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FG to allow flights only from nations that allow flights from Nigeria

The country’s position is informed by the ban placed by some countries on flights from Nigeria.



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The Ministry of Aviation has said that Nigeria will enforce the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations in the nation.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, in a statement published via Twitter after Thursday’s media briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

The principle of reciprocity means that only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of the country.

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Back story: Nairametrics had reported that the international flights would resume operations from August 29, 2020.

The Minister had said that the flight operations will start with the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja airports as was done with domestic flight resumptions. He said that protocols and procedures will be announced in due course.

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Why the principle of reciprocity?

The country’s position is informed by the ban placed by some countries on flights from Nigeria and that Nigeria’s decision was taken in the interest of its citizens.

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The minister also disclosed that airlines will be informed of the arrangements put in place to ensure that resumption of flights will be hitch-free.

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“For now, only a few flights per day will be permitted as a test run for the protocols put in place to ensure a safe return to international operations. The protocols would be made public in due course,” he added.

Sirika added that all hands should be on deck in ensuring a successful and efficient resumption of international flight operations.

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FG to name new train station after Mobolaji Johnson

FG to name flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.



The Federal Government is set to name its flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Transportation via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It tweeted, “New indoor photos of our flagship station located at Ebute Metta. It is to be named Mobolaji Johnson Station after the former Governor of Lagos State. Please share your thoughts.”

What you should know

The Federal Government has also stated why the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited could not link the final part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the sea, according to Nairametrics.

The government in its explanation said that it was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

According to a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, this disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on a routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Saturday, April 10, 2021.


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NRC confirms Nairametrics’ report, reveals how tickets are hoarded for second-hand buyers

It was disclosed that some people use an app to digitally alter the name printed on the e-tickets to reflect the second-hand buyers’ names.



Nigerians lament over hike in train fare by black market operators

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed how some Nigerians hoard e-tickets and sell them to second-hand buyers. This is coming few weeks after Nairametrics reported Nigerians’ lamentations over the hike in train fares due to the hoarding of e-tickets.

How does it work?

Nigerians allegedly game the new e-ticketing system as they buy multiple tickets (using multiple e-mails) and resell them to second-hand buyers. But the name of the original buyer will not tally with the second buyer, you ask?

Findings of the corporation revealed that this is taken care of by the original buyers, as they use an app to digitally alter the name printed on the e-tickets to reflect the second-hand buyers’ names.

This was revealed by the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, via his Twitter handle on Friday.

He tweeted, “NRC says Nigerians trying to game the new e-ticketing system are using an app to digitally alter the name printed on the e-tickets. So they buy multiple tickets (using multiple emails) and then resell – altering ticket names to match the second-hand buyers.

“This tweet is not to suggest that the authorities are helpless or are not doing anything to stay ahead of criminals, instead to show just how desperate some of the people we inhabit this space with can be.”

What you should know

On March 16, 2021, Nairametrics published a special report that revealed how Nigerians lamented over the recent hike in train fares, which many of them said was illegal.

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Aside from the difficulties and over 100% hikes in the fares, most of the victims, who spoke with Nairametrics, urged the Federal Government through the Rotimi Amaechi led Ministry of Transportation to investigate the allegations and expose the activities of the desperate individuals involved in the menace.

A Software Engineer, Segun Mustapha, told Nairametrics that he was not surprised when he read about the activities of the black market operators on Twitter. Though, he admitted that he had not experienced such but called on the Rotimi Amaechi led Ministry of Transportation to ensure such activities are removed from the system.

He said, “It should not be a big deal for the government to do if it has the political will to do such. We used to experience similar situations in the aviation industry before now and that was easier because airlines are operated by private firms.

“It is a system failure because it is not the louts selling at exorbitant rates that were booking the tickets online but we should not allow such to linger. Government should ensure that tickets booked online are not reallocated at the station if it is determined to get rid of the black market operators.”

Read the Nairametrics report here.

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