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Akeem ReachnaijaMay 23, 2019
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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced the temporary closure of only the Ibadan-bound carriage way of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.

Mr Clement Oladele, FRSC Commander in Ogun State, made this known in a statement in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Oladele said that the closure took effect on Wednesday, noting that the road would be reopened on Friday to enable the contracting firm, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, lay asphalt on that section of the road.

“This is to inform the motoring public that Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, currently rehabilitating the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, will be temporarily closing only the Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.

“Is scheduled to commence from Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and reopened on Friday, May 24, 2019.

“The temporary closure is to lay a section of 400m of wearing asphaltic surface on the affected section of the corridor.

“The closure will not affect traffic inbound Lagos around the affected road but will narrow the carriageway which is expected to build up traffic around the mentioned sections,’’ he said.

The sector commander advised motorists to note the occurrence and plan their trips, saying that those using the corridor within the period should obey all traffic rules and regulations.

Oladele urged motorists to refrain from driving against traffic, saying that violators were liable to be apprehended for dangerous driving which attracts a fine of N50,000 and impounding of the erring vehicle.

“The FRSC is working with sister traffic agencies to maintain visibility to ease the traffic discomfort the temporary closure of that section of the corridor will cause,’’ he said.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 23, 2019
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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, says it will begin flight operations to Johannesburg, South Africa and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates next month.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, announced the new routes at the inauguration of the airline’s Board of Directors on Wednesday in Ikeja.

He said Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai would soon join the airline’s international route network while plans were also on to connect more cities within Nigeria.

Onyema said the airline had so far acquired four B777 aircraft for its long-haul operations with three already delivered ahead of the international operations.

He said Air Peace had placed a firm order with Boeing for 10 brand new B737 Max 8 aircraft and that it would continue to monitor the situation based on safety concerns raised about the aircraft.

Onyema added that the airline had also placed a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 jets and purchase right for 20 aircraft of the same model which would be delivered by May 2020.

Onyema said Air Peace was well aware of the hostilities faced by Nigerian carriers outside the country and was bracing up for the challenge through massive investment in equipment.

He urged the Federal Government to protect Nigerian airlines from the outrageous charges being imposed on them while operating outside the country or reciprocate such charges on foreign airlines flying into Nigeria.

According to him, Air Peace has lost over N1. 2 billion in the last one year in flying to countries in the West Coast of Africa such as Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, due to exorbitant charges.

“There is a gang up against Nigerian airlines. The Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) is geared towards fleecing Nigeria and nothing more.

“The government should reciprocate these charges to also discourage them from coming into Nigeria.

“Air Peace may soon go to court to ban some airlines from operating in Nigeria if the government fails to do something about this exploitation and unhealthy competition,” he said.

Onyema maintained that Air Peace was poised to dominate the African airspace and also compete with the legacy airlines following the acquisition of more aircraft for its flight services.

“The reason I started Air Peace was to create employment opportunities for Nigerians and help in national development because I know that all the violence and security challenges we are facing will reduce if our youths are positively engaged.

“I enjoin all Nigerians with means to invest in the country and help to create jobs to complement the efforts of the government,” he said.

NAN reports that the nine board members are Mr Allen Onyema, his wife Alice, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), Mr Mutiu Summonu, Mrs Eka Okoro, Mr Benjamin Adeyileka, Mr Mohammed Danjuma, Mrs Ejiro Eghagha and Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 23, 2019
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The outgoing minister of transportation and the outgoing governor of Oyo State, Rotimi Amaechi and Gov. Ajimobi today inspected the Oyo site of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line today.

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Honorable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Executive Secretary/CEO Nigeria Shippers Council, Hassan Bello were in Ibadan for the inspection of Lagos-Ibadan Railway, shortly after the Handover Ceremony of the Ibadan Inland Dry port (IIDP) at Oyo State Governor’s office, Ibadan.

These are images from the inspection…


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 18, 2019
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The Federal Government says it will shut down the Enugu ‘Akanu Ibiam’ International Airport due to deplorable state of its runway.

Igbere TV reports that the Minister of Aviation (State), Hadi Sirika made the disclosure at a stakeholders forum on Friday in Lagos.

