Nigerian Airlines Delayed 7,722 Flights in 3 Months

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said domestic airlines operating in the country recorded 7,722 cases of delayed flights in the third quarter of 2016.

This is contained in a document issued by the NCAA’s Consumer Protection Department which was obtained on Monday by NAN in Lagos.

The document indicated that 13,097 flights were operated by eight domestic airlines during the period under review, while 253 flights were cancelled.

It said the airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland.

Arik, which operated 4,882 flights, topped the chart of delayed and cancelled flights with 2,824 and 128 respectively.

This was closely followed by Air Peace, which recorded 1,383 delayed flights and 16 cancellations out of its 2,754 flight operations.

Dana Air operated 1,665 flights with 1,160 incidences of delayed flights and one cancellation.

The airlines had attributed the delays and cancellations to the lingering scarcity of aviation fuel in the country.

However, in a recent meeting with airline operators, Hadi Sirika, the minister of state, aviation, assured them that the government was working assiduously to end the scarcity of the product.

As part of the move, Sirika also held a meeting with oil marketers who informed him of their challenges regarding the importation, supply and distribution of aviation fuel to the airlines.

WHO Increases Emergency Response In North-east

The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its emergency response activities in the North-east of the country, particularly in areas formerly held by Boko Haram.
A statement from the organization yesterday said an emergency health team arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State last weekend to assess and respond to the health needs of 800, 000 people in the sub-region.

 The statement said initial assessments revealed urgent health problems among the population in 15 local government areas formerly held by the militant group.
“Estimated mortality rates in some of the areas are four times higher than emergency thresholds. The rate of severe malnutrition is estimated to be 14%.   In addition, Nigeria last week reported two polio cases in Borno State, two years after the last recorded case in the country. One of the cases is from a LGA that is still inaccessible to health service delivery, while the other is from a newly accessible LGA. Measles cases have also been reported in the area, further complicating a challenging humanitarian environment,”  the statement said.

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NUPENG Calls For Emergency On Economy

Organised labour in the oil sector has given the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government a hard knock on the parlous state of the economy.
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), which expressed grave concern, said the Buhari administration was yet to fully tackle the economic challenges facing the country.
President of the union, Igwe Achese, said NUPENG is concerned about the weak naira, growing inflation, rise in the cost of prices of goods and essential services, unemployment and growing incidences of crime rate in the country.
The union stated that, “the current sufferings of the masses, which the President recently acknowledged should be uppermost in the mind of the administration and should be tackled.
“We call for the declaration of a state of emergency on the economy with a view to urgently address the issues.”
Achese advised Buhari to include other stakeholders in the Economic Team headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, even as he added that the team should meet to offer solution, on the way forward.
The union stated that a blessed nation like Nigeria cannot continue to lament with its abundant resources and therefore mandated the Federal Government to diversify the economy by probing into agricultural and solid minerals development through public private partnership.
“It is not enough for it to be involved in rhetoric while time is ticking out,”  the Union said.

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Emirates Flight Catches Fire After Emergency Landing In Dubai

An Emirates flight en route from India appeared to catch fire while making an emergency landing at Dubai International airport on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“We can confirm flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International,” the airline posted on their official Twitter account.

“There were 275 passengers and crew on board. Our main priority now is the safety and well-being of all involved,” the post added.

Emergency response teams have been activated and all passengers and crew have been safely evacuated, the Dubai Government Media Office said on their Twitter account.

All departure flights from the airport have been delayed until further notice, it added.

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WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Yellow Fever Outbreak

The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up.

Such meetings from the UN agency are often held before the declaration of an international health emergency, as happened amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the current surge in neurological disorders linked to the spread of Zika virus in the Americas.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP the meeting had been called to underscore the severity of the yellow fever outbreak and to re-emphasise the need for mass vaccination against the viral disease.

As of May 12, Angola had reported 2,267 suspected yellow fever cases and 293 deaths in an outbreak that began in December and is most heavily concentrated in the capital Luanda.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has registered 44 suspected cases, both from a local outbreak and from patients who carried the virus from neighbouring Angola.

Eleven people have tested positive for yellow fever in China after returning from Angola, highlighting “the risk of international spread through non-immunised travellers,” WHO has said.

Several cases have also been reported in Uganda.

The percentage of people immunised against yellow fever remains low in many parts of Africa, even though the vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective and relatively cheap.

WHO has sent 11.7 million doses to Angola and there are plans to vaccinate 2.2 million people in DR Congo.

WHO has pledged to beef up its emergency response systems after widespread criticism following the Ebola outbreak, with many experts saying it took the UN body far too long to sound a global alarm.

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Budget: Buhari Absent At FEC Emergency Meeting

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) emergency meeting reviewing the details of the 2016 has been adjourned.

The session, which started at 11.00am, reconvened after jumaat prayer.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed told State House journalists that the budget review exercise was a work in progress.

“We received the details of the budget yesterday. And an extra ordinary FEC meeting was called to avail ministers to look at the details and see how it affects their ministries. 

“It is still work in progress. We are studying it and we will later make our statements available”, the minister said.

It was reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently presiding over an emergency session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) over the 2016 budget details.

The meeting started at exactly 11.10am when Osinbajo arrived the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

President Muhammadu Buhari is believed to be in the country, but it is not yet clear why the meeting is being chaired by his deputy.

Apart from cabinet members, some heads of agencies and parastatals as well as several presidential aides are also attending the meeting.

