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Nigeria: Kaduna DISCO Generates N1.7 Billion in Sokoto in Eight Months

By Mohammed Aminu

Sokoto — The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO), Tuesday said it generated about N1.7 billion in Sokoto state from January 2017 till date.

Speaking in an interview with THISDAY in Sokoto, the Business Development Relations Officer of the company, Abubakar Ibrahim Hashim, stated that the amount was recorded in the state in the past eigh months.

He explained that the company generates between N200 million and N220 million in the state monthly.

Hashim disclosed that the residents consume energy worth between N500 million and N600 million monthly but pay N200 million to the company.

He however, lamented that the major issue in terms of revenue generation, has to do with the inability of consumers to pay their electricity bill.

“Our monthly target in Sokoto state is about N600 million but we generate between N200 million and N220 million monthly. In fact, the highest was N260 million in March 2017 and this is our greatest challenge.

“That is why we want to provide pre-paid meters to all our customers for us to have the accurate energy provided to consumers. I believe that doing this will go a long way in improving our revenue.

“I can tell you that we don’t even generate 50 percent revenue of what is consumed in Sokoto. The investors are really complaining because of this and up till now they are still operating at a loss. They are yet to break even,” Hashim said.

He stressed the need for energy consumers in the state to endeavour to pay their electricity bills on time to enable the company provide better services for them.

Hashim also dismissed reports that the state water board was unable to provide water to some parts of the Sokoto metropolis last week due to power outage.

He insisted that the recent water scarcity in some areas in the state capital was not as a result of epileptic power supply.

According to him, the state water board is a major customer of the company and as such the priority of KAEDCO is to ensure adequate electricity for their use.

He explained that it was not possible for the water board to pump water to all parts of the state capital at the same time due to the fact that its booster stations lacked the capacity to do so.

“The state water board has booster stations in different locations in the state capital where it pumps water to the consumers.

“Thus, in a situation where there is no electricity in a particular area,the booster station cannot pump water. If they require more energy, we can afford to provide it for them.We attend to their issues promptly because they are our priority customer and very important to us.

“So, it is not true that water scarcity in some parts of the state capital was due to power outage,” Hashim added.

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Africa: Does Africa Only Have 3 Facilities to Repair Aircraft?

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To attract investors, Nigeria’s Kaduna state wants to repair aircraft. But would its planned facility be only the fourth on the continent, as the state’s governor’s account tweeted?

Researched by David Ajikobi

Located in Nigeria’s northern heartland, the state of Kaduna aims to boost its economy by attracting more investors. One way it wants to do this is by putting up a centre to service aircraft.

(Note: Another is to attract mining, with state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai previously claiming Kaduna has more gold than South Africa, but we couldn’t find proof of that.)

A centre to service aircraft – known in the industry as a “maintenance, repair and overhaul” facility – would help make Kaduna a hub for both passengers and cargo, state authorities said. It would also save airlines the millions of dollars that they spend on maintenance abroad, the governor’s official handle tweeted in August.

It is “important to note that in the whole of Africa, there are only 3 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities”, the governor’s account further motivated.

Does this claim get off the ground?

No word from state officials on source of claim

Africa Check contacted Kaduna state authorities and governor El-Rufai’s aide on new media, Maryam Abubakar, for the source of their data, but we received no response.

Michal Swoboda, a freelance aviation consultant based in Poland, told Africa Check that maintenance, repair and overhauls “can be very limited, basic tasks performed at an airport (line maintenance) or complex maintenance checks including structural work (base or heavy maintenance)”.

Furthermore, MRO facilities can be inhouse (affiliated to airlines) or independent, aviation analyst Daniella Horwitz told Africa Check. She has widely covered aircraft maintenance on the continent.

Such facilities need to be approved by aviation authorities – either the national authority where it is located or general ones such as the European Aviation Safety Agency and the American Federal Aviation Administration, Swoboda added.

Maintenance is tightly regulated by a UN agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, as non-compliance can have fatal consequences.

