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Lekki Deep Seaport Lagos Receives First Cargo Vessel

Steps towards commencing full commercial operations at the nation’s first Deep Seaport at Lekki received a major boost on Friday with the arrival of a cargo vessel Zhen Hua 28, berthing at the port.


The arrival of the ship, bearing modern ship-to-shore cranes and ten rubber tyred gantries, is historic as it provides a glimpse into commercial operations at the port.


The vessel, 232 meter long with a draft of 9.2 meters, originated from Shanghai China and spent 30 days at sea before berthing at the deep seaport.


Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Muhammed Bello Koko who led other stakeholders to receive the ship said her arrival is an indication that the September 2022 projection for the commencement of full automated operations at the port is realistic.


The deep seaport, conceived 13 years ago, is the first in Nigeria and the best in West Africa.


It has a draft of 16.5 meters and a turning circle of 600 meters,. giving it huge advantage in terms of container capacity turnout for shippers in Nigeria and other African countries.




Lekki Deep Seaport



Lekki Deep Seaport


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Ekweremadu Saga: Nwamini David Is 22 Years-old – Nigeria Immigration Boss

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Jere Idris, has affirmed that Mr Ukpo Nwamini David, the person at the heart of the alleged organ harvesting involving former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is 22 years -old.


He added that the service adhered strictly to due process in issuing the country’s ordinary passport to David.


Speaking with selected journalists, Sunday, the Nigeria Immigration Service boss said David applied for the international passport using the service’s portal after “which he visited the Gwagwalada office in Abuja of the immigration with his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, National Identification Number (NIN) and a letter of indigineship from the Ebonyi State Liason office confirming he is from the state.


The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service said from all the available information provided by Ukpo Nwamini David showed that he was born on October 12, 2000.


“The Nigerian Immigration service relies on information and Documentation from other government agencies like National Population Commission and the National Identification Management Commission.”


He said the case of David was not an exception as the Immigration Service followed all the due process in issuing the international passport to him


Isah Jere Idris, therefore, appealed to the public to know that as a Nigerian, David was validly issued a Nigerian International passport.


Asked if the British Government or the National Assembly has contacted the Immigration office regarding the case of David, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service said nobody has contacted the service.


Recall that Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, were remanded in custody in London on Thursday charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy taken into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs.





Airline Operators Suspend Shutdown Of Operations, Resume Flights

 Airline operators of Nigeria have suspended a planned withdrawal of services on Monday over rising costs of aviation fuel.


In a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Sunday evening, the decision was reached after discussions with the Federal Government yielded positive results.


The Statement read; "The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public that further to numerous calls from the highest echelons in government with promises to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, that the AON has acceded to requests to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution."


"We have also reached this decision with the highest consideration for our esteemed customers who have been faced with uncertainty over the last few days and to enable them to have access to travel to their various destinations for the time being during the period of discussions with relevant authorities."


"In view of the above and in the interest of national economy and security considerations, AON hereby wishes to notify the general public that the earlier announced shutdown of operations on May 9, 2022, is hereby suspended in good fate pending the outcome of hopefully fruitful engagement with government."



Nigeria Minister of Aviation Moves To Avert Looming Shutdown Of Airline Operations

 

Following the threat by Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, to down tools tomorrow owing to the high cost of aviation fuel, the Federal Government has urged the union to give it time to explore means of resolving the challenge.


Minister of Aviation made the plea in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, James Odaudu.


The statement read: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has been drawn to reports that the nation’s air transportation system will be disrupted from Monday, May 9th, 2022, following threats by airline operators to shut down operations as a result of the rising cost of Jet A1, otherwise known as aviation fuel.


“As the Ministry charged with the management of the industry, we are greatly concerned about the difficulties being faced by the airline operators in the country in procuring aviation fuel which has resulted in spiralling costs in Air transportation in the immediate past.


“We also acknowledge that the airline operators are in the business to make profits while servicing the very critical sector that is not only the preferred mode of transport for most Nigerians but also the main international gateway to the nation.


“Unfortunately the issue of fuel supply is not within the purview of the Ministry and so the much it can do in the present situation is to engage with agencies, institutions and individuals in positions to provide succour to the airlines. This is already being done by the relevant team led by the Honourable Minister.


“While the efforts to assuage the situation are on, we wish to appeal to the airline operators, even in the difficult situation, to consider the multiplier effect of shutting down operations, on Nigerians and global travellers, in taking their business-informed decisions and actions.


