By Muyiwa Bamidele
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said Abuja Airport runway would be closed to traffic due to maintenance work scheduled for the weekend.
According to Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s spokesman “the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be closed to traffic for maintenance from Saturday, July 5 to Monday, July 7, 2014.”
He said that a NOTAM (Notice to all airmen) has already been issued at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internatioal Airport, Abuja, notifying all airlines, sister agencies and critical stakeholders.
Dati explained that facility upgrade is in line with ICAO requirements and NCAA approved safety and Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), will further elevate safety and security to greater heights.
By Muyiwa Bamidele
The Nigeria Senate has confirmed former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, as a minister.
Shekarau was confirmed alongside others nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The other nominees confirmed are Abu Bulama from Yobe State, Stephen Oru from Delta State, and Adedayo Adeyeye from Ekiti State.
Mr Oru was the National Vice Chairman, South South of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while Adedayo Adeyeye is a leader of the party in Ekiti.
The new ministers were appointed following the resignations of some former ministers such as Yerima Ngama, former minister of state for finance; Caleb Olubolade, former minister of police affairs; and Godsday Orubebe, former minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Shekarau, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, decamped to the PDP after the former’s structure in Kano was handed to the incumbent governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who had decamped from the PDP to the APC.
The new ministers are expected to be sworn-in by President Goodluck Jonathan as assign positions to them next week.
The Nigeria Government said the new vehicle import tariff which commenced on July 1, did not impose a flat tariff of 70 per cent duty on all imported used cars, saying the new policy would not lead to increase in cost of vehicles in the country.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, who gave this clarification while briefing state House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting explained that companies involved in the local vehicle manufacturing or assembly programme would pay 35 per cent duty on cars they imported to bridge any gap in local demand.
Aganga also assured that the new automotive policy would not lead to an increase in the prices of cars in the country, saying manufacturing and assembly companies and some major car distributors and importers had undertaken not to increase prices.
Meanwhile, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, threatened to shut port activities should the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, go ahead with the implementation of the new auto policy.