‘More pressing priorities’ for Nigeria

In Nigeria, the idea isn’t a new one. The state of Akwa Ibom is reported to have abandoned the construction of a US$50 million aircraft repair area in 2015.

If aircraft checks and repairs were done locally, Nigeria could save US$500 million annually and create up to 10,000 jobs, a June 2017 aviation seminar heard.

But John Ojikutu, a member of Nigerian aviation industry think-tank Aviation Round Table and retired Nigeria air force pilot, said that the country’s states had more pressing concerns, such as building more schools and hospitals.

No facilities listed for Nigeria or West Africa

Africa Check counted at least 49 providers offering different kinds of aircraft maintenance and repairs in the directory of Airline Update – a website that provides commercial aviation information.

This directory is continuously updated as data is received from the companies, Paul Ellis, a UK-based retired pilot who runs the website, told Africa Check.

It shows South Africa has 15 companies that offer both heavy and light maintenance in at least 6 different airports. Kenya has seven in at least 3 airports, while Morocco has six in at least 3 airports. None is listed for Nigeria or any country in West Africa.

Another directory, that of the industry lobby African Airlines Association, lists nine internationally approved African MRO companies on its website, with seven of these owned by major African airlines. These companies perform base, component, line or engine checks and repairs out of about 15 airports on the continent.

Africa’s major hubs in Johannesburg, Nairobi & Addis

“If the Kaduna state government is thinking only of sub-Saharan Africa, and excluding South Africa, and counting just those MROs that provide third-party heavy (base) maintenance, he [the state government] might be correct. Otherwise, not!” Ellis said.

“I do not think it is correct to say there are only three MRO facilities in the whole of Africa,” Horwitz told Africa Check. “There are many small MRO facilities all over Africa, but they are not really hubs, as they probably only service one airline and tend to have one hangar.”

She said that at the start of 2017, there were three major MRO hubs on the continent: in Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). These are big centres where airlines from other parts of the world come for aircraft maintenance and which generally have more than one operator for servicing.

Horwitz has flagged a skills shortage and the lack of enough aircraft to sustain major maintenance operations on the continent as key challenges for the region.

Conclusion: Africa has 3 aircraft maintenance hubs, but many more facilities

Nigeria’s Kaduna state said that Africa has only three facilities to repair aircraft, as it made a case for building its own and become a key continental aviation player.

But aviation experts said the continent has more than three, with Africa Check counting nearly 50 firms that provide such services. South Africa, Kenya and Morocco have the highest number.

If Kaduna state were referring to major repair hubs it may have had a stronger case, as experts say there are currently three in the region.

However, the governor’s office specifically referred to “facilities”, but we will be generous and rate the claim an exaggeration.

-Edited by Lee Mwiti

Nigeria: NRC to Deploy Two New Locomotives for Abuja-Kaduna Train Service

By Kasim Sumaina

Abuja — The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has disclosed that barring any technical hitches, it will next month deploy the two new speed locomotives it acquired for the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge train service.

It noted that once it deploys the new locomotives, timing of its services would be strict, adding that it will obey its schedules strictly and judiciously.

NRC Liaison Officer in Abuja, Mr. Pascal A Nnorli, hinted this yesterday while speaking to journalists that “by this week, the locomotives should be fully taken over from the Chinese. Once the NRC takes full possession of the two locomotives, the training of Nigerians who will operate them will commence.

“The training will be done by technical staff of the CCECC just like they did before the train service was launched. By this week, the handing over of the new locomotives by the CCECC to the NRC management will be complete and training will commence at once followed by test run before commercial deployment.”

The locomotive which had arrived Lagos on July 25, 2017, arrived Idu, Abuja on August 13, 2017, and the offloading was completed on August 14, 2017.

“Already, the CCECC has commenced technical evaluation of the two new locomotives before handing them over to NRC. The newly acquired locomotives are the ones originally billed to be used on the service. The current locomotive in use is a temporal one and was the same one used during the construction.

“The new locomotives are built to travel up to 150kilometres per hour. Once deployed, the trains speed will increase and cut short travel time from Abuja to Kaduna from about 2:45minutes to about 1:30 minutes from Abuja. Also, the number of daily trains services will improve from the present four.”

