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Dana Air to increase fleet with embattled Boeing aircraft

Nigerian airline operator, @DanaAir, has disclosed it will be taking delivery of three @Boeing -737 models in 2019 as it increases the company’s fleet for operation.

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Nigerian airline operator, Dana Air, has disclosed it will be taking delivery of three Boeing-737 in 2019 as it increases the company’s fleet for operation and intensifies expansion of its routes.

When will Dana Air take delivery of the planes?: One Boeing 737 will arrive Nigeria in the second quarter of 2019, while the other two would be added to the fleet before the end of the year. This is according to Dana Air‘s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Obi Mbanuzuo.

“We will definitely add more aircraft to our operating fleet in 2019. We are looking at bringing three B737 aircraft.

“Currently, we have five aircraft and hopefully, before the end of the year, we should have additional three aircraft. Of the five aircraft that we have, one is a private jet and we have four commercial airplanes.”

Domestic airline operators continue romance with embattled Boeing

While it was not specified if the Boeing 737 aircraft is the controversial Max models, Dana Air is the second domestic airline operator that is waiting to take delivery of a Boeing aircraft. Air Peace had also in 2018 ordered for planes from the plane maker.

Note that as at the time Air Peace ordered the Boeing 737-Max model, the aircraft was the cynosure of airline operators around the world. But within the space of five months, the beloved aircraft became infamous after two deadly accidents.

The aircraft was banned by over fifty countries after an Ethiopian Airways flight crashed, killing all 157 passengers. According to a preliminary investigation into the accident, the Pilots of both airlines struggled with MCAS, a Boeing software which caused the planes to nosedive.

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Following the Ethiopian Airways accident, media reports about Air Peace ordering the same plane-type went viral. The domestic airline’s customers even demanded that the order be cancelled.

However, Air Peace said it’s too early to make such decision, informing their customers and the public that it intends to wait for the full investigation of both crashes.

Air Peace is expected to take delivery of the Boeing Max model later this year.

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Now with Dana Air looking to increase its fleet with Boeing planes without clarity on the model-type, this might compound the fears of air travellers in the country.

Recall that the Nigerian Government had earlier warned that no Boeing 737-Max 8 jets will be allowed in the country’s airspace. Boeing also supported action to temporarily ground 737 MAX Operations after consultation.

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

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  1. Ofuzo

    April 9, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Very bad journalism. Dana air can’t possibly get any max airplanes this year because it takes at least four years to deliver brand new airplanes. The person who wrote the article should have first inquired from Dana the types of Boeing they ordered before publishing this newstory.

  2. 5NFGS

    April 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Dana are likely acquiring 737 Classic or NG aircraft.

    Like Ofuzo said, acquiring 737 MAX brand new will take a few years and none is presently flying worldwide except for testing purposes.

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N4.16 billion unpaid lottery revenue recovered by EFCC

The EFCC has made a recovery of the sum of N4.16 billion for the government from lottery companies.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that it recovered over N4.16 billion for the government from lottery companies which they had refused to remit.

This was disclosed by the Acting Chairman. Mohammed Umar Abbah on Thursday evening, at the EFCC Headquarters during a meeting with Williams Alo of the Ministerial Task Force for recovery of unpaid revenues from lottery businesses.

The EFCC acting chairman said that the lottery companies were not forthcoming with remitting the revenue which had forced the anti-graft agency to intervene.

“We mapped out strategies which resulted in the recovery of over N1.16 billion from lottery companies, operating in Abuja with over N3 billion from their counterparts, operating in Lagos State,” he said.

He added that the EFCC would continue with its cooperation with the Federal Government to ensure lottery companies owing the Federal Government are made to cough out revenues they owe the government, which has already been handed over to the lottery trust fund.

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“Let me acknowledge the efforts of this Commission for the assistance it has rendered not only to the Federal Government of Nigeria but specifically to the lottery industry in Nigeria. It is in our record that the EFCC has assisted the lottery business in no small way, because a lot of recoveries have been made for us by the EFCC and the money recovered has always been handed over to the lottery trust fund,” Mr. Alo said.

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Presidency denies building rail line from Nigeria to Niger Republic

The Federal Government has denied plans to construct a rail line stretching from the country into the Niger Republic.

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The Presidency has disclosed that the Federal Government is not constructing a rail line from Nigeria linking Kano-Dutse-Maradi into the Niger Republic, as it will only stop at the designated border point.

This follows the public outcry that greeted the Federal Government’s announcement of the rail project.

The disclosure was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, through a thread of tweets on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

He revealed that, based on the agreement reached between Nigeria and Niger in 2015 for the Kano-Katsina-Maradi corridor masterplan, the 2 countries agreed to build a rail line to the border town of Maradi.

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In his statement, Garba Shehu said, “Nigeria isn’t building rail line into Niger, but only to the designated Border point. An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for ‘Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)’ as it is called.

“Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi. Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano & Katsina states.”

Going further he said, “The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources, and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries, and play the role of a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic, for their export and import logistic chain.”

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Nairametrics had earlier reported that the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, announced the approval of the total sum of about $1.9 billion, for the rail line contract and development of Kano-Katsina-Jibia that will terminate at Maradi rail line in the Niger Republic.

According to a media aide to the president, Ajuri Ngelale, the rail line is expected to connect the 3 states of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa. It moves from Kano to Dambata, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, and terminating in Maradi, Niger Republic.

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WHO says people with NCDs more vulnerable to severe COVID-19, lists how to prevent it

WHO reveals people with pre-existing Non-Communicable Diseases are more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that people with pre-existing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the coronavirus disease.

This was disclosed in a statement by the UN health agency on its twitter handle on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

The WHO, in its statement, listed some of those Non-Communicable Diseases to include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, persons who have had and are at risk for a heart attack or stroke
  • Chronic respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a chronic inflammatory living disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, disclosed that the coronavirus outbreak has shown why action on NCDs is important. He acknowledged that people with non-communicable diseases are especially at risk, which is made worse by disruptions to essential services.

He said, “The risk has been compounded by disruptions to essential services including diagnosis and treatment of cancer and diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.”

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He pointed out that the health services gaps are not just in treatment and care, as he said all nations still have much more to do to prevent NCDs. He said that too many people are dying from preventable diseases that are mostly preventable.

The WHO boss revealed that to prevent and control these non-communicable diseases, one has to stop tobacco use, reduce the use of alcohol, cut salt intake, consume less sugar, increase physical activity, eliminate industrial trans-fats, and treat high blood pressure.

He said that all these interventions are part of WHO’s best buys in a set of 16 most attractive ways to save lives and save money.

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