Coronavirus (COVID-19): first case confirmed in Nigeria

by Namo Florence

According to a statement issued by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Friday, 28th February, 2020, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos state.

The case involves an Itaian Citizen who works in Nigeria. He just returned to Nigeria from Milan, Italy on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

The case was confirmed barely 24 hours after the Senate berated the Federal Government for not doing enough in screening travelers at the nation’s airports and seaports.

Read full statement below

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.

We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication.

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Health

Arik Air Introduces Special fare for Armed Forces

Arik Air

Arik Air has introduced special fares for the Armed Forces of Nigeria on domestic routes.

The special fair begins from Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000.00) for one-way economy class ticket. It applies to all categories of serving and retired personnel of Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy.

The Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said it is pleased to be of service to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

To benefit from the fare, beneficiaries must present a valid military identity (ID) card and any other valid identity card (for example national ID card, international passport, drivers license and permanent voter’s card) at point of sale and check-in. Reservation and ticket must be made not later than seventy-two (72) hours before flight.

FAAN: Lagos Airport Intruder is from Niger Republic, Security Officers Suspended

Usman Adamu

The man that breached security at Lagos Airport on 19th July, 2019 has been identified as Usman Adamu suspected to be from Niger Republic.

Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said FAAN takes full responsibility for the embarrassing incident.

Captain Yadudu assures the public that security has been tightened at the airports and airside to ensure safety of lives and properties. He noted that FAAN has a security patrol/escort team in place for arriving and departing aircraft but another joint patrol team involving FAAN AVSEC, the Police and the Military has also been constituted to assist in protecting the sanctity of the air side and ensuring the security of live operations and the traveling public using our facilities.

He also said that no stone will be left unturned to find those responsible for negligence in the discharge of their duties. The head of Aviation Security unit and others have already been suspended in respect to the security breach.

The officers suspended are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku; International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun; Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

Captain Yadudu assured that FAAN would continuously improve on security measures to outdo the schemes of criminals.

Port Harcourt Airport Reopened, NOTAM Issued

Following the incidence that occurred involving an Air Peace flight on 22nd June, 2019 which skidded off the runway and led to the close down of Port Harcourt Airport, the runway has been cleared and airport is now reopened for flight operations.

A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in line recommended standard and practices. Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN has confirmed clearing the runway. 

It will be recalled that Air Peace Flight P47291 enroute Abuja-Port Harcourt skidded off the runway during a torrential rainfall on 22nd June, 2019.

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NCAA issues DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited AMO certification to carry out NDT Inspections

L-R: Engr. Uche Nwiwu (NCAA), Engr. Prajo E. Narayanan (DNL), Engr. Frank Igwe (NCAA), Engr. Stephen O. Ayoola (DNL), Mr Adamu Malik (DNL), Engr. Sabruwa (NCAA), Mr Bankole Pius (DNL)

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) Certificate on Non Destructive Testing (NDT) to indigenous Company, DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited (DNL) based in Lagos to carry out NDT inspection to ensure aircraft airworthiness and serviceability. The certificate was received on 7th June, 2019.

The company is now approved to inspect and carry out Non Destructive Testing on aircraft and aircraft components with a specifications covering Eddy Current Testing, Magnetic Testing, Dye Penetrant and Ultrasonic Testing inspection on all types of aircrafts and aircraft components.  

DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited   with AMO/5N/DAV is the first NDT AMO holder of its kind in Nigeria. Speaking to the media after the brief AMO certification ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, Engineer Ayoola Stephen explained that the NDT tests are carried out on aircraft whole or components to detect cracks, corrosion etc on the aircraft or aircraft components.

He also added that the company has trained and competent NDT personnel with certification to EN4179 and/or NAS410 which is internationally recognized. And as a result they can carry out NDT inspections internationally. The NDT tests are not restricted to aviation as they are carried out in Automobile, Sea, Rail, Oil and Gas industry.

“We carry out NDT inspection on aircraft and its components to ascertain its serviceability. Also, not really on only aircraft, we also carry out inspection on automobile, in the sea, marine, ships bridges and the rest but presently, NCAA has given us an AMO on NDT inspection in aviation and this is the first of its kind in this country” said Engr. Stephen Ayoola.