He further stated that “the highest we may probably go is 130 per hour for safety concerns. However, when we deploy the new locomotives, we will increase the speed gradually. We may start with 90km/hr and increase to 100km/hr until we get to 130km/hr.

“Currently, the NRC trained staff working on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor are 488 compared to CCECC’s 21 technical staff. The NRC also maintains the rail facilities with little technical support from CCECC, especially in track maintenance having acquired the tamping machine, the ballast profiling machine and ballast distribution machine.”

Nnorli explained that “the training should last for about two weeks. After the two weeks training, the locomotives will be test run for about a week before it will be launched for commercial operations. All these processes shouldn’t be more than a month, all things equal.”

Nigeria: Olam Nigeria – Adding Value to a Vital Food Chain

To help ensure food security in the country in support of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, Olam Nigeria is poised to unveil a $150 million integrated poultry facility in Kaduna in September. Some selected journalists visited the facility ahead of the planned unveiling. Abimbola Akosile was there and reports

To feed a nation, it takes a sincere, committed government and much more. And when it comes to feeding the above 170 million citizens and residents in Nigeria, it takes a combination of crucial inter-related factors.

When the more than 195 member-countries adopted the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the landmark 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 in New York, the private sector was enjoined to rally round their home governments to help realise the Goals and 165 targets.

This is because no government can single-handedly ensure food security for its citizens; not in the Third World or the Western developed countries. The role of the private sector comes into play because of the tight efficiency and financial muscle available in the sector, which can be leveraged beyond mere corporate social responsibility.

Local Scenario

For long, poverty and hunger have featured prominently among the myriad challenges facing Nigeria’s development process, and it is no longer news that millions go to bed hungry on a daily basis.

The Federal Government, especially under the current administration is yet to tackle this challenge successfully, although it has prioritised agriculture as a major pivot to diversify the economy and generate more non-oil revenue.

Aside the fact that agriculture reported employs around 75 per cent of the country’s labour force, there has been an upsurge in agri-processing and greater involvement of the private sector in agricultural sector financing, leading to the emergence of agripreneurs (agricultural entrepreneurs).

Olam Intervention

At the Olam Integrated Breeding Farms, Hatchery and Feed Mill in Kaduna, which was reported to have cost the agri-business company around $150 million out its total investment of up to $1 billion so far in the country, the emphasis was on automation and state-of-the-art technology.

In a media facility tour coordinated by top Olam officials including the Vice President & Head Corporate and Government Relations, Mr. Ade Adefeko; Business Head, Animal Protein, Dr. Vinod Kumar, Mishra, and the Corporate Affairs Manager, Damilola Adeniyi, THISDAY got a first-hand inkling of the scope of investment made by the conglomerate, and what it would actually take to ensure food security and even export in the poultry business in Nigeria. Below are some of the interventions:

Animal Protein Demand

According to Olam, “Due to population growth, urbanisation and changing food preferences, we expect a steady increase in the demand of Animal Proteins. This demand was hitherto being met through imports of frozen poultry and fish, but the progressive government policies to phase out such imports makes it imperative that local productive capacity of poultry farming and aquaculture scales up quickly to meet this demand.”

Olam, with its strong Nigerian heritage, has identified animal feed & protein, as a win-win opportunity supporting import substitution, rural self-employment and food security and is committing over $100m of fixed capital investments in the first phase.

Poultry Sector Devt

The company noted that the poultry industry in Northern Nigeria is seriously constrained by the availability and quality of day-old-chicks (DOC). According to the officials, at full capacity, Olam’s breeding farms and hatchery will produce over 1 million high-quality layer and broiler DOC every week, which will reach the farms in Northern Nigeria within a very short period of time and hence, offer low mortality and better chick health.

“The Northern markets are dependent on commercial feed supplies from South, resulting in a high delivered price. By adding a large feed milling capacity (300,000 TPA… expandable in Phase- 2) in the Northern region, Olam will be able of offer competitively-priced and specially-formulated feeds to meet the requirement of local poultry farmers”, it added.

