ARIK HAS AIRLIFTED 13 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 7 YEARS, SAYS SPOKESMAN
By Ayo Ayeni Lagos
Arik Air has grown to become Nigeria’s largest airline and one of the fastest growing in Africa since commencing flight operations in the country on October 30, 2006.
The airline’s Spokesman Banji Ola in a chat with WESTERN POST said seven years on, Arik has beaten all expectations and has become the largest fleet in Nigeria, West and Central Africa with 25 short, medium and long range aircraft.
He said Arik has airlifted approximately 13million passengers in 7 years of operation.
Arik Air operates close to about 120 daily flights from its two hubs in Lagos and Abuja and serves 20 destinations across Nigeria.
On the issue of not keeping to its schedule, Ola there was no truth in it because to Arik customers, the airline’s service till date is one of the best, adding, however, that the airline has responded to the yearning of its passengers through its customers care service.
MEDVIEW INTRODUCES NEW SERVICES
Medview airline, one of the vibrant airlines in Nigeria, is planning to introduce more services on its regional and international route.
According to the Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, the airline was recently granted permission by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to fly into six regional and international routes.
The routes include Lagos to Accra, Dakar and Liberville as well as Lagos, Abuja, Kano to Jeddah.
Others are Lagos-Dubai and Enugu to Singapore.
Bankole disclosed that Medview has commenced direct flights into Dubai, adding that barely a year since commencing operation, the airline has grown to become a household name in Nigeria air transport market.
He said within a year that Medview airline began operations on the domestic scene, the carrier had flown over 250,000 passengers, airlifting an average of 30,000 passengers monthly.
Medview airline has also introduced services along its regional and international lines.
FAO CONSULTANT GIVES RED ALERT ON FOOD CRISIS, IMPORTED CHEMICALS,SALE OF FRESH FISHES
FROM DEBO DUROWAIYE, OGBOMOSO
An agricultural expert and Consultant to Food And AgriculturalOrganization (FAO), Prof. Julius Olaifa, has warned that unless boththe Federal and State Governments embark on inward-looking
strategies, through the resuscitation of some native agriculturaltechnologies, the country is bound to experience food crisis in the foreseeable future.
Speaking at a workshop in Ogbomoso, Prof, Olaifa recalled that part of the country’s inheritance was communal labour in which things were done in common, as the system was not only cost effective
but highly productive, adding that the system is almost dying andnobody, even the scientists have thought of improving on it.
“Rather, farmers now use migrant labour to farm, which is highlyexploitative. Most farmers are now hungry and also not have enough food to eat, as most of the foods to sustain them are no longer planted.
A typical Yoruba farmer in the past will have yam, cassava, cerealplots, and at the river valley will be cocoyams, interplanted with
cocoa and oil palm.
Now, what most of them have are casava and maize, as hardly can you find any farmer with yam and cocoyam plots.
Prof. Olaifa, whose lecture was titled: “Towards Sustainable Agriculture in the Millennium,” stated that former President Obasanjo-led during his time administration asked farmers to plant cassava in large quantities for industrial
uses, which they did without having the foresight of mixed croppings.
“Today, Obasanjo is no more in power, while the farmers have beenabandoned to their fate, as most of them are now selling at give away
prices because they find it difficult to feed themselves.
Most of the farmers now sell cassava to buy cassava flours. There is no food security again, as they now leave the villages for towns to buy palm oil, pepper and yams. It is as terrible as that”.
The FAO Consultant also lamented that most of the native technologiesfor soil fertility have been neglected, pointing out that in the pastfarmers used to practice fallow system, but which is no longer inexistence, including crop rotation.