“We also assure Nigerians, especially stakeholders in the sector, that the Buhari administration remains stoic in its commitment to the creation and sustenance of an environment that promotes the growth of the aviation industry where major players like the airlines can operate in a profitable and competitive market.”




The Joint National Assembly Committee on Aviation on Thursday cautioned airline operators against delays and cancellations.

The Joint National Assembly Committee on Aviation on Thursday cautioned airline operators against delays and cancellations.


The committee gave the warning at a briefing after an oversight of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency office in Lagos.


Senator Smart Adeyemi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation who led the team, noted that incessant flight delays and cancellations by airlines had become worrisome.


He said that the delays and cancellations were having adverse effects on people’s businesses and engagements.


Mr Adeyemi hinted that the National Assembly had consequently resolved to take proactive steps towards tackling the ugly trend.


“People are no longer sure that their flights will take-off as booked; people now wait for several hours due to delays.


“We shall meet with airline operators to look at the reason for this ugly development; we shall convey the feelings of the people to them,’’ he said.


Also speaking, Rep Nnolim Nnaji, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, described the development as worrisome.


“Nigerians can no longer tolerate this unexplained delays and cancellations of flights by airlines,’’ he said.


Mr Nnaji said he had written to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to complain about the ugly experience faced by air travellers.


“Sadly, nothing has been done till today, so we cannot continue to fold our arms and watch; something has to be done.


“It is wrong to delay or cancel flights without adequate compensation; there is the need to discuss all of these,’’ Mr Nnaji stressed.





Guide to Ezimo Iyi-Nzu waterfall Enugu State Nigeria: Beauty spot for tourism

Ezimo is a community under Udenu Local Government of Enugu State Nigeria. It is a land known for its peaceful nature.


Ezimo is made up of six communities, Ogbufie, Amogu, Ozalla, Amallaogbo, Amankwo and Amaogbelle.


Ezimo waterfall popularly known as Iyi-nzu waterfall 250ft high is one of the tallest waterfalls in Enugu state and is deemed a tourist centre in Nigeria. This tourist centre is located in Amaogu village of Ezimo community.


Ezimo waterfall is as ancient as the community itself. Though not popular like other waterfalls, it happens to be the tallest of all waterfalls in the state and for tourists, it is an amazing location for a tourist centre.


When approaching the waterfall, one can hear the sound of the waterfall almost 10km away, and this mostly incites fear on visitors and tourists who have never visited the waterfall before.


However, Ezimo waterfall is characterised by its peaceful nature. Despite the echoes and rustic sounds, it is a peaceful waterfall that has never constituted any form of harm to anybody.


The sound of the waterfall is part of its awesomeness and announces the beauty spot even from afar. When you think of a tourist centre in Nigeria, you should think of the Ezimo Iyi Nzu waterfall as well.

If you love Nature you should definitely put this place on your bucket list whenever you visit Nigeria.


PHOTOS OF THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURE

Ezimo Iyi Nzu waterfall






Ezimo Iyi Nzu waterfall





Ezimo Iyi Nzu waterfall




Ezimo Iyi Nzu waterfall



United Arab Emirates Lifts Travel Restrictions On Nigeria, 11 Other African Countries

 The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to lift its entry and transit ban on travellers who had recently visited Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and eight other African countries.


The lifting of the ban was made known on Wednesday by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA).



The ban was initially imposed in light of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.


“From January 29, entry into the UAE for arrivals from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe is allowed again,” NCEMA said on Twitter.


The initial ban covered travellers who had visited certain African countries in the previous 14 days.


The changes will come into effect at 2:30pm on Saturday, January 29.


Other countries to be affected by the lift include Tanzania, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.


Under the new regulations, while travellers will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to departure and a negative rapid-PCR test at the departure airport, those travelling from Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda will also have to take the three tests. Passengers will also be tested on arrival.





900-Year-Old Church Carved Downward Into A Huge Rock In Ethiopia (Photos)

 The church is located in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, and what is interesting about the church, it was carved downward into a rock.


The church was carved from a type of limestone called tufa and the sole building material used in the structure.


It has been dated to the late 12th century AD, and thought to have been constructed during the reign of King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, of the late Zagwe dynasty.



The church of St. George stands proud in a 25m by 25m wide pit that is carved out of solid volcanic rock.