He said the airport will be degraded for international operations because the runway length is not ideal for such operations.

According to him, the market, television masts and free trade zone needs to be relocated for the airport to be fit for safe flights.

The minister also said the Lagos International Airport terminal would be partially pulled down by Julius Berger Limited for major facelift that will cost N14 billion.

This, he said, will happen after the inauguration of the new terminal.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 17, 2019
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He will be Governor for just 4 years, yet the achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode have dwarfed the achievements of some of his predecessors that superintended for longer periods.

His accomplishments in the infrastructural development of the transport sector in Lagos state are awe-inspiring.

During his stint as Governor, Ambode constructed 2 flyover bridges:  the Abulegba and Jubilee (Ajah) flyovers.

The construction of another flyover in Agege is ongoing.

Sometime in 2018, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode gave the approval for the construction of a flyover at Fagba intersection at the Iju-Ishaga axis. This is to ease the perennial traffic gridlock and reduce travel time within the axis. That project appears to be on hold.

However, a flyover bridge along the newly reconstructed Oshodi-Airport road, by NALCO bus top, is fast approaching completion.

When completed, the Airport road bridge, out of the 4 flyovers bridges he initiated, will be the third flyover bridge completed by the Ambode administration.

See photos below.








 

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Akeem ReachnaijaMay 13, 2019
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It is very rare for a pilot to successfully land a plane without front wheels. The story of a pilot in Myanmar has been flying around and he’s being applauded and hailed as a hero for landing a plane without front wheels.

He landed the plane on Sunday with just the rear wheels after the passenger plane’s landing gear failed.

Myanmar Airlines Flight 103 was traveling to Mandalay from Yangon when the pilot became aware of the problem.

In a statement, the airline said pilot Captain Myat Moe Aung “followed emergency procedures and did the fuel burn out to reduce the landing weight,” before bringing the jet down onto its rear wheels, lowering the nose carefully onto the runway on which it skidded for about 25 seconds before stopping.

The airline also confirmed there were no casualties.

Following the incident, emergency vehicles surrounded the plane as it rested on its nose on the tarmac.

“The pilot did a great job,” Win Khant, Myanmar’s transport minister, told Reuters.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 11, 2019
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That notwithstanding, electric vehicles are being promoted to encouraging the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

Also, the government has set an ambitious goal to stop selling new gas and diesel passenger cars and vans by 2025.

A recent report shows that Electric vehicles now sell more than carbon-fuel based vehicles. This is was recorded for the first time in April in Norway. This accounts for 58.4% of all vehicle sales in the country.

According to reports, in March, 18,375 new cars were registered in the country and 10,732 of those were zero-emission vehicles, according to Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council, or OFV. That’s more double the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in March 2018.

Telsa’s Model 3 (TSLA) led the charge. The OFV says that 5,315 Model 3 sedans were registered in March, setting a record for sales of a single car model in a single month.

According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, the Norwegian government has instituted several incentives to ensure that people buy electric vehicles. For instance, electric cars owners are excluded from paying pay the 25% Value Added Tax (VAT) and are exempt from Norway’s carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and weight taxes imposed on gas and diesel vehicles. They also get discounts on parking, toll roads and ferries.

The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association projects that electric vehicles will make up about 50% of the country’s car sales in 2019.

There were also 3,469 hybrid passenger cars sold last month — a 10% drop from March 2018.

The number of gas and diesel vehicle sales dropped to a record low.

Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

The Nigerian National Assembly, some weeks ago, rejected a bill to encourage the use of Electric Vehicle in the country.


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The NBS said this in Transport Fare Watch for March 2019 published on its website.

The Transport fare watch report covers the following categories namely bus journey within the city per drop constant route; bus journey intercity, state route, a charge per person; airfare charge for specified routes single journey; journey by motorcycle (Okada) per drop; and waterway passenger transport.

The report said the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within the city increased by 2.14% month-on-month and by 12.65% year-on-year to N181.36 in March 2019 from N177.57 in February 2019.

