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NCAA declares Air Peace fleet “air worthy” amidst growing concerns

Despite the growing concerns of air passengers about the safety of Air Peace aircraft in the country, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has declared the fleet of aircraft operated by Air Peace “airworthy”.



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Despite the growing concerns about the safety of Air Peace aircraft in the country, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has declared the fleet of aircraft operated by Air Peace “airworthy”.

The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, reportedly revealed in a statement issued on Sunday, that the agency made the decision to declare Air Peace’s fleet “airworthy”, after it completed a thorough technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft with a view to ensuring the airline is in compliance with extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).

Further Details: NCAA revealed that although the audit was carried out due to the recent event that happened, it was not limited to the last incident only. The agency disclosed that the result of the audit shows that all the operational aircraft on the fleet of Air Peace Limited are “airworthy”.

“This technical audit was not limited to this recent incident. The airline operational, technical and safety performance in the last twelve months was also scrutinised.

“This is to assure the flying public that all the aircraft on the fleet of NCAA, authorised Air Operators Certificate (AOC) holders operating in Nigeria are airworthy.”

Recent Development: The audit conducted by NCAA came against the backdrop of the strings of incidents of faulty landing involving the airline.

  • An earlier report published by Nairametrics revealed that an Air Peace B737 jet flying in from Port Harcourt was involved in a minor accident on the 23rd of July while trying to land at the local wing of the Muritala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
  • Eyewitnesses revealed that no life was lost in the accident, as all passengers and crew alighted from the aircraft unscathed. However, many passengers were understandably shaken by the event.
  • The July 23 accident was just one of the many minor accidents, as Air Peace jets have recently been involved in.
  • Back in June, an Air Peace jet skidded off the runway and ended up in the bush while trying to land at the Port Harcourt Airport. Again, no life was lost.

[READ: Worry, as another Air Peace jet gets involved in an accident]

Meanwhile, the investigation being carried out by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has not been concluded yet. NCAA noted that AIB is currently conducting an in-depth investigation into the incident to determine the immediate and remote causes, in line with the International Standards stipulated in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13.

Recall that Air Peace was recently accused by the AIB of intentionally concealing information about some of the air mishaps involving its jets. Some incidents previously listed by IAB include:

  • an incident on the runway 18R at the Lagos Airport in May; and
  • there was another incident in December when a Boeing 737-300 belonging to the airline experienced some difficulties while en route the Akanu Ibiam International Airport from Lagos.

In the meantime, while the AIB investigation is ongoing, it is safe to say the Air Peace Aircraft are airworthy and this is expected to be a great relief to Nigerians who have expressed concerns in recent times.

[READ FURTHER: Investigation exposes how Air Peace allegedly shields its aircraft from probe]

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Netflix competes with TikTok, launches rival product

Netflix has launched a new feature that will allow users to watch, react,r share short clips and more.



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Netflix, the world’s leading video streaming platform has launched a new feature called “Fast Laughs” that will allow users to watch, react or share short clips as well as add the show or movie to a Netflix watchlist or you can simply tap the “Play” button to start watching the show immediately.

Similar to Tiktok or Instagram’s Reel, Fast Laughs features full-screen videos that you can swipe through vertically, and places the engagement buttons on the right side of the screen. These buttons let you react to the clip with a “LOL” (crying/laughing) emoji or share it via iMessage or other social media apps, like WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter. The only difference is that there is no comment button yet.

Users can access the feed through the bottom navigation menu by clicking on the Fast Laughs tab. The clips will start playing automatically when one ends another begins.

The feature will include a full-screen feed of funny clips from Netflix’s big comedy catalog including films like “Murder Mystery”, series like “Big Mouth’’, sitcoms like the ‘Crew’’ and stand-up from comedians like Kevin Hart and Ali Wong.

Fast laugh is currently available for iPhone users in select countries, and Netflix will be testing on Android soon.

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Apapa gridlock: Sanwo-Olu explains how his administration solved the problem

The Governor said the electronic Call-Up was designed to permanently address the movement of trailers in and out of the ports.



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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has explained how his administration in partnership with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders in the maritime sector was able to get the heavy articulated vehicles off the road around the Apapa axis and improve traffic along that corridor.

This is as the governor has warned that the state government would resist any attempt by individuals and maritime operators that may want to reverse the progress being recorded along the Apapa corridor.

This disclosure was made by Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday while speaking at the formal hand over of newly improved 3 traffic-prone junctions along the Lekk-Epe expressway.

The Governor said the electronic Call-Up System launched, last Saturday, in the Apapa seaports was designed to permanently address the movement of trailers in and out of the ports, and bring about traffic improvement along the corridor.

What Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is saying

While sharing the details, the Governor described the progress recorded in Apapa as a hard-won, disclosing that it took the State Government over a year to bring together all stakeholders on the discussion table to agree on a far-reaching approach to permanently address the problem.

Sanwo-Olu said, “What we are seeing is the beginning of the lasting solution we have brought to Apapa. Our appeal is that we are not out of the problem completely yet. Our citizens can now see that a journey that took them three hours can, indeed, take between 15 and 20 minutes to commute. Everyone can now see that when we work together, indeed we can solve our problems internally.

“We have taken some troublesome people that are benefiting from the gridlock out of the way. Whatever they were earning illegally has been taken away from them. We know they will want to make an attempt to fight back. We will not stop at anything to ensure that anybody that tries to retract the progress or wants to take us back to gridlock in Apapa will be fought against. We will bring out their names and shame them.

The Governor vowed that any corporate organisation, security operative, NPA or State Government official who attempts to circumvent the newly instituted traffic procedures around the Apapa seaports would be named and shamed publicly.

The Governor said the State was serious about bringing a lasting solution to the Apapa congestion, stressing that the Government could no longer condone the careless attitude of truckers clogging the highways with heavy-duty vehicles.

He said part of the State’s efforts was to approach the Federal Government for the unbundling of the inefficient Presidential Taskforce on Apapa gridlock and took over the traffic management in the area.

Sanwo-Olu added that State Government also met with stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Maritime operators and seaports unions.

He said: “I commend NPA’s Managing Director and management for working with us on this agenda. My appeal is to other stakeholders in the maritime sector who have not signed up on the electronic Call-Up System we have embarked on. I call the big logistics companies, including Sifax, Dangote, Flour Mills, Tunde Folawiyo and others, to come and collaborate with us on this progress.

“Let us have a system that our citizens will be proud of. We will stop at nothing to sustain the progress achieved. Our team will be working round the clock to keep the system working. This is one of our modest efforts to deliver what we promised in solving traffic and transportation challenges. We will not relent in doing anything required to ensure traffic improvement in Apapa.”

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What you should know

  • Following the withdrawal of the Presidential Task Force on port congestion, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, set up a Special Traffic Management Team to resolve the traffic gridlock in and around the Apapa corridor.
  • The Electronic Truck call-up system, Eto, which was designed and launched by NPA for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos ports and to end the gridlock in and around the ports, formally took off last weekend.
  • During the implementation of the new system, all trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app.



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