The construction of the church involved excavating a free-standing block of stone out of the bed-rock and then removing all the waste material from around it.


The stone masons then carefully chiseled away the church outline, shaping both the exterior and interior of the building as they went.


They fashioned a simple yet exceptionally beautiful cruciform structure approximately 12m high.


The shapes are perfect and accurate.




Nobody knows the equipment used to carve or construct the church or how long the construction took.


No one knows for sure if the Church of Saint George was completed in Lalibela’s lifetime, or if it was constructed after he died in an attempt to honor his legacy.


The cross-shaped stone church has been a popular site for Christian pilgrims since it was first constructed many centuries ago.


Lalibela’s sunken network of stone churches appear impossible to access to the untrained eye, but a keen observer will note that there is a small man-made entrance that grants access to the holy stone structures.


Countless Christian pilgrims dressed in white have flocked to the Church of Saint George to pray and express their commitment to their unwavering Christian faith.



Many years ago, st George church became UNESCO world heritage site.


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Nigerian Man Abraham Airaodion Honoured In Dubai For Returning N12M Forgotten In His Taxi

 A Nigerian man and a member of Apostle Johnson Suleman's Omega Fire Ministries Child who works as a cabbie in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), got honoured for his integrity after he returned 100, 000 Dirhams, (N12 million) that was forgotten in his cab, IgbereTV reports.


The taxi driver who attends Omega Fire Ministry (Dubai-UAE) and identified as Abraham Airaodion discovered that a passenger had forgotten the whopping amount of money in his taxi and so he showed true integrity and returned it.


Abraham who works with Sharjah Taxi Cooperation was honoured by the organization on Monday, December 13, 2021. He was given a certificate of appreciation which he brought to Church and displayed while sharing his testimony.


Nigeria man honoured in Dubai















Binnaparlour Red-Carpet Night 2nd Edition Tagged Night of Glamour- 25th December 2021 Accra Ghana

 The stage is set for the 2nd Edition of Binnaparlour  Red-carpet ; Tagged Night of Glamour.


Venue Manhean Accra Ghana


Binnaparlour Red Carpet is an Annual Event that helps in promoting Africa Art, music, food and Culture. 

This is the 2nd Edition of the Red Carpet that will be featuring Top Artists, Comedian and Dancers.


It will be fun having you around on that day, Don't miss it.!!!


 Date is 25th December 2021

Binnaparlour Red carpet 2021


Publisher Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi


UAE Lifts Ban On Passengers Travelling From Nigeria

 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reversed the ban earlier placed on foreign airlines from accepting passengers from Nigeria and Congo which took effect on Monday, December 13, Daily Sun has learned.


Citing the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases, foreign airlines flying into Dubai had ceased accepting passengers from Nigeria and Congo.


Although no foreign airline gave an official statement on the reason for the development or if initial directive came from the UAE government as a retaliatory measure against Nigeria for withdrawing the frequencies given to Emirates airline, an email seen by Daily Sun which emanated from Ethiopian Airline on Monday, December 13, with the subject: Dubai Travel Restriction Update and reference No. PSA12/068/2021, read: “Due to an increasing number of COVID positive passengers at destination, it is decided to suspend accepting passengers to UAE from Nigeria and Congo DRC only. This is effective December 13, 2021. Please ensure 100 per cent compliance.”


A reliable source within Ethiopian Airline confirmed to Daily Sun that passengers from Nigeria that had booked tickets to travel to Dubai on December 13 and had boarded the plane were offloaded. “The excuse from Dubai was that they had gotten 37 positive covid cases, so they had to take measures to restrict movement. But not long after the directive to bar passengers was issued, they reversed themselves and are now accepting passengers from Nigeria,” the source said.


There are reasons to believe that the diplomatic row between the government of Nigeria and the UAE over allocation of frequencies for Emirates airline and Nigeria’s Air Peace was responsible for the initial decision to bar passengers from Nigeria. For over eight months, the government of Nigeria and UAE have been engulfed in a tit-for-tat over Covid-19 regulations and most recently, the allocation of frequencies and slots to Emirates and Air Peace.


After Nigeria lifted COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the UAE imposed very strict travel guidelines which were in contrast with the FG’s guidelines. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika then imposed restrictions on Emirates from flying into Nigeria. After eight months, the restrictions were lifted and Air Peace resumed flying to Sharjah, while Emirates resumed flying in and out of Nigeria.


