Aircraft fails brake, into fence at Lagos airport

An aircraft belonging to Jedidiah Air on Friday crashed into a fence at General Aviation Terminal (GAT), local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The incident happened while the King Air 200 jet with registration number 5N-HIS, was reparking at the tarmac close to a facility used by Bristow Helicopters.

An eyewitness speaking to The Nation said the accident happened due to brake failure.

“The accident happened at the tarmac beside Bristow Helicopter Hanger 3.

However, there was no passenger on board and the pilot sustained no injury.

“The brake of the jet was not functioning at the time which led to the collision of the jet with the fence of Bristow Helicopter hanger,” the eyewitness told The Nation.

Spokesman of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr. Tunji Oketumbi confirmed the incident.

He disclosed that a team of investigators has been dispatched to the scene of the accident to begin investigation.

“They will submit their preliminary report to ascertain the cause of the accident.

COVID-19: Danbatta lists measures to mitigate impact on quality of service delivery

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has listed critical regulatory actions that have been taken by the Commission to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality of service (QoS) delivery by the networks to telecom consumers.

This was contained in a statement signed Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, and made available to DAILY POST on Friday

During the event, Danbatta enumerated the measures while speaking at the first edition of the Virtual Telecom Consumer Parliament (V-TCP) hosted by the Commission in Abuja on Friday, August 21, 2020 with the theme: “Impact of Covid-19 on Telecoms Service Delivery.”

The Telecom Consumer Parliament is NCC’s flagship forum for in-depth engagement with service providers to discuss issues of contemporary interest affecting consumers of telecom services in the country.

Citing an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report, the EVC said with the pandemic, some telecom operators and platforms are reporting demand spike, especially in data usage and volume of calls, as high as 800 per cent since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Regardless of this, Danbatta said the Commission and the mobile network operators needed to play their roles in sustaining quality of service delivery and quality of experience by the consumers, who are critical stakeholders in the telecoms sector.

Danbatta said the NCC, in conjunction with the supervising Ministry developed e-platforms to handle all requests from the licensees to ensure that regulatory services are provided to sustain service delivery to subscribers.

He said the Commission also approved and encouraged resource sharing among network operators and secured Right of Passage (RoP) for all telecommunications companies and suppliers for easy movement during the lockdown. These measures enabled the operators to service their base stations and ensured seamless services for telecom consumers who increasingly relied on the networks during the pandemic.

Danbatta further stated that the NCC, working with the ministry is resolving the problem of high cost of Right of Way (RoW) with the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), adding that, through such engagements, the state governors have lent their support for a robust broadband infrastructure.

“The Commission is hopeful that with the reduction in RoW, which will automatically result in reduction in capital expenditure (CAPEX) by the network operators, telecom companies will sooner than later reciprocate the gesture by making their services more affordable to Nigerians,” he said.

According to Danbatta, regulatory efforts have also resulted in a Presidential approval directing Security Agencies to protect Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and telecom facilities as critical national assets. He said this has helped to safeguard telecom infrastructure for the greater role telecom has to play with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Danbatta has strongly charged the service providers to constantly upgrade and expand their network capacity in order to deliver top-notch QoS to their consumers.

Earlier in a presentation, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Barrister Adeleke Adewolu showed the various Quality of Service (QoS) indicators for the second quarter of the year across the networks and how the consumer Quality of Experience compared with the parameters based on the voice of the consumer survey (VoxPop) conducted by the Commission. Speaking further, the ECSM highlighted the challenges facing operators, which impact negatively on quality of service to include fibre cuts, vandalism and theft of telecommunications site equipment.

A panel session of telecoms operators, who participated virtually in the TCP, was held and moderated by the Director, Consumer Affairs, NCC, Mr. Efosa Idehen. The panel session addressed issues of network capacity upgrade, change in consumer data consumption behavior, implementation of agreed Consumer Complaints and Service Level Agreement (CC/SLA), consumer education as well as general issues around quality of service and quality of experience by the over 192 million telecom consumers in the country.

NBA: Detailed reasons for withdrawing conference invitation to Gov El-Rufai

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has said that the withdrawal of Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s invitation was due to the fact that only three members of its National Executive Committee, NEC, supported the motion to retain him as a speaker at its 60th Annual General Conference (AGC).

DAILY POST had reported that the Association had withdrawn its invitation to the Governor of Kaduna State, Na-sir el-Rufai, following protests from some lawyers.

Following the development, the President of the Association, Paul Usoro in a statement released on Friday said of the three people who supported the motion two were Southerners and the other was a Christian cleric.

He also said that the NBA will remain an association with no religious or ethnic bias.

According to him, he was among the minority which spoke against the withdrawal adding that the decision of the National Executive Council of the association cannot be overruled.

“I have received several messages from our members that have attributed ethnic and religious considerations to the decision.

“That is not correct and is very far from the truth.

I would like to state that neither the NBA nor NEC belong to any religious or ethnic group.

“We are lawyers and professionals dedicated to the ideals, promotion and preservation of the Rule of Law and we belong to one indivisible family of the NBA.

“As I point out in my letter, neither the NBA nor NEC set out to sit in judgment against Mallam el-Rufai and even from that point, the principle of fair hearing does not apply.

“We are one united Nigerian Bar Association with no religious, ethnic bias or predisposition and we will forever remain so,” he said.

As Edited By Knight Fredel

As Compiled By Cyndi Wyndi

All Right Reserved Wonder Planet Newspaper(c)2020

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