Enhancing Local Crops

At full Phase-1 capacity, Olam’s feed mill will utilise around 180,000 Metric Tonnes of corn and 75,000 MT of soybeans. This additional demand, the company noted, will encourage local farmers to increase the acreage and investment in farming these crops.

Olam intends to create over 50,000 MT of in-house storage capacity, along with similar level of outsourced storage facilities, which will help in price stabilisation and hence, better realisation for farmers. It will also enhance food security.

The company also wants to collaborate with Federal, State and non-governmental agencies to introducing better farming practices for these crops, thereby increasing farm yields and improving crop profitability.

Developing Partnerships

Olam revealed that it is working with the Kaduna State Government to develop a model for supplying poultry proteins (eggs and meat) for its school-feeding program at below-market prices.

It will also work with the neighbouring communities to create a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) agenda covering education, health and sanitation.

“Olam plans to set up solar power generation facilities on site to meet a part of its energy needs, thereby reducing the usage of fossil-fuel based energy. The site will have an integrated rainwater harvesting program to meet its water requirements”, the company revealed.

Upscale Hatchery

According to experts, to ensure the success of the One Child + One Egg = 5.5 million eggs under the federal government’s School Feeding Programme, over a billion eggs would be needed in a calendar year of 200 days.

Also, the President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Dr. Ayoola Odutan, has that while the local demand for frozen chicken is above two million metric tonnes annually; Nigerian farmers are only able to produce 300,000 metric tonnes, leaving a wide gap of more than 1.7 million metric tonnes.

This leaves room for smuggling to fill the gap, and according to reports, smuggled chicken accounts for 1.2 million metric tonnes annually.

To help fill this yawning gap, Olam is developing a hatchery that would be able to turn out 1,500,000 eggs per week in successive batches. The eggs are sourced from Olam breeding farms under the tightest bio-security measures, with a very high rate of hatchability.

These eggs and the day-old-chicks, which processing are supervised by selected veterinarians, are to be sold to backyard farmers for poultry production and supply of meat all year round, outside religious festivals, according to the Olam officials.

Positive Philosophy

Olam has a vision to recruit young vets; fresh from schools, engage and train them through a diamond programme for two years after which they will be evaluated and placed on a loan scheme to become individual entrepreneurs in their various field of farms specialty.

Also, according to Vinod, Olam is not contesting with the backyard farmers for poultry production. “Olam is not a foreign company coming in to kill the small farmers off. Olam is a Nigerian company”.

Vinod, who preferred adequate local food security before export, revealed that the company’s focus is to empower local farmers and groom entrepreneurs.

With the intervention of Olam and other big private sector players in the country’s agribusiness industry, more jobs would be provided and there would be increased revenue and income, with corresponding ripple effect on farmers, traders and other agricultural stakeholders. In Nigeria, that is a noble cause.

Nigeria: Why Ethiopia Airlines Is Successful

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Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopia Airlines possess unique, rare and difficult to imitate attributes that distinguish it from its peers in Africa. The airline is seen as the most successful airline in the continent.

For five consecutive years, Ethiopia Airlines has remained the most profitable carrier in the continent and in the foreseeable future, there are indications that it would continue to lead in the continent and remain one of the best in the world.

The airline is the example of how a government should allow its businesses to run without interference. Although Ethiopia Airlines is a national carrier owned 100 percent by government of Ethiopia, it is fully autonomous. In other parts of Africa and beyond, interferences contributed to the extinction of many airlines established during or before the independence of most African states.

Such airlines that died due to the failure of government to stay away from their operations included the Nigeria Airways Limited, Air Afrique, Ghana Airways, Gambia Airlines, Air Angol, Botswana Airlines, Congo Airlines, Air Djibouti among others.

These airlines were not professionally run like today’s Ethiopia Airlines and, ironically, the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited, according to industry experts, had more prospects than any other African airline. In the 1990s the airline was doing about 202 fights weekly.