But last week, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) withdrew the approval granted to Emirates by the Ministry of Aviation following the refusal of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE to grant equal rights to Air Peace fly to Dubai via Sharjah. The withdrawal of approval took effect on December 12, 2021.


The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, who is also the head of the country’s GCAA, wrote a letter to Sirika, protesting the withdrawal of Emirate’s frequencies while insisting that Air Peace has been treated fairly.


But Sirika, in leaked audio, described the letter as ‘insulting’ and said that at the inception of this administration, the FG granted Emirates Airlines the approval for 21 flights weekly, 14 to Lagos and seven to Abuja but the UAE refused to grant Nigeria’s Air Peace three weekly frequencies to Sharjah, which the airline requested for, rather, it approved only one frequency weekly. He said the GCAA had attributed its refusal to grant three frequencies to Air Peace to inadequate slots in Sharjah airport. He said even though both countries are losing revenue as a result of the row, the Nigerian Government would continue to protect Nigerian businesses.


A few days ago, however, Emirates discontinued its operations in Nigeria indefinitely and currently, other foreign airlines have stopped accepting Nigerian passengers travelling to the UAE.


Reacting to the row, the President of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association of Nigeria, Alex Nwuba, said the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the UAE has to be renegotiated to protect domestic airlines. Speaking on Arise TV on Monday, he said most often, BASA, which is an agreement that provides for civil aviation certifications to be shared between two countries, gives more advantage to other countries instead of giving equal advantage to the signatories.


“If you look at what economies operate, which is a balance of trade, we are at a disadvantage because Emirates can come 21 times, while Air Peace can only go there once. Twenty-one times a week times 365 days, means that Emirates carries about 450,000 passengers and at a typical fare, we are talking about half a billion-dollar trade to the UAE. But the UAE says Nigeria will only be granted one frequency. First of all, we have a flawed bilateral agreement which has led to the opportunity for a disadvantaged economy and so, we have to go back to the bargaining table and sort out the frequency and slots. Nigeria doesn’t operate a slot system like the UAE and the UK and this is where the imbalance occurs,” Nwubua said.



Ten most Populated countries in Africa 2021 world Ranking

 1. Nigeria


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Nigeria

The current population of Nigeria is 213,117,109 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Nigeria 2020 population is estimated at 206,139,589 people at mid year according to UN data.


Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.64% of the total world population.


Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Nigeria is 226 per Km2 (586 people per mi2).


The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles)


52.0 % of the population is urban (107,112,526 people in 2020)


The median age in Nigeria is 18.1 years.


2. Ethiopia


Addis Ababa Ethiopia 


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The current population of Ethiopia is 118,852,589 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Ethiopia 2020 population is estimated at 114,963,588 people at mid year according to UN data.


Ethiopia population is equivalent to 1.47% of the total world population.


Ethiopia ranks number 12 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Ethiopia is 115 per Km2 (298 people per mi2).


The total land area is 1,000,000 Km2 (386,102 sq. miles)


21.3 % of the population is urban (24,463,423 people in 2020)


The median age in Ethiopia is 19.5 years.


3. Egypt


Cairo Egypt

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The current population of Egypt is 104,972,431 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Egypt 2020 population is estimated at 102,334,404 people at mid year according to UN data.

Egypt population is equivalent to 1.31% of the total world population.


Egypt ranks number 14 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Egypt is 103 per Km2 (266 people per mi2).


The total land area is 995,450 Km2 (384,345 sq. miles)


43.0 % of the population is urban (44,041,052 people in 2020)


The median age in Egypt is 24.6 years.


4. DR Congo


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The current population of the DR Congo is 93,277,125 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


The DR Congo 2020 population is estimated at 89,561,403 people at mid year according to UN data.


The DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.15% of the total world population.


The DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in the DR Congo is 40 per Km2 (102 people per mi2).


The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)


45.6 % of the population is urban (40,848,447 people in 2020)


The median age in the DR Congo is 17.0 years.


5. South Africa

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The current population of South Africa is 60,331,524 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


South Africa 2020 population is estimated at 59,308,690 people at mid year according to UN data.


South Africa population is equivalent to 0.76% of the total world population.


South Africa ranks number 25 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in South Africa is 49 per Km2 (127 people per mi2).