According to the report, states with highest bus journey fare within city were Zamfara (N308.57), Cross River (N280.00) and Abuja FCT (N276.67) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Abia (N131.75), Sokoto (N130.50) and Bauchi (N96.16).

Also, the report said average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity increased by 2.85% month-on-month and decreased by -4.58% year-on-year to N1,592.07 in March 2019 from N1,548.01 in February 2019.

“States with highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT (N4,000.00), Borno (N2536.30) and Adamawa (N2,406.67) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Bayelsa (N1000.33), Bauchi (N983.33) and Enugu (N947.37)”.

The report further disclosed that average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey decreased by -0.20% month-on-month and -2.12% year-on-year to N30,620.19 in March 2019 from N30,681.93 in February 2019.

“States with the highest airfare were Kwara (N35,200.00), Abuja FCT (N35,000.00) and Jigawa (N35,000.00) while States with the lowest airfare were Nasarawa (N25,398.53), Katsina (N25,125.00), and Oyo (N25,000.00)”.


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In line with its drive to provide premium services to its passengers, British Airways, has announced the relocation of its terminal to the new Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The change took effect on 30th April 2019.

The move comes after the opening of the new Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, a result of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria’s (FAAN) goal to create an ultra-modern facility which would ensure efficient processing of passengers and improve the experience for travellers flying through Abuja. Both airlines and passengers will experience a vast difference in both space and processing technology for passengers. British Airways new terminal relocation is in line with global efforts to ensure seamless, safe, and convenient travel for passengers.

Speaking on the move, British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for West Africa, Mr. Kola Olayinka said, “British Airways is pleased about the new Abuja International Terminal, we embrace any opportunity to improve our services to passengers. Our newly upgraded lounge and terminal will ensure a seamless travel experience for our passengers. We’re excited to share these new developments with our Abuja passengers.”

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When you talk about automotive luxury, Rolls Royce is in a class of it’s own. Their works always stand out wherever you find them. Their presence can’t just be overstated.

The luxury brand didn’t start five or six decades ago; they have been here for over a century.

On 4 May 1904, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for the first time at The Midland Hotel, Manchester; an encounter that would change the course of automotive history.

Exactly 115 years later, the marque they agreed to form that day continues to set global standards for innovation and excellence, and uphold their legacy as the originators of ‘the best car in the world’.

Rolls and Royce would doubtless be astonished at the cars produced under their names in 2019. The century (and more) that has elapsed since their first 10hp machine made its debut at the Paris Salon has seen materials, technology and manufacturing methods utterly transformed.

Yet in several key areas, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars retains unbroken links to those pioneering days; and in its approach, instincts and values, it would be immediately – and pleasingly – recognisable to its founding fathers.

Henry Royce began his automotive career by building an improved version of the 10hp two-cylinder French Decauville – the first car he bought when his eponymous electrical company became successful.

When Rolls saw and drove Royce’s machine, he knew he had found a British car that could outshine the continental competition and agreed to sell all the cars Royce could build. In its first two years, Rolls-Royce produced a mere 10 cars: in 2018, it delivered 4,107 – the highest annual total in its history – to customers in over 50 countries.

Rolls-Royce once again produced a car capable of conquering the most hostile environments on Earth. The Cullinan super-luxury SUV caused an international sensation on its launch in 2018, and set the new global standard in luxury off-road motoring.

Cullinan was engineered from scratch to enable customers to go anywhere, see anything and do everything they desire with total confidence, while cocooned in the comfort and splendour embodied in the Rolls-Royce name.

To prove its all-terrain credentials, the car completed a 12,000-mile odyssey through some of the world’s most challenging terrain, in partnership with National Geographic.

As well as the Scottish Highlands, the Austrian Alps and the American West, Cullinan’s itinerary included the arid wastes of the Middle East, where it effortlessly confirmed Lawrence’s assertion that ‘a Rolls in the desert is above rubies.’

“We are deeply conscious of our heritage: it is a tremendous privilege to be continuing and building on work that began 115 years ago,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars. “But we also understand that our founders were visionaries, always looking to do things in new and different ways. It’s that spirit of excellence and innovation that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars embodies and celebrates today.”