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FG lists approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers, to sanction airlines over non-compliance FG lists approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers, to sanction airlines over non-compliance

The NCAA also warned airlines to desist from flouting COVID-19 protocols.

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The Federal Government has listed the approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers. This was disclosed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) via its Twitter handle on Monday.

According to the agency, some of the 68 centresare: EHA Clinics, The 54gene COVID-19 mobile laboratory, Medicaid Radio-diagnostics Centre, FCT Abuja; SynLab Ikeja, VI, Lekki; 54Gene Lekki, Medbury Medical Services, Imeja & Lekki; Clina Lancet, Maryland, and Biologix Medical Services, Anthony, Lagos, among others.

Also, the FG through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to revoke the licenses of domestic airline operators over non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

Director-General, NCAA, Mr Musa Nuhu, issued the warning in a letter to all operators (DG39/20), with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/267 on Monday.

Nuhu said the warning was made necessary because some domestic airlines had been flouting the protocols.

According to him, the continuous non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols would attract severe penalties up to and including cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations.

He said: “It has been brought to the notice of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority that some domestic airline operators have not been complying with the COVID-19 protocols.

“These protocols were released through All Operators Letter (AOL) DG035/20 ref. NCAA/DG/AIR/ 11/16/260, dated Sept. 4 and an Advisory Circular (AC) NCAA-AC-AMS-006, also dated Sept. 4.

Approval for resumption of domestic operations are predicated on compliance with the above protocols.”

Nuhu added that this was a warning to all domestic operators who were not in compliance to desist from such acts immediately.

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Anambra international airport to be commissioned in April next year – Governor Obiano

The Governor revealed that the airport has the second-longest runway in the country, after the MMA in Lagos.

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The Anambra Worldwide Cargo Airport, which is positioned at Umueri in Anambra State, is anticipated to be prepared for commissioning in April 2021.

This was disclosed by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, throughout a go to to the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in his workplace in Abuja.

He informed the minister that the state can be honoured to have him carry out the duty of commissioning the challenge.

Governor Obiano mentioned, “We’re positive of the date as a result of we have now the cash to finish it. We aren’t asking for any help, nor are we taking any loans. I’m right here personally to temporary you on the challenge and to ask you to fee it for us in April 2021.”

Obiano informed the minister that the choice to embark on the airport challenge was knowledgeable by the necessity to cater to the financial pursuits of the state and its environs. He revealed that the airport has the second-longest runway within the nation, after the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

He mentioned, “The airport is just some kilometres from Onitsha city, the financial nerve centre of the south-east area. It’s strategically positioned and is a worthwhile funding.”

In line with the governor, the development of the airport has been guided by suggestions and tips of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to satisfy the most effective worldwide requirements.

On his half, Hadi Sirika, recommended the Anambra State Authorities for embarking on a cargo airport challenge, as it might have a constructive influence on the financial improvement of the state and the South East area as an entire.

The minister mentioned that the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its companies would at all times give the mandatory information and cooperation to states embarking on such tasks to be able to make sure that all internationally set requirements have been met.

In line with Sirika, airports might be viable if they’re constructed with particular targets in thoughts. The minister mentioned he believed that the Anambra airport would achieve success in serving the pursuits of the buying and selling inhabitants of the state and environs.

He additionally suggested the governor to maintain the continuing collaboration with the regulatory authorities to make sure that all rules and tips for the development and operation of airports have been met.

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Travellers to United Arab Emirates must have return ticket, negative COVID-19 test results- FG

UAE-bound passengers should comply to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the country concerned.

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The Federal Government has announced that travellers to the United Arab Emirates must possess confirmed return tickets, test negative to COVID-19, and have valid health insurance covering the duration of stay.

This was disclosed by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede in a statement issued on Tuesday, according to Punch.

Going forward, the Polymerase Chain Reaction test is expected to be taken within 96 hours before departure.

In the statement, the CGI explained that a visitor must also have confirmed hotel reservation for the duration of stay in UAE or the address of residence of relatives hosting him.

It stated, “The service wishes to communicate new visa regulations introduced by the UAE’s authority in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE bound passengers are expected to be in possession of the following: Confirmed return ticket; confirmed hotel reservation for the duration of stay in UAE or address of residence in the UAE or address of relatives of the visitor playing host while in the UAE; a negative PCR test taken within 96 hrs before departure; valid health insurance, copies of trade licenses in the UAE and Nigeria, if applicable.”

The Nigeria Immigration Service also advised all UAE-bound passengers to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the country concerned due to non-compliance.

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Aviation Unions threaten to shut airspace on Monday, as NLC insists on strike

All aviation workers are directed to withdraw their services at all aerodromes nationwide on 28th September 2020.

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Major aviation unions in Nigeria have threatened to shut the nation’s airspace in support of the Organised Labour nationwide industrial action expected to commence on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

This was disclosed by the General Secretary of the National Union of Aviation Employees, Aba Ocheme, in a statement, according to Vanguard.

The unions reportedly asked their members to withdraw services from all aerodromes nationwide indefinitely.

He said, “As such all workers in the aviation sector are hereby directed to withdraw their services at all aerodromes nationwide as from 00hrs of 28th September 2020 until otherwise communicated by the NLC/TUC or our unions. All workers shall comply.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress on Friday also insisted that it will go on with its planned mass action scheduled for Monday, September 28.

In a communique by its General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, the NLC asked its members across the nation to come out in large numbers to protest the increase in fuel and electricity prices.

The order was given despite a fresh court order obtained by the Federal Government, barring the NLC and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike scheduled to commence on Monday.

Ugboaja explained that the NLC has asked all National Leadership of affiliates in Abuja to mobilise at least 2,000 of their members to Unity Fountain, Abuja for the mass rally which takes off at 7am.

Also, affiliates are expected to mobilise the same number of members to the NLC Sub-Secretariat, 29, Olajuwon Street, Yaba, Lagos, which is the take-off point for the Lagos action at 7am also.

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