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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.

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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.”


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FAAN for several months have requested that the two airports and the other state-owned airports in the country, which owed FAAN a total sum of N4 billion, should liquidate the debts incurred as charges for security and fire services.

A source from the agency, which confirmed the withdrawal of services yesterday, said FAAN may have made good its threat of shutting down any state-owned airport that didn’t pay up its debts on or before May 1, 2019.

It was gathered that in response to the withdrawal of the services by FAAN, airlines could not fly to any of the two airports yesterday because without security and fire cover any airport is automatically closed for operations.

THISDAY also learnt from Gombe that a meeting was ongoing between FAAN and Gombe airport to resolve the issue.

FAAN had urged the indebted airports to offset their bills and threatened that without the payment of the debts, it would withdraw its services.

The agency issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to inform airlines that it would withdraw its services from yesterday.

This followed expiration of the last one-week ultimatum issued to them by the agency, which said it had exhausted the option of amicable settlement.

This was confirmed by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu who said the agency had issued a NOTAM to the airports and airlines operating there.

She explained that the withdrawal of service would take place mid-night of yesterday and it would be indefinite until the debts owed the agency were paid.

According to her, management of Osubi and Akwa Ibom Airports had paid up parts of their debts as at Tuesday, but regretted that Gombe and Kebbi airports refused to comply with the directive.

With the services withdrawn, no airline can operate to the airports, which currently enjoys the services of Arik Air, Azman Air and Max Air.

Operation Manager, Azman Air, Saminu Tanko confirmed that the airline had received the NOTAM on the closure of the airports, saying their flights to the two airports would be suspended if the NOTAM were implemented.


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Madu Kaycee has been appointed and sworn in as the Minister of Municipal Affairs in Alberta, Canada, effective April 30.

Madu, who was recently declared winner at the tightly contested election as Member of Parliament representing Edmonton South-West in Alberta, Canada, is a barrister.

Madu, a Nigerian and an Mbaise son from Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, is also a distinguished member of Mbaise Connect Global Initiative (MCGI).

Recall that Nigerians in Canada have been patiently waiting for the official swearing in ceremony scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 21, until the news broke Sunday night that he has been appointed to serve as Minister of the third largest ministry in Alberta, Canada, with over $3.7 billion portfolio, and was on Tuesday, April 30 officially sworn in.

In view of the above, Madu will be serving in dual capacity as the Minister of Municipal Affairs of the Province of Alberta, and at the same time a Member of Parliament representing his constituency of Edmonton South-West.

This feat is the biggest position a black man has ever attained in Canada. The first black man to be named a Minister in Canada.

A statement from the office of the National President of Mbaise Connect requests all members who may wish to be present at his second swearing in ceremony as a Member of Parliament in Canada, to liaise with the leadership immediately.


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The South Korean Automaker Hyundai has introduced its all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata. It was unveiled at the just concluded New York international Auto Show.

Hyundai Sonata remains the longest-standing and most successful Hyundai in North America.

This 2020 Hyundai Sonata that fell under the 8th generation has no resemblance with its predecessors; it looks entirely different.

This Sonata came with Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy, an all-new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine and segment-first technology that can be personalized.

According to Hyundai automaker, the production of this Sonata will kick off in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and retails follows up in October.

“Sonata is our signature product,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Having been one of our first and most successful nameplates, Sonata is our legacy, and it needs to be special and memorable in all attributes. Sonata signifies our vision for future Hyundai designs, great active safety systems and cutting-edge technology that is effortless.”

We at Autojosh have to acknowledge they did justice to this car’s exterior design. We can’t help but mention that the front looks like an Audi and the rear look like an Aston Martin.

A newly designed Digital Pulse Cascading Grille; distinctive and innovative new lighting architecture; LED Daytime Running Lights embedded with Hidden Lighting Lamps; the trunk spoiler and some other exterior features suggest Hyundai did a nice job.

The 2020 Sonata gives customers the option of choosing between their two Smartstream gasoline powertrains: a 2.5 GDI and a 1.6 T-GDI engine. The both engines are fitted to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new smartstream 2.5 GDI engine produces 191 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine has a fuel economy of 33 mpg. Meanwhile, the new Smartstream 1.6 T-GDI produces 180 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at 1500–4500 rpm. This engine has a fuel economy of 31 mpg combined, thanks to its world-first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) system.

The 2020 Hyundai sonata supports Hyundai Digital Key via a dedicated smartphone app. Hyundai Digital Key utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which exhibits a high level of security. The NFC wireless data communication takes place only when the device and the reader are within several centimeters of each other. The Hyundai Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely.

When it comes to safety, the new Sonata maximizes occupant safety through a range of active and passive safety technologies. Passengers benefit from a comprehensive nine-airbag set-up, while a sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) works to alert drivers to things they might miss while driving.

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