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Why We Are Yet To Resume Flights To Dubai – Minister

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The Federal Government on Monday said flights to the United Arab Emirates are yet to resume due to the unfair disposition of policy initiated by the UAE, aso Naija reports.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, remarked during the briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Sirika, who explained that the protocol appeared to be targeted at only Nigerians, added that it was discriminatory and not backed up scientifically.

He explained that UAE was insistent that all passengers intending to visit its country must use Emirates Airline or spend two weeks in the alternative carrier’s country before gaining entrance to Dubai.

The minister dismissed insinuations that the continuous delay in the resumption of flights was ego-related.

He, however, said that talks were ongoing to resolve the matter.

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According to him, Emirates in particular and other airlines, including KLM, gave some conditions that were not acceptable to Nigeria because they don’t make scientific sense.

After review, some of the airlines, especially KLM, saw sense with what Nigeria presented which is that you can do the test 48 hours to 72 hours before you leave and do another test on arrival.

Emirates at that time wanted us to do the test 48 hours before boarding and 48 hours is not yet the incubation time.

”They expect us to do a rapid test at the airport and then fly seven hours later and do another test in Dubai and then follow us to our hotel or our accommodation and do another test.

“That dragged on and in the interest of our people and cordial relationship, even though it is a commercial decision for the airline to take at any point in time, we ceded and accepted that we would do those tests that don’t make scientific sense to us at the expense of our people and our monies.

“We accepted what Emirates presented and proceeded even though KLM and other airlines saw our reasons and rationale and towed the lines of Nigeria.

“In this case, Emirates insisted again that in addition to the test on arrival and other tests, that Nigerians cannot fly to UAE except through Emirates airline.

”And that if we choose to do so through other airlines like Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkish or other airlines, we must remain in the country of that airline for two weeks if we are Nigerians before we continue to Dubai.

“Meaning that if I buy my ticket in a free market which Nigeria and UAE practice if I buy a ticket on Ethiopian Airline, that means I must remain in Addis Ababa for two weeks whether I have a visa or not before I proceed to Dubai.

So, they insisted that we must fly by Emirates and majority of Nigerians are petty traders and the ticket of Emirates, in this case, maybe higher than other airlines,” Sirika explained.

He stressed that civil aviation was being guided by agreement and international convention.

”It is only one aviation and we found this position to be discriminatory against our country and it is not acceptable.

“We thought we could take it diplomatically and we have been meeting and exchanging ideas because, at some point, they said they are being hard on Nigerians because there are fake results.

”And I said there are fake results in UAE, Germany, UK, USA, all over the world, there are fake results but Nigeria went ahead to put measures in place to detect fake results.

“So, we have gone the extra mile plus if you look at the rate of infection and the rate of people catching COVID-19 in Nigeria, we are far less than many other countries in the world which UAE did not apply that principle upon.

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Keep Quiet During An argument With Your Husband — Minister of Women Affairs 

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The Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, has advised women in the country not to argue or talk when having arguments with their husbands, Aso Naija gathered.

The minister during a Conference of Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, said avoid trading words would prevent physical assault that may lead to injury or death.

The conference was organised by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Phase II Programme and funded by the European Union through the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
“I am equally begging my women not to look for trouble, not even at home. Maintain peace in your home because if a home is peaceful, the woman has 80 percent to contribute to that. If you need peace, you can equally achieve it.

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Keep your mouth shut. Talking back does not yield fruit, rather it leads to death and destruction, it leads to bringing up bad children for society. Keep your mouth shut, it does not make you a fool but a wise person. When the man is shouting and saying all sorts of things, act like a fool and keep your mouth shut.

After a while, watch him. If he is a good man, he will come back to apologise. If he is not a good one, ignore him. Have what you want to do in your mind, but when we show who we are and we fight back, most times, it leads to hitting; you could be injured.

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Ozekhome Warns: Naira-Dollar Exchange Rate Could Reach N4000 Before Year End under Tinubu Government

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According to lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the current government led by Bola Tinubu has exacerbated the poverty levels in Nigeria.