The total land area is 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. miles)


66.7 % of the population is urban (39,550,889 people in 2020)


The median age in South Africa is 27.6 years.


6. Tanzania

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The current population of the United Republic of Tanzania is 62,056,676 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Tanzania 2020 population is estimated at 59,734,218 people at mid year according to UN data.


Tanzania population is equivalent to 0.77% of the total world population.


Tanzania ranks number 24 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Tanzania is 67 per Km2 (175 people per mi2).


The total land area is 885,800 Km2 (342,009 sq. miles)


37.0 % of the population is urban (22,113,353 people in 2020)


The median age in Tanzania is 18.0 years.



7. Kenya


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The current population of Kenya is 55,389,454 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Kenya 2020 population is estimated at 53,771,296 people at mid year according to UN data.


Kenya population is equivalent to 0.69% of the total world population.


Kenya ranks number 27 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Kenya is 94 per Km2 (245 people per mi2).


The total land area is 569,140 Km2 (219,746 sq. miles)


27.8 % of the population is urban (14,975,059 people in 2020)


The median age in Kenya is 20.1 years.


8. Uganda


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The current population of Uganda is 47,711,995 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Uganda 2020 population is estimated at 45,741,007 people at mid year according to UN data.


Uganda population is equivalent to 0.59% of the total world population.


Uganda ranks number 31 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Uganda is 229 per Km2 (593 people per mi2).


The total land area is 199,810 Km2 (77,147 sq. miles)


25.7 % of the population is urban (11,775,012 people in 2020)


The median age in Uganda is 16.7 years.


9. Algeria


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Algeria


The current population of Algeria is 44,933,415 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Algeria 2020 population is estimated at 43,851,044 people at mid year according to UN data.


Algeria population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.


Algeria ranks number 33 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Algeria is 18 per Km2 (48 people per mi2).


The total land area is 2,381,740 Km2 (919,595 sq. miles)


72.9 % of the population is urban (31,950,910 people in 2020)


The median age in Algeria is 28.5 years.


10. Sudan


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The current population of Sudan is 45,247,726 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


Sudan 2020 population is estimated at 43,849,260 people at mid year according to UN data.


Sudan population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.


Sudan ranks number 34 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


The population density in Sudan is 25 per Km2 (64 people per mi2).


The total land area is 1,765,048 Km2 (681,489 sq. miles)


35.0 % of the population is urban (15,349,424 people in 2020)


The median age in Sudan is 19.7 years.


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FAAN To Ban Bribe Takers From Working At Nigerian Airports

 The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has warned bribe-takers at Nigeria’s airports they will be barred for life from working at FAAN airport terminals across the country, regardless of whether the violator is a government or private sector staff.


This is because of the rising cases of acts of indiscipline at the nation’s airports.


The FAAN Managing Director, Capt. Rabiu Yaduda told journalists in Abuja on Monday after an emergency meeting with FAAN’s management, some airport managers and the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, said the indiscipline at the airports is embarrassing FAAN and Nigeria.


Our correspondent reports that there have been a plethora of videos from Nigerian airport users exposing corruption at the airports, including acts of soliciting and taking bribes by workers at the airports, especially at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.


“Recently, we had videos showing the acts of indiscipline and extortions at our airports.


“They are embarrassing to FAAN, the aviation industry, and Nigeria.


“So we had a management meeting comprising all FAAN airport managers, with the special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business,” Capt. Yaduda said.


He explained that the meeting would be escalated at all the airports across the country.


“After this meeting, all the airport managers will meet with their airport team and head of departments.


“They will also meet with the airlines and other stakeholders at their airports.


“They will inform them that any violation or acts of indiscipline, recorded or caught, FAAN will escalate.


“We will write to their companies and any violator will lose his or her On Duty Card (ODC) permanently, which means you will lose your access card into the airport terminal permanently,” he said.


This means that the government agency or the private sector organisation must replace that staff.


“We also agreed that all personnel working at the airports must have their names boldly and visibly written in front of your shirt or jacket.


“We will announce these new measures, we will put signages in strategic positions and numbers for whistleblowers” he further explained.


While commenting on the issue, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, said citizens should escalate acts of indiscipline at the airports to relevant authorities.


She said: “This indiscipline cuts across agencies, the private sector and vendors that work at the airport.”

