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Nigeria records 7,926 delayed domestic flights in Q1 2019

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has disclosed that a total of 7,926 delayed domestic flights were recorded between January and March 2019.

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Nigerians hit with over 60% delayed and cancelled domestic flights in 2018

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has disclosed that a total of 7,926 delayed domestic flights were recorded between January and March 2019.

Number of cancelled flights: The number of cancelled flights, as stated in the document, was estimated at 181 by the following airlines: Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, Med-View, Overland and Max Air.

A breakdown of the delayed flights for Q1 2019: The document stated that 14,735 flights were operated by the eight airlines in the first quarter of 2019.

Air Peace, which is number one on this list, had a total number of 3,058 delayed flights and 66 cancelled flights, out of 5,768 operated flights. This is followed by Arik Air with a total number of 1,376 delayed flights, and 32 cancelled flights out of its 3,001 flight operations.

Aero Contractors which is third on this list, had a total number of 951 delayed flights and 31 cancelled flights out of 1,535 operated flights. Also,  Azman Air recorded a total number of 637 delayed and eight cancellations out of the 1,301 flights it operated during the quarter under consideration.

Dana Air also operated 919 flights with 587 delayed and 25 cancellations, while Overland recorded a total number of 421 delayed flights and 6 cancelled flights out of 612 scheduled flights.

Max Air recorded 810 delayed flights with 4 cancelled flights out of 1,416 operated flights. While Med-view reported a total number of 112 delayed flights and 9 cancelled flights out of 183 operated flights.

If the figures keep rising in the coming quarters, the Nigerian commercial airlines might just record more delayed flights by the end of the year; more than the number of delayed flights for 2018 as was reported by Nairametrics.

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The reason for the delays: According to the airlines, the delays were due to operational reasons, scarcity of aviation fuel, and bad weather conditions leading to low visibility at most of the airports.

Mr Chris Iwarah, the Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, explained that the airlines usually notify the passengers of the development hours before the flight.

“What we do is to send emails and text messages to the passengers notifying them about the development. However, some passengers provide fake email addresses and invalid phone numbers to airline staff while purchasing their tickets, which makes it difficult to reach them.

“I think there should be a form of sensitisation by the aviation authorities to avoid this kind of situation but like I said before, the safety of our customers remains our priority.’’

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    Twitter to establish its first African presence in Ghana

    Twitter has announced Ghana as headquarter of its operations in Africa.

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    Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc has announced today in a tweet that the company is establishing a presence in Africa.

    “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo,” Dorsey tweeted.

    As part of its mission to serve the public conversation, Twitter is making it easier for everyone to join in and provide more relevant experiences for people across the world.

    Why Ghana as a choice…

    Twitter stated that it chose to expand to Ghana first because the country is an advocate of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet.

    In a blog post the company said, “In line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent.”

    “Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.

    “Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them. We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana. As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving,” Twitter stated.

    The company is also looking to hire specialists to join several teams to operate in product, design, engineering, marketing and communications.

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    Reacting to Dorsey’s announcement, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a tweet said that the government and people of Ghana welcome welcomed the micro-blogging site.

    “The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country,” President Akufo-Addo tweeted.

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    Youths need critical skills to strengthen Nigerian economy – Bankers Committee’s FITC

    Nigerian youths need to embrace adequate skills and create a pool of well-engaged workforce to directly strengthen the nation’s economy.

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    Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC)

    Bankers Committee’s FITC has called on Nigerian youths to embrace adequate skills and create a pool of well-engaged workforce to directly strengthen the nation’s economy.

    This was disclosed by the Managing Director, FITC, Chizor Malize, during the launch of its Future of Work Academy for Youths on Monday.

    According to her, the initiative is to continuously bridge the knowledge gap in the country and Africa at large, as it is expected to equip the youths for the peculiar needs of the Future of Work.

    It also seeks to solve the prevalent issue of producing university graduates with degrees and skills that have limited practical use in the current global job market, as well as the requirements for the Future of Work.

    She said, “The world of work is changing rapidly, and competition for the right talent is fierce. Graduate talents have for decades been primarily identified and employed based on academic excellence, however, in the emerging world of work, creativity, innovation, and work-ready skills have become the non-negotiable indicators for competitive advantage, and to evaluate capabilities.

    “It is therefore important for youths to build critical skills, that will equip them for the requirements of the Future of Work in the ever-evolving business landscape. The value FITC FOWA is bringing to corporations at this time cannot be overemphasized. By equipping youths and creating a pool of well-engaged workforce for organizations, FITC FOWA will be directly strengthening the economy and the society in general.”

    Malize added that the initiative offers essential courses in Data Science, Data Analytics, Coding, Digital Marketing, Graphics Designs, MS Excel & Analytics, Digital Marketing, Use of PowerPoint, and other key areas that have been strategically packaged to educate, enlighten, and upskill undergraduates and graduates with the vital skills for the Future of Work.

    What you should know

    Owned by the Bankers Committee (CBN, NDIC and all Nigerian deposit money banks), FITC was established in 1981 as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee to provide capacity building and serve as a knowledge hub for the Nigerian Financial Services Sector.

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