But today, Nigeria Airways thrives in history with all the relics of its glorious days accompanied by the nostalgia of those who worked in the airline, who would forever remember how it gave them a lifeline and experience that would forever be treasured.

Even during the politically undulating fortunes of Ethiopia, its airline held sway, it burrowed through the challenges of the failed experiment on communism when Ethiopian government started a romance with Russia and China in the 1970s and wanted Ethiopia Airlines to re-fleet, exchanging its US made aircraft with that of Russia. But subtly, the management of the airline reminded the government then that this would mean replacing the whole training facilities, including maintenance, spares and even the retraining of personnel, a challenge that would pose huge fiscal sacrifice to the airline and the state. The idea was dropped.

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Ethiopia Airlines history indicated that the first time a discernible interference happened, a top army official involved was executed publicly as a deterrence to others who might dream of eroding the independence of the airline.Ethiopia Airlines was established on December 21, 1945 and it started operation on April 8, 1946. From the onset it was determined to succeed and to become a dominant airline in Africa. It was one of the first airlines in the continent that developed its maintenance infrastructure and started comprehensive training of pilots, engineers and cabin crew.It has to be noted that one of the failures of Nigeria Airways was that it was unable to establish maintenance facility, while the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria did not grow beyond training for Private Pilot License (PPL). But Ethiopia Airlines developed its training facilities that for years it has pilots training school, aircraft maintenance technicians school, school of marketing and finance, cabin crew training school that has the capacity to train 400 trainees with modern mock up and full flight simulator training for Boeing B737, B757, B767, B787, B777 and Bombardier, Q400.The airline has state-of-the-art maintenance hangar with a span of 7,200 square meters and a height of 25 meters can accommodate one B747-400 or two B737-700s or two equivalent size aircraft at any given time in different configuration.Ethiopian has an advanced maintenance base, which is fully operational for airframe maintenance up to D-Checks, engine, overhaul, components repair and overhaul, light aircraft maintenance and technical, and management assistance for other airlines. The maintenance base is certified by the US- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Ethiopian also provides management and technical assistance to other airlines on secondment basis by availing trained and skilled manpower in different areas relative to the airline industry. For many years some Nigerian airlines maintained their engines at the Ethiopian maintenance facility.According to reports, the airline was featured by The Economist as an example of excellence in late 1987 and economist Paul B. Henze recognised it in 2000 as being “one of the most reliable and profitable airlines in the Third World” In July 2011, Ethiopian was named Africa’s most profitable airline for the year 2010 by Air Transport World, and it has also been praised by African Airlines Association (AFRAA) for its sustained profitability over recent years.In addition to earning from ticket sales, Ethiopian generates revenues by providing aircraft maintenance to foreign airlines, and specialist training for both Ethiopian and foreign trainees. Every year, pilots and technicians graduate from both the Pilot School, inaugurated in 1964, and the Aviation Maintenance Technician School, established in 1967. FAA accredited the airline’s maintenance division.Manager of Ethiopia Airlines Holidays, Seble Wongel Azene said the airline started “Vision 2010” in 2005, which aimed to increase passenger traffic to three million, revenue to $1 billion and employees to 6,000 by 2010. By the year 2010 Ethiopian had exceeded all goals set in “Vision 2010”, and the company’s net profit for the fiscal year ended 2010-6-30 was $121.4 million. The results were attributed in part to an aggressive marketing campaign and major cost cutting measures.As at July 2017, Ethiopia Airlines has 92 aircraft but in its 2025 projection it plans to generate $10 billion revenue, operate 120 international destinations and 26 domestic detonations, deliver 140 aircraft, airlift 22 million passengers and haul 820, 000 tons of cargo.The difference really between the African airlines contemporaneous of Ethiopia Airlines that had gone under and the later is that of patriotism, grit determination, enviable vision and the spirit of the workforce that is unencumbered by greed.

Nigeria: NNPC Revives 52 Clinics, Seeks End to Rampant Medical Tourism

By Chineme Okafor

Abuja — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it will jump-start its diversification into health care business with a deeper collaboration with India to revive its 52 clinics in the country.

