In its bid to enhance accountability and transparency in the country’s aviation sector, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced plans to launch its consumer protection portal in August. This was disclosed by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at the NCAA, Michael Achimugu.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied the requirement of $10,000 bank balance and N640,000 fee for Nigerians applying for visas into the country. This development follows the recent announcement on Monday by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, that UAE authorities agreed to lift the travel restrictions imposed on Nigerians.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued caution to airlines advertising Deceptive departure times. NCAA acting Director General, Chris Najomo, said the agency now runs a zilch tolerance approach to regulatory infractions. Najomo, who was represented by NCAA Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu, warned the airlines to desist from the infraction or face dire regulatory actions.

The Warri-Itakpe rail transport service resumes full operations on Monday as passengers’ purchases tickets ready to inbound at the Ujevwe trail facility. The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, earlier suspended the train service on the Warri-Itakpe route for Friday, shortly after a coach from the Itakpe train derailed on track at the Major Gen. David Ejor rail station on Thursday. The Minister of Transportation, Senator Ahmed Alkali, while re-assuring passengers of their continued safety, announced the resumption of the Warri-Itakpe station on Sunday.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has suspended the Permit for Non-Commercial Flights, PNCF, of 10 private jet operators over failure to begin the recertification process. This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mr Michael Achimugu, on Friday, in Abuja. The operators, including Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd, Matrix Energy Ltd, Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd, were said to have violated regulations prohibiting the use of aircraft for commercial purposes.

The Federal Government has announced plans to inaugurate the next phase of Lagos- Calabar Coastal highway from Cross River to Akwa Ibom by August, 2024. The Minister of Works, David Umahi, disclosed this at the stakeholder’s engagement meeting held at Ibom hall in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday; with a view to sustain the on-going infrastructural developments drive in line with its Renewed Hope Agenda. “We are here to introduce Section Three and Four of the famous Lagos- Calabar Coastal Highway. We started and awarded Section One which started in Lagos and terminated at deep port in Lagos and is at 47.4km.”