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The management of Air Peace Airlines has agreed to recall a sizable number of the 70 pilots sacked recently due to the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry.
This decision was reached after an intervention meeting called by the minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, between the airline management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) yesterday.
The spokesperson of the ministry, James Odaudu said “in the verbal agreement reached after a dialogue that was held in a very friendly environment, chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema acceded to the minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under.
“Onyema expressed his sadness and disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots, after everything done to make them comfortable on their jobs.”
He recalled how Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers, giving its staff the best remuneration package within the sector only for them to disappoint at a time their understanding was needed.
He however commended Senator Hadi Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.
In their presentation, NAAPE, led by its chairman, Galadima Abednego said that some missteps could have been made in the course of the standoff between the airline and the union and appealed to the minister to intervene in order to resolve the impasse.
He said that as a union, it was a painful thing to see a large number of their members thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.
The Aviation minister in his remarks called for the understanding of everyone, especially the Labour unions, of the prevailing situation in the aviation industry, saying it was not the time for unnecessary upheavals.
He commended Chief Onyema for his enormous contributions in developing the industry, but appealed to him to recall the maximum number of the sacked pilots that the airline can comfortably accommodate in the prevailing circumstances to which airline operator agreed.
He called on all stakeholders in the aviation industry to put all hands on deck in ensuring a rapid recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Petrol supply fell by 23.88% in July, says NNPC

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The volume of petrol supplied in the country declined by 23 .88 per cent in July to 1 . 02 billion litres, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The NNPC said the 1 .02 billion litres translated to 32 .95 million litres per day , down from 44. 62 million litres per day in June , when 1 .34 billion litres were supplied .
Data obtained from the corporation showed that 0 . 95 billion litres ( 30 . 67 million litres/day) were supplied in May and 0 . 94 billion litres ( 31 .37 million litres/day ) in April.
The Federal Government imposed a lockdown on the Federal Capital Territory , Lagos and Ogun states on March 30 but a gradual easing of the lockdown began on May 4 .
In March and February , the volume of petrol supplied stood at 1 .73 billion ( 59. 72 million litres/day) , up from 1 .20 billion litres in January ( 38. 68 million litres/day)
“ The corporation has continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the nation , ” the NNPC said in its latest monthly report .
Agusto & Co , in a recent report , noted that the impact of the COVID – 19 pandemic on economic activities in the country resulted in a decline in the consumption of petroleum products .
The report said , “ Agusto & Co . expects the consumption of petroleum products , particularly PMS and Aviation Turbine Kerosene , to decline to 27. 2 billion litres in 2020 given the severely restricted travel and transportation activities during the second and third quarters of the year .
“ This is expected to translate to a decline in revenue to N4 . 3tn in 2020 .”
Nigeria , Africa ’s largest oil producer , relies largely on importation for petrol and other refined products as its refineries have remained in a state of disrepair for many years .
The NNPC has , until recently , been the sole importer of petrol into the country for more than two years , after private oil marketers stopped importing the commodity due to crude price fluctuations, among other issues .
The refineries , located in Port Harcourt , Kaduna and Warri , have a combined installed capacity of 445, 000 barrels per day but have continued to operate far below the installed capacity .
Under the Direct Sale Direct Purchase scheme , selected overseas refiners, trading companies and indigenous companies are allocated crude supplies in exchange for the delivery of an equal value of petrol and other refined products to the NNPC .

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FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines

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The federal government has withdrawn the approval granted to Emirates to conduct international flight operations in the country.
Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, disclosed this via a post on his Twitter handle on Friday.
The ban will take effect on September 21, 2020.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had, in a memo earlier in September, included Emirates in the list of approved airlines for international flights for both Abuja and Lagos airports.
But the minister said the decision to reverse the approval was taken after a meeting of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 with European Union ambassadors on Friday.
Sirika also said there were discussions on the ban on Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.
“The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed & they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st Sept. 2020,” the minister wrote.

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Union Bank supports 10 NGOs with N1.7m through UnionBetta donations

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Union Bank, a leading financial institutions, has again delivered on its promise to support charitable organisations with a portion of proceeds from the UnionBetta savings product.  

Launched in 2016, UnionBetta is a sub-account which allows Union Bank customers earn attractive interest rates for saving for as little as N5000 monthly. In return, the bank donates a percentage of the interest earned to select Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on behalf of its customers.

In selecting the recipients, priority was given to NGOs making impact in areas such as gender equality, education, talent development and agriculture which are key pillars of Union Bank’s citizenship efforts that align with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1,2,4, 5 and

This year, a total of One million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N1.7m) was donated to 10 different charitable organisations to help support their activities. Some of the recipients include United Methodist Church of Nigeria Orphanage, Jalingo; Zinnok Initiative for Women & Children, Abia; Teens Dream Initiative, Kwara and Lagos Food Bank Initiative. Others include Uduak Charles Diaries, Akwa-Ibom; Flexisaf Foundation, Abuja and Adolescent Friendly Research Initiative & Care, Ekiti.

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