It said its collaboration with India would be in the area of expertise and state-of-the-art medical equipment for the clinics, adding that such cooperation would reduce the trend of medical tourism from Nigeria to various foreign countries.

The corporation also noted that its symbiotic commercial relationship with India has seen the country increase its daily crude oil supply to India to 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2017.

According to a statement from the Group General Manager, Public Affairs of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, yesterday in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, hosted the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabushana Reddy, in his office when all these were said.

The statement quoted Baru to have said the NNPC was already discussing with some Indian health care providers to come into the country and help grow the capacities of its medical staff with the aim of putting in place world class health care facilities.

He reportedly urged Reddy to encourage Indian oil and gas companies to participate in the forthcoming marginal fields bid round, adding that their participation would further deepen the bilateral relations between both countries.

He stated: “We recognise that India is one of the highest off-takers of Nigeria’s crude oil and we are ready to ensure that this harmonious economic relationship is sustained going forward.”

Also quoted in the statement was Reddy, who agreed with Baru’s claims of both countries’ deep bilateral relations. He added that India was ready to further expand the diverse relationship in economic, trade, commerce and security spheres.

He reportedly applauded NNPC’s commitment to the terms of its crude oil trades with three of India’s indigenous companies, adding that the visit was to further consolidate the gains of previous engagements.

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Nigeria: TCN Secures $2 Billion to Expand Capacity to 20,000MW

By Clement Nwoji

Abuja — The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has secured close to $2billion for the rehabilitation of national grid infrastructure and expansion of its transmission capacities up to 20,000 megawatts target within the next three years.

Before now, some of the transmission facilities are outdated, or inadequate and too weak to evacuate power generated by the Generation Companies (GenCos) thereby limiting the GenCos from achieving its optimum capacities.

The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, made these disclosures at the just concluded power sector stakeholders meeting presided by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in Kano.

He spoke while fielding questions from journalists on the challenges and programmes of the company towards achieving sustainable power supply throughout Nigeria.

He noted that because of the liquidity issue in the power sector, the TCN had sought the support of the ministries of Finance, and Power, which led to the raising of the fund from multilateral donors for the expansion of the grid.

He said the fund was raised from the World Bank, African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JAICA), and the European Union.

He said: “Last week, we advertised for transformer capacities for Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Shiroro regions. These are part of the projects we have been able to raise from the multilateral regions, and the total capacity we are working towards achieving is 20,000 megawatts in the next three years.

“We have also restarted some projects that had not been doing well like the Abuja Transmission Ring Project, which is supposed to put three substations within the capital territory, and provide another avenue for supply from Lafia.

“We have also resuscitated the JAICA project that had been on the drawing board for a long time. Those two projects plus the project that we are going to raise now is about $1.55billion.”

He decried that in the efforts to expand transmission capacities, the company is confronted with right of way issues, and is collaborating with state governors including Kano, Kaduna, Edo, Abia, Imo, Ogun, and Lagos to pay compensations and resolve the problems.

“We discovered that right of way is a big problem in Nigeria, and actually it is a national issue. In trying to expand the capacity of transmission, we started collaborating with the states in every area that we are putting significant capacity.

“As part of these projects and investments, we have raised to expand the transmission lines from Shiroro to Kaduna, and from Kaduna to Kano. We are putting a cord line that will carry 2,400MW capacity. We have never had that kind of capacity in Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

Currently, he said the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, who is giving significant support, is even the one paying compensations for some of the places where TCN is putting some substations at 330 in Kaduna and Zaria, and three 133 substations in Kaduna.

On rejection of loads by distribution companies (DisCos), he said efforts are on to address the lack of capacity to carry the loads. In this regard, he said TCN had appointed interface focal persons for each of the DisCos whose job is to ensure that information about where it has load rejection is disclosed, and the capacity reset to other areas where they want it.

He said the nation currently has stranded load generation of about 2,000MW, which is not healthy for the development of the sector, because as time goes on and if TCN cannot pick those generations, it will hinder investments on the generation system.