FAAN shuts down MMIA E-Finger screening point - Daily Post Nigeria

Seven Feared Dead As Smugglers Engage Customs In Gun Duel In Ogun Nigeria

 About seven persons were feared dead, while unspecified numbers of persons sustained varying degrees of injuries when hoodlums suspected to be smugglers engaged operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a gun battle on Saturday in Ogun State.


The incident, which occurred at Kobape village, along Abeokuta – Sagamu expressway in the Obafemi – Owode local government area of the state was allegedly ignited by suspected smugglers who unleashed terror on Customs operatives from the Federal Operation Unit (F.O.U) who were on routine enforcement operation in the area.


The bloody clash, which started around 5p.m on Saturday evening, left commuters and motorists stranded for more than two-hours when vehicular movements were halted along the expressway as motorists deserted the road for fear of being hit by stray bullets.


It was gathered that the NCS personnel had around 3p.m on Saturday intercepted some vehicles being used by the smugglers to convey large quantities of smuggled bags of foreign rice to an unknown destination, during which one of the drivers was equally arrested and whisked away.


An eye witness told newsmen that troubles started when the Customs’ F.O.U operatives refused to release the arrested driver, and as well rejected the settlement advances made by leaders of the smugglers.


The refusal of the NCS operatives however, allegedly infuriated the smugglers, who later turned the bargaining to violence, shooting one of the Customs personnel to death.


It was further gathered that both sides suffered numbers of casualties in the melee that later ensued as three (3) operatives were dropped dead, while four members of the smuggling syndicate also lost their lives.


It took the intervention of the combined security operatives, which included personnel of the Nigerian Army and the police to dislodge the smugglers in an intervention led by the Commissioner of Police in Ogun Command, Lanre Bankole.


In his reaction, the Public Relations Officer, FOU Zone A, Theophilus Duniya


two of the attackers lost their lives in the fracas, while two Customs operatives were wounded.


Duniya in a statement made available to bewsmen in Abeokuta said, “Customs patrol team from Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos was attacked without provocation on Saturday afternoon during an operation along Shagamu Inter-change in Ogun State”.


“The patrol team had intercepted twelve vehicles of different kinds, laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice and were on their way to the government warehouse before smugglers mobilized themselves with the support of their sympathizers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons”.


“During the exchange of gun fire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested. Out of 12 vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers , our operatives were able to leave with 4 of them laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice”.


“The arrested suspect and the seizure have been brought to the Unit Headquarters, Ikeja”.


He added that the Ag. Controller of the Unit, Hussein K Ejibunu frowned at the avoidable loss of lives due to the unprovoked attack.


He has ordered full scale Investigations into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.


He cautioned the youths to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law abiding at all times


He added that such violent attacks will never deter or threaten customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties



Noah’s Ark hunters claims they’ve Found boat in Turkish mountains as 3D scans detect ‘shape matching Bible description’

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK :Noah’s Ark hunters claims they’ve FOUND boat in Turkish mountains as 3D scans detect ‘shape matching Bible description’


Biblical archaeologists used ground penetrating radar to study the boat-like formation on Mount Tendürek which has long been rumoured to be the location of the legendary vessel from the Book of Genesis.


US and Turkish investigators have boasted the initial scans are promising and suggest a manmade object heading beneath the mountain - and they remain hopeful it may be the Ark.


Creationists have long claimed that Noah's legendary ship is real and was buried beneath the rocky spot, known as the Durupınar, in the east of Turkey.


Geologists on the other hand claim the mountainous lump, which was discovered half a century ago, in eastern Turkey is simply an unusual rock formation.


But the team led by long-time ark hunter Andrew Jones believe they have images of what resembles Noah’s Ark.


The ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys were conducted at the site by the Oregon-based Topa 3D - who were surprised at the results.


Mr Jones told Sun Online: "This is not what you would expect to see if this site is just a solid block of rock or an accumulation of random debris from a mudflow.


"But these results are what you would expect to see if this is a man-made boat matching the Biblical requirements of Noah’s Ark."


The project - Noah's Ark Scans - claim they have discovered "parallel line and right angles below the surface" which are "something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation".


And the "boat formation" is claimed to also be the "exact length" of the ark given in the Bible - which is around 150 metres, or 300 cubits in Biblical terms.


In the Book of Genesis, the mountains of Ararat in what is now eastern Turkey is the region in which Noah's Ark comes to rest after the Great Flood - which is close to Mount Tendürek.


