja-Kaduna Rail. By Chris Agabi. Nigeria: Railway Commences Movement of Coal By Eastern Line in June. By Jonah Nwokpoku. Nigeria: Railway Commences Movement of Coal By Eastern Line in June. Passenger traffic  ‘rises by 23% in 12 years‘ Passenger traffic at Nigerian airports in the last 12 years increased by 23 per cent, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Managing Director Saleh Dunoma has said.

According to him, it rose from 4.4million to 12 million passengers in the review period. Naija247news - Nigeria loses $700 mln monthly due to dominance of crude oil shipment by foreign shipowners. Nigeria: Ship Owners Join Forces to Form One Body. Nigeria shifts take-off date for rail project. NEXIM seeks cheaper transport for African shippers. Nigeria: Railway - 405,048 Travellers Recorded in Two Months. Business Archives. Air Algérie compte relier Alger à Guangzhou en Chine à partir d'Octobre 2016. Nigeria: U.S.$1 Billion Abuja-Kaduna Rail Service to Commence May - Amaechi. Nigeria: 42 Ships Laden With Petroleum Products, Foods, Expected in Lagos. 14 firms bid for Nigerian airport's concession. Benue govt signs N37.8bn MoU for construction of new cargo airport. 10,000 Nigerian freight forwarders "to lose jobs to foreign counterparts" Business - Nigeria: Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Train to Begin Operation in February. 56% runway accidents occurs in Nigeria – Daily Times Nigerian Newspaper.

NRC deploys 93 refurbished coaches to Lagos-Kano Route. Passenger traffic set to surge after airport construction work is completed in Nigeria. Aviation This Week: Focus On Developing The Aviation In 2016 Pt 3. Aviation This Week: Focus On Developing The Aviation In 2016 Pt 1. Aviation This Week: Focus On Developing The Aviation In 2016 Pt 3. Nigeria Plans To Privatize Four Major Airports In 2016. Nigeria: FG to Invest in Faster Trains - Amaechi. Nigeria: Govt to Develop National Transportation Master Plan - Transport Minister.

FG to commence freighting of petroleum products by rail. Fuel scarcity: Tanker drivers to partner govt. Nigeria: Abuja mass transit railway work almost accomplished. ‘Compulsory speed limiter installation begins next year’ 30 ships to arrive Lagos with food, petroleum products - NPA. In Lagos: Ship owners seek foreign investment in maritime. Cargo airport in Nigeria to be constructed. Africa' Most Populous City Lagos To Get A Light Rail By End Of 2016. Mixed reactions trail agitation for bailout for indigenous carriers - The Nation Nigeria. TRIMS: Trade Route Incident Mapping System. Establishment Of New National Airline: Government Sets Up Committee. FRSC, LCCI, others propose separate route for trailers. Indians, Greeks take over Nigeria’s coastal shipping.