State House correspondents were asked  to vacate the Council Chambers for the “crucial budget session” summoned to review the details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill which was transmitted to the president yesterday.

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Student Suspended For Sharing Inhaler With Classmate Gasping For Air

A Texas middle school student was suspended after sharing her inhaler with an asthmatic student who was gasping for breath on Tuesday. She now faces up to 30 days at alternative school, following a hearing on Friday.
Indiyah Rush, 12, may also face a month in an alternative school as part of her punishment, Fox4 reported.
Rush, a A/B honor roll student, was in gym class at Schrade Middle School in Garland, Texas when her classmate began wheezing and gasping for breath.
“Asthma gets worse by every second,” Rush, who has had the disease since she was 5,  told

Rush offered the girl her inhaler and the two were sent to the principal’s office, where Rush was
punished with several days of at-home suspension and 30 days of alternative school.

According to the school district, sending a student to a month of alternative school  is an automatic punishment for sharing a controlled substance, which includes prescription drugs like inhalers. The final punishment may change after a hearing scheduled for Friday.

“It’s a prescription and one student’s severity with asthma may not mirror that of the girl who let the other borrow hers and that could have resulted in some pretty significant issues,” Chris Moore, Garland Independent School District spokesman, told Fox4.

Rush’s mother is concerned that time at an alternative school is an excessive punishment.

“My kid would be mixed with kids that are using drugs at school or being caught with drugs, acting out in class,” Monique Rush told Fox4. “I don’t want any of that to rub off on her.”

“I was just trying to save her life,” Indiyah said. “I didn’t know I was doing anything bad.”

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Adamawa State Polytechnic Authorities Confirm 8 Students Dead In Blast That Occurred In School Premises

Authorities of Adamawa State Polytechnic has confirmed that eight students died in the October 23rd bomb blast took place during the opening ceremony of a Juma’at Mosque located at the School of Engineering of the institution in Jambutu.

In a press statement released by the school authorities yesterday, it was noted that aside the eight students that died, four other students are currently receiving treatments at different hospitals while two other staff of the school are also on admission. The statement also noted that, security around all campuses of the institution has been beefed up and thorough search is now been conducted on every one entering the school.

The statement also said the authorities are ready to assist victims of the blast to pay their hospital bills and also visit the families of those that died one after the order. May the souls of the students rest in peace.

Reps Ask FG To Declare Emergency On Unemployment

House of Representatives, yesterday, asked the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment in the country.

The lawmakers also asked the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, to move in immediately, and tighten the noose on foreigners to ensure they are not taking jobs meant for Nigerians in various organizations.

The motion, which was brought to the plenary by House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, and 78 others, also sought legislative interventions in the ongoing unemployment crisis in Nigeria.

The lawmakers noted that the unemployment crisis in the country has reached such an alarming rate as to be of serious concern to all, as various reports put Nigeria’s unemployment rate now at 24 per cent.

They said apart from the reports, there were glaring evidence of joblessness in all states of the federation.

The Reps said there is an inextricable nexus between unemployment, corruption, crime, poverty and insecurity.

They expressed concern that if this tide is not arrested, it would portend great danger to the welfare of the citizenry as enshrined in sections 14 and 16 of the 1999 constitution.

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Reps Want WHO To Declare Emergency On Snake Bite

House of Representatives yesterday called on the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health and relevant government agencies to declare a global emergency on snake bite.

The House further urged the 36 state governments and 774 local governments to sensitize the citizenry about snake bites, train medical staff, encourage the use of hand gloves and train boots as well as promote the use of pesticides and insecticides in farmlands and vulnerable areas.

This resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon Timothy Golu and 4 others on the subject matter on the floor of the House. The lawmaker lamented the rate of snake bites in Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State, which he said had claimed many lives and threatening the socio-economic activities.

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Female UNILAG Student Electrocuted At Campus Hostel

A female University of Lagos student was electrocuted yesterday Sept. 8th after a high tension cable fell on her in front of the Sodeinde hall of residence in the campus. According to reports, the young lady was immediately rushed to the Lagos state Teaching Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Sad! May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

Malaysian Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Melbourne

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Melbourne, Australia, after reporting a possible engine fire.

Flight MH148 had just taken off from Melbourne for the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur when the problem occurred, the BBC reports.

Plane tracking sites showed the Airbus 330 circling Melbourne airport several times before turning back.

Fire engines were on site but airport officials said it landed safely at 15:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

All 300 passengers disembarked safely at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, Malaysia airlines said in a statement.

A preliminary inspection of the plane, which has been grounded, showed “no physical evidence of fire externally,” the airline said.

“Safety is our utmost priority,” it added.

A spokeswoman for Airservices Australia, the government’s aviation safety body, said the plane had reported an “engine fire” alert in the cabin.

“The plane proceeded to dump the fuel and returned to land and it landed safely at the aviation rescue sites,” she told Reuters news agency. Officials said this was standard procedure for an emergency landing.

Malaysia Airlines suffered two major disasters last year. In March, flight MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers and crew aboard and was never found.

Four months later, flight MH17 was shot down by a suspected ground-to-air missile while in Ukrainian airspace, with the loss of 298 passengers and crew.

The two disasters severely damaged the already struggling business, and earlier this month it announced it was “technically bankrupt.”

On Tuesday, new CEO Christoph Mueller said the airline would relaunch as an “entirely new company.”

“We will leave the old Malaysian Airlines behind,” Mr. Mueller told the BBC.