Nigeria: Kaduna Trains 13,000 Teachers On ICT

By John Shiklam

Kaduna — The Kaduna State government has commenced the training of 13,000 senior secondary school teachers on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Deputy Director, Schools in the state ministry of education, Idris Aliyu, who disclosed this in an interview at the Kaduna ICT hub, said the training was initiated under the state government’s secondary school e-learning project.

According to him, the training is expected to prepare teachers for the senior secondary school e-learning project coming up in September, adding that 10,000 tablets loaded with over 300 books are ready for distribution under the first phase of the project when schools resume in September.

He said the project would start with senior secondary one (SSI) female students in all girls’ boarding schools in the state after which it would be extended to boys until each SS I student has a computer tablet.

Aliyu added that the next batch will be SS II students, followed by SS III, stressing that by the end of 2018, all secondary school students in the state will have a computer tablet.

He explained that the training of teachers was aimed at ensuring the success of the programme “This is why we are training the teachers before school resumes in September, such that as soon as the students are back in school, we will distribute the tablets to the teachers and students and they will all be on the same page.”

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Nigeria: El-Rufai Flags-Off Flights Operations By Ethiopian Airline in Kaduna

By John Shiklam

Kaduna — Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Tuesday flagged – off flight operations by Ethiopian airlines from Ethiopia to Kaduna.

Speaking at the event which held at the Kaduna International Airport, the governor said regular international flights and an inland container terminal in Kaduna will help boost the state economy.

He said the state government would support the airlines to make flights from Kaduna to Addis-Ababa successful.

“The Kaduna State Government welcomes with delight the commencement today, August 1, 2017, of regular international flights from the Kaduna International Airport.

“The government appreciates and recognises the profound statement of confidence Ethiopian Airlines is demonstrating in the prospects and viability of Kaduna.

“The flight of Ethiopian Airlines from Kaduna to Addis Ababa today marks another step in the steady insertion of Kaduna into the global economy,” the governor said.

According to him, with direct flight from Kaduna and the imminent start of operations at the inland container terminal, Kaduna is being upgraded to a port city despite its considerable distance from the nearest ocean.

He noted with the flight, international travel for business people and the ability to export and import cargo with little hitch are being considerably enhanced.

According to el-Rufai, Kaduna is a major road transport hub, agriculture power house and home to many educational institutions.

He said regular flights from Kaduna offer passengers from across the North-west zone a nearer alternative to Abuja, adding that the state government will continue to engage aviation stakeholders to ensure that more local and international flights come to Kaduna.

“This is giving considerable boost to the state government’s strategy to anchor growth and development on attracting investments to create jobs, increase internally generated revenues and empower people.

“The investment strategy is receiving emphatic support with investment inflows above $300million in two years amidst two very successful investment summits,” the governor said.

He stressed further that the state, has within two years successfully reversed the fortunes of the Kaduna Airport which had for too long been neglected both in terms of facilities and flight availability.

He expressed gratitude to the federal government for supporting Kaduna Airport to move closer to realising its potential.

He said both the federal and state governments made investments to the Kaduna Airport to serve as alternative destination during the six-weeks closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Nigeria: Nama – Achieving Aircraft Landing At Zero Visibility

By Anthony Awunor

Recently, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) made inroads in the area of proper and efficient management of navigational aids which has helped in no little measure to ease landing of aircraft in all the airports in the country. ANTHONY AWUNOR, in this piece, looks at the performance of the agency in that regard.

Perennial recurrence of flight cancellations and delays owing to the weather abnormalities are major challenges airline operators face in the country.

In aviation, the situation becomes more worrisome due to, either heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, cloud including the harmattan haze phenomenon which usually occur towards the end of every year.

Cautious of the above fact, NAMA recently pledged its readiness in landing aircraft at zero visibility just as the agency also revealed its plan to install Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) in no fewer than 18 airports nationwide to ensure safety in the airspace.

Managing director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, gave the hint recently while taking journalists around the Kaduna airport.