The site was originally discovered in 1959 by Turkish army captain Ilhan Durupinar, who noticed the boat formation in aerial photographs of the area by the military.


His discovery resulted in a brief period of international interest in the site.


The Durupinar site was later visited in person by controversial researcher Ron Wyatt in the 1970s through the 1990s.


His findings in favour of the site being Noah’s Ark caused other researchers, archaeologists, and scientists to examine the formation.


The new team boast their findings should force a reconsideration of the long-rumoured site by skeptics.


And they are hoping to carry out more scans at the site, followed by drilling and then excavations.


 











How To Travel From Lagos To Benin Republic

 If you are planning to visit the Republic of Benin from Nigeria, this post is for you. It will cover everything you need to know about crossing one of the busiest borders in West Africa.


Requirements For visiting Benin Republic from Nigeria

For Nigerians planning on visiting Benin Republic, the following are the requirements:

Nigerian Passport: Nigerians visiting Benin Republic will have to present their International Passport at the border.


The Yellow Fever Card: The second requirement is the yellow Fever card. This yellow card is proof that you have received a dose of the yellow fever vaccine.


Vaccines To Take Before Visiting Benin Republic

Ensure you take these two vaccines before you visit Benin republic. If you do not, you will have issues with the Port health at the border. When you go for the yellow fever vaccine, ensure you ask them for Meningitis too. They will probably fix another date for that. These are the two basic vaccines you need to take before visiting Benin Republic.


Vaccine Requirement

Yellow fever vaccine: This vaccine is to protect you against yellow fever

Meningitis Vaccines:


The Language

French is the official language. The other languages include Yoruba, Fon and a Gbe languages.


The Currency

The official currency of the Republic of Benin is Cefa, it is also known as the West African CFA Franc.


How to Get To the Republic of Benin Through Seme Border

There are different ways to get into Benin from Nigeria

Idi Iroko Border

The Seme Border


The Different Options To get into Benin Republic

1. Flight - Getting a flight to Republic of Benin is often difficult, flights are only available on specific days

2. Boat - This is another option to cross into the country, however this is not well-structured

3. Road - This is the most popular option. more than 90 per cent of the people that travel to Benin use this option. This is why we will only focus on road transportation.


Different Options for Road Transportation

1. International Transportation companies : These are structured transportation companies that move from Lagos to Benin. They are well structured. The transportation cost from Lagos To Benin ranges from 20,000 to 45,000.

2. Charter a car: You can decide to charter a vehicle from Lagos to Benin. The cost ranges from between 70,000 to 150,000 per day. This depends on your location, the type of vehicle etc.

3. Drive all the way: You may decide to drive all the way. Ensure you have the necessary documents like international drivers license and permit.

4. Use public transportation system: this is one of the cheapest form of transportation. You can decide to take public transportation to Badagry, From Badagry to Seme , from Seme border to Cotonou etc.


Cost for Crossing Seme Border

To be sincere I do not know why they do this, but you will be made to pay before your passport is stamped. You pay about 1,000 for already passport passport and between 3,000 to 7,000 for virgin passports. Note: You wont get a receipt for these payment, this means it is definitely not going into the Govt pocket.


Tips when visiting Benin

1. Understand the exchange rate

2. Change Naira to cefa at the border

3. Get a translator app

4. Get a Benin SIM card at the border

5. Get a universal adapter

6. Learn basic vocabulary


Cost of Hotels in Benin

Getting a hotel in Benin is somehow not easy. There are very few hotels in Benin compared to Nigeria. An average 10,000 hotel in Nigeria will be going for between 20,000 to 30,000 in Benin. Hotels are generally expensive - Good hotels starts from between 10,000 to 75,000


Accommodation Options in Benin

1. Hotels

2. Air BnB

3. Short lets

4. Resorts

5. Rent a house (if you plan to stay more than a month.)



Things to Do in Benin

There are so many things to do at Benin Republic


1. Enjoy the diverse street foods

2. Visit the python temple

3. Visit the Benin slave route

4. Visit the Casa Del Papa Resort

5. Visit the National Park

6. Visit Genvie

7. Attend the Benin Republic cultural festival

8. Visit the beach

9. Do a city Tour

10. Visit the historical buildings in Benin


PHOTOS BENIN


      



     





Source: Travelwaka

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