During a live program on Channels TV, Ozekhome emphasized the urgent need for President Tinubu and his team to address the economic challenges faced by the country, as they had campaigned on the promise of renewing people’s hope during the 2023 election period.

Ozekhome also expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s habit of blaming past administrations for Nigeria’s problems, stating that they should instead focus on innovative approaches to tackle these issues.

He highlighted the recent payment of $400 million and the increase in reserves to $34 billion, but cautioned that without careful intervention, the Naira may reach an exchange rate of N4000 to the dollar before the end of the year.

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Drawing a comparison to the situation in Ghana, where citizens carried baskets of cedis to purchase goods, Ozekhome questioned the rationale behind allowing the Bureau de Change (BDCs) to control the economy from under trees and tables.

He found it particularly disconcerting that officials of the current government continue to blame the Jonathan administration, which left office in 2015, even though they themselves took over from the same administration in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

Ozekhome concluded that the current state of affairs represents renewed poverty rather than renewed hope, and called on the government to engage in fresh thinking and innovative solutions to address the nation’s challenges.

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NLC Puts Nationwide Protest on Hold, Extends Ultimatum to March 13

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decided to temporarily suspend its planned nationwide protest and has extended the ultimatum it issued to the federal government until March 13, Aso Naija Reports.

Initially, the labor union had announced a two-day nationwide protest to draw attention to unmet demands by the federal government and the prevailing hardships experienced across the country.

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However, following the conclusion of its National Executive Council meeting today, the NLC released a communique stating that the objectives of the protest were effectively achieved on the first day of the demonstration.

As a result, the NLC has chosen to put the protest on hold for now and has extended the deadline for the federal government to address the labor union’s concerns until March 13.

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Lagos Announces 24-hour Total Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge

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The Federal Ministry of Work will embark on a total closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for 24 hours on Wednesday, February 28 to 12 noon on Thursday, February 29, to allow the contractor execute a major aspect of the ongoing repair works on the bridge, Aso Naija Reports

 

The closure by the Federal Ministry of Works was announced in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi.

The commissioner advised all road users to use alternative routes already provided during this period as the bridge would not be opened to traffic for 24-hours.

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Osiyemi assured road users that the traffic management officials would be on ground to manage traffic and minimise inconveniences.

Repair works have been ongoing on the bridge since January with partial closures for in and outbound traffics.

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Court Asks Nigerian Government To Submit List Of Witnesses For Treason Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu

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The Nigerian government has been directed by the Federal High Court in Abuja to submit a list of witnesses in order to support the charges of treasonable felony against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aso Naija Reports.

This development was revealed by Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the special counsel representing Nnamdi Kanu, after filing a fresh bail application seeking his client’s release.

According to Ejimakor, the court is prepared to commence the hearing stage of the trial and has instructed the prosecuting team to file all necessary documents, including witness statements on oath.

The court’s ruling on the bail application is scheduled for March 19, 2024, and until then, the judge will decide whether or not to grant bail.

Nnamdi Kanu’s special counsel, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor revealed this on Monday after he filed a fresh bail application to secure the release of his client in court.

He said the court is ready to open the hearing stage of the trial and has ordered the prosecuting team to file all their processes including their witnesses’ statements on oath.

He said, “Her lordship said the ruling had to wait till the 19th of March 2024, by which time she should have made up her mind whether to grant bail or not.

“We’re also looking forward to hearing. She has directed the prosecution to file their witness statement of oath from the witnesses and serve on us timeously so that we can prepare for our cross-examination.

“So we’re looking forward to a robust 19th of March, you know when they will present whatever they have and then we can also challenge the witnesses with our questions to determine the veracity or otherwise of what they have been said.”

According to earlier reports the court had fixed March 19, 2024, to rule on the bail application.

Kanu’s counsel, Aloy Ejimakor argued that the IPOB leader should be granted bail because of his ill health.

But the prosecuting team led by Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), who replaced David Kaswe, a lawyer with the Federal Ministry of Justice, urged the court to dismiss the bail application.

Awomolo argued that the Department of State Services (DSS) has the medical facilities required to take care of the IPOB leader.

The judge subsequently adjourned ruling on the bail application to March 19, 2024.

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