According to him, “DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited is approved to offer NDT inspection services. You don’t need to come to our base for us to carry out inspection, if your aircraft is in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, anywhere your aircraft is or anywhere the equipment or part you want us to work on we will come down there and carry out your job which makes it the first mobile NDT service provider in the country.”

He went on, ” We are filling a gap and it is a good advantage to our clients, our services make it easier for us to reach you and also for you to reach us, it cut costs to airlines because you don’t need to fly the aircraft down. It reduces a lot of cost for clients who would want to employ the services of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, plus we are affordable, reliable and efficient.”

On his plans for the future, Engr. Stephen said he envisions a scenario where his company would train no fewer than 500 people in the next five to ten years as professionals in the field of NDT are few and far in between.

“It’s not easy, but we will be the first leading NDT in this country and would train no fewer than 500 staff on NDT to employ a lot of people in the years to come. NDT professionals are no more than 20 well trained in this country and this is sad. I want to see in the next five -ten years time we will be having over 500 or 1000 people, ” he said.

Namo Florence Bitrus

Public Relations Department

DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited

Breaking News: Ibom Air gets AOC, Starts with Promo

Ibom Air

The long awaited Ibom Air finally gets its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) today 6th June, 2019 and is set to begin operations soonest.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) issued the AOC to Ibom Air thereby authorizing the Airline to begin operations.

Operations are set to begin with a special start-up fare of Fifteen Thousand (15,000) Naira (one-way) between Uyo and Abuja.

To get in on the promo, log on to www.ibomair.com

Suspension of Industrial Action: FG and Unions Reach Agreement

Following the industrial action earlier embarked upon that led to the lock down of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on the 22nd of May, 2019, the unions have decided to suspend. The National President of ATTSSAN, comrade Illitrus Ahmadu who spoke on behalf of the five aviation union expressed the unions’ satisfaction after a meeting with the Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika.

Some of the issues brought forward by the unions are; conditions of service, non-conformity with the act of appointment of boards, the organogram as enumerated by the minister. He noted that the unions honored their invitation to Abuja in order to discuss contentious issues that led to the commencement of the industrial action.

In his statement regarding the organogram, the minister promises to set up a committee within one week to rectify the grey areas and come to a mutual conclusion. He stated that union members will form part of the committee.

Regarding the condition of service, Senator Hadi Sirika noted that the salary and wages is outside the purview of the ministry but volunteered to visit the Salaries and Wages in order to hasten the process of approving the conditions of service.

The four aviation unions; National Association of Air Transport Pilots and Employees (NAAPE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) said they are looking forward to the implementation of decisions reached in the interest of all as they have decided to suspend the industrial action.

Ibom Air Set for Operations

Ibom Air in Lagos

An aircraft belonging to Ibom Air was spotted flying out of Uyo today, 22nd May 2019 on a supposed flight .

The aircraft (CRJ900) was seen landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and taking off after a while.  

It will be recalled that Ibom Air was recently inaugurated in February, this year as a commercial airline by the governor of the oil rich Akwa-Ibom state, Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

There is a possibility that today’s flight is a demo flight to fulfill the requirements of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations for obtaining an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This is a fundamental requirement that every airline must fulfill before it is allowed to operate in Nigeria.

News Release by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

AVIATION MINISTER TO MEET WORKERS TODAY 

The Minister of State (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika has invited the Aviation Unions to a meeting today to address all issues raised by the workers.

Aviation Unions are presently on strike thereby disrupting services at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s offices. 

The Unions are demanding a review of the  organisation’s Organogram , approval  of the new Condition of Service (COS) and inauguration of Boards for the Authority

These issues are  however not within the jurisdiction of NCAA management. 

Therefore , the Regulatory Authority will work with the supervising ministry to ensure that  all issues are properly addressed to the satisfaction of all parties.

The Authority has absolute confidence that  the meeting between the Honourable Minister and  the Unions will provide amicable resolution. 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)  hereby  appeal  to all aviation stakeholders who are not able to access services at our offices today to remain calm as normalcy will soon be restored. 

Signed:

Sam Adurogboye,

GM, Public Relations,

NCAA.