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Aviation: Group Urges Unions To Shelve Strike

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Aviation: Group Urges Unions To Shelve Strike

A group, Network of Nigeria Civil Society Organisation, has called on three unions in the aviation industry to shelve the ongoing strike, following the sack of some workers in the industry.

The three unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

The Director General of the CSO, Mr Agbonkpolor Splendour, made this call in a statement he signed on Thursday in Abuja.

Splendour called on the striking members of the unions to employ alternative means of dispute resolution instead of embarking on the strike which he said, could cripple the nation’s economy.

The DG expressed confidence on the leadership of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that the crisis would be resolved if the unions could find a means of discussing with the leadership on the issue.

Splendour also appreciated the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma for his doggedness and dedication towards upholding the best practices in managing Nigeria airport operations.

He said that the MD had been able to follow the lines and mandate in regulating the Nigeria Airport operations, which had hitherto, placed the aviation sector in the limelight.

“We commend his giant strides so far in the aviation sector. We urge the MD to continue his good work in the industry and not relent in the drive to consolidate the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.

The striking union members had on Oct. 5 issued a notice of the strike to the management of FAAN that it would begin the strike on Oct. 10, if the sacked workers were not recalled.

The unions also alleged that the affected workers were laid off by Bi-Courtney Aviation Limited (BASL), operating at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos, for showing interest to participate in unionism activities.

The unions in the notice of the strike threatened that it would shut down operations at the MMA2 if BASL could not cooperate with the intervention of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and airport security agencies.

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

The ability of airlines to forecast and avoid turbulence would now be greatly enhanced as the International Air Transport Association, IATA, has inaugurated a turbulence aware data resource.

IATA said the system would pool and share turbulence date generated by participating airlines. The global body for airlines said before now, airlines had to depend on reports and weather advisories from pilots to offset the impact of turbulence.

IATA says the result would be the first global, real-time, detailed and objective information for pilots and operation’ professionals to manage turbulence.

It is expected that airlines operating in Nigeria would participate and benefit from this new system.

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria’s Budget Benchmark

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria's Budget Benchmark

Nigerian budget benchmark appears buoyed by oil price stability as a result of cuts in production levels to which OPEC members have agreed.

The benchmark of sixty dollars was eroded by sustained drops in price. The high for the year was eighty-six dollars which dropped to about fifty-eight dollars last week.

It rebounded to sixty-two dollars per barrel last week, just as the federal executive council was to hold an emergency meeting on how the price drops would affect the Nigerian budget.

Opec countries had agreed to reduce daily production by eight hundred thousand barrels, while non-OPEC members decided to reduce production by four hundred thousand barrels per day.

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

It seems as though the Central Bank of Nigeria and telco giant, MTN, are trying to find ways of resolving the $8 billion rift between them. One of MTN’s lawyers is quoted as saying they are making moves toward an out-of-court settlement.

Meanwhile, counsels for both parties have secured another adjournment until late January.

Another $2 billion case involving MTN and the Nigerian attorney general’s office was adjourned as well last week until early January.  This case is related to alleged back taxes owed by MTN.  The telco giant has denied it owed the taxes.

The $8 billion case was a result of a charge against MTN for allegedly violating Nigeria’s extant laws.  In August, Central Bank of Nigeria sanctioned MTN Nigeria for allegedly using irregular certificates of capital importation to transfer $8.1 billion to South Africa on behalf of its offshore investors.

MTN is being asked to return the $8.1 billion to Nigeria.

Mtn group’s Nigerian operations account for one-third of its entire African market share.

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