According to Akinkuotu, the country has Category 2 ILS’ and had bought 11 new ones which it would be putting in airports including Minna, Benin, Ibadan and some other places while using others recovered on other airports.

He said the Category 2 ILS was effective enough to bring down an aircraft from at least 100feet from elevation and visibility of less than 800metres up to 1000 feet.

“We might also add that quite often we hear our pilots talk about what kind of capabilities we have in the harmattan and this system is a category 2 ILS which will bring us down to at least a 100feet to from elevation and visibility of less than 800 metres up to 1000feet which is quite good.

“Our harmattan can be bad but I am sure that for 95 per cent if not 100 per cent of the time with an operable ILS Category 2 system we should be able to get it every time. So come December there should be no reason or no excuse,” he said.

On replication, Akinkuotu added, “Government has tried, we have an order, contracts for 11 ILS, I know there is Lagos, Port Harcourt, Minna, Benin there is Abuja, Kaduna but they are 11 that are going to be installed. They are brand new but don’t forget that we are going to recover some items, Lagos has an ILS and I think Ibadan too is going to get from the new ones so whatever we recover, we will put them at some of the other airports. I would expect that over time when all of the assets are in we should be able to do not less than 18 fields.”

On the means of installation, the NAMA chief executive hailed the dexterity of the agencies’ engineers stating that they have been doing quite a great job over the years even when underappreciated.

“I must say here that it was done by NAMA engineers which sometimes they are not given the kind of recognition they deserve. Contractors tell us that they fixed it but they (NAMA) engineers fixed it and they have done a very good job as we have calibrated it,” Akinkuotu said.

In addition, NAMA as an agency demonstrated its technical prowess when it delivered its statutory obligation throughout the period that Kaduna International Airport was used as alternative to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja for the six-week runway repair period.

Despite all these efforts by the agency, there was recent allegation in some quarters claiming poor Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at the airports.

In their reaction, NAMA maintained that its landing aids were working at optimal level, stressing that the nation’s air navigation service provider has always adhered to the cherished rules and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) which Nigeria is a party to its charter.

According to a statement debunking the claim signed by NAMA’s general manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Olajumoke Adetona, the ILS/DME and VOR/DME in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Bauchi airports were calibrated by South African Flight Calibration Company (FSCL) before the closure of Abuja airport for repairs of the runway recently.

It therefore, stressed that all the facilities presented were certified as operating optimally without restriction and within ICAO specifications.

In the same vein, the airspace manager of Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mr Lawrence Ajayi, refuted the claim that ILS at Runway 18L and 18R were unserviceable.

According to Ajayi, Runway 18R has precision approach lighting system which is one of the best in the industry, while 18L has simple approach lighting system because it is not busy at night, saying that both of them are working at optimal levels.

On the radios, he said radio frequency 127.3mhz has an improved range and is working perfectly just as the radio frequency 124.7 mhz is also in good condition and both of them are on presently.

Also refuting the allegation in the said publication, the director of safety electronics and engineering services, Engr. Farouk Umar, said in aviation, there was nothing like epileptic communication.

“It is either you are communicating or you are not communicating. If this were to be true, international flights would not have been coming into the country. Nigerian airspace is safe for both local and international flights,” he said.

He stressed further that “it is absolutely not true that some areas in the airspace have no communication at all.”

On the issue of ILS, Farouk said all the agency’s ILS were on Category Two, lamenting however that “most of the aircraft in the country do not even have the facilities to fly Cat3 because the aircraft need to be equipped with Cat3 facilities to be able to land in zero visibility, just as pilots themselves need to be trained on Cat3.”

The truth according to Farouk, is that “the ILS we have, you need other facilities at the airport and in the aircraft to complement them while the runway and the airfield lightings are not within the control of NAMA. Our ILS is Cat2 and the visibility minima is 800 meters which is okay.”

While advising journalists to check their facts well before rushing to press,Farouk assured that the Nigerian airspace was as safe as it could be anywhere in the world adding that the relative safety in the nation’s airspace over the last few years was indicative of the fact that NAMA is alive to its responsibilities.

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