Elder Statesman and former Transport Minister, Admiral Festus Porbeni , said it took the Abdulsalam Abubakar administrations less than nine months to construct the Itakpe/Warri Rail. Admiral Porbeni who spoke exclusively with Shipping World in Abuja said plans had reached an advanced stage to construct an express rail line between Lagos and Abuja but for the short tenure of the regime. The former Transport Minister while commending the Buhari administration for embarking on a massive rail connectivity across the the country explained that it would have taken just two and hours for a trip between Lagos and Abuja had the project been executed. He said "a Canadian firm had been approached before we left office.
The idea was for us to provide the right of way, while the firm was to cons...
Bayelsa State International Airport would commence commercial flight operations next month.
This followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and United Nigeria Airlines On Wednesday.
Speaking on the significance of the event, which took place inside the Executive Council Chambers of
Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri expressed happiness that the first airport in the heart of the Ijaw nation was a dream come true for founding fathers of the state.
Governor Diri noted that the signing of the MoU signalled the commencement of flight operations at the Bayelsa airport in July, and would open the state to the world and a lot of opportunities.
To enable the airport commence night operations, the governor directed the Commission...
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the state-owned airport is ready for commercial flight operations.
Governor Diri stated this when he made an unscheduled visit to the facility ahead of a final certification visitation by the country's aviation regulatory authorities on March 30.
In a press release, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that the state government had provided the required facilities for the smooth take-off of operations at the airport.
His words: “I have spent over one year on this project after taking over from my predecessor in office, Senator Seriake Dickson, who initiated it. What we are doing now is dotting the I's and crossing the T's. So far, I think every requirement is on ground.
"I believe when the i...
By Owei Lakemfa
A MAN who identified himself as a traditional ruler, strolled with a swag through Immigration at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. He then walked towards Customs and was stopped. An officer pointed out he was carrying a pack that suggested he bought a pair of shoes abroad. He confirmed he did. He was asked to produce the shoes. He pointed at his feet: those were what he was wearing. The Customs said it was an item he has to pay duty on.
The man explained he bought the shoe on his journey and had been using it abroad. He was handed a hefty amount and given the option to either pay or forfeit his shoes. He paid under protest. It seemed strange that the Customs now calculate what a Nigerian is wearing and decides to impose duty. That means a lady p...
With barely three weeks before the commissioning of Bayelsa Cargo Airport, the more than 150 workers have abandoned their duty posts, insisting they would only return to work on the condition that, their 8 months salary arrears were paid.
The workers who are yet to be issued appointment letters have not been paid since their recruitment last January. But usually dependable sources told our correspondent that the workers who were recently subjected to a staff verification exercise were excited when two months ago information reached them that the accounts of the Airport had been credited with two months salary by the Bayelsa State Government
"We can confirm on good authority that the State Government has credited our accounts but to our surprise management has refused to pay...