AIB release Max Air, Azman Air & Police aircraft crashes

By Favour Nnabugwu
Nigeria Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, yesterday released  three final accident reports  involving Max Air, Azman Air and the Nigeria Police aircraft.

The reports were released by AIB Commissioner, Engineer Akin Olateru at the bureau headquarters in Abuja. According to Olateru, the bureau has proffered seven safety recommendations on the Max Air accident. He explained that the aircraft with registration marks 5N-DBK, Flight NGL2092 departed King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (OEJN) with returning Hajj pilgrims bound for Minna Airport, Nigeria, (DNMN).

” The aircraft touched down on the right of the centreline of RWY 05 with the left main wheels first and the number one engine nacelle impacted the runway and was dragged along the runway centreline.”

“AIB identified excessive rudder and aileron inputs at short finals phase of the approach as causal factors while decision to continue the ILS approach runway 05 with erratic localizer signals and an un-stabilized approach with a no go-around decision as contributory factors.,” the bureau revealed.

On the Azman Air flight which got Seven (7) Safety recommendations, and one immediate recommendation directed to the NCAA, the AIB revealed that the ” casual factor was a result of failure of number 4 and 5 bearings of engine number 2 leading to loss of power during approach of the aircraft”.

Contributory factors according to the AIB include, ” failure to recognise the abnormal engine conditions (surge) during cruise phase and hence, not making appropriate decision. This might have been connected to the insufficient technical knowledge and loss of situational awareness.”

“Other are non implementation of the Flight Data Monitoring programme in accordance with of Azman Air Safety Management System Manual, non rectification of the number two engine vibration anomalies recorded over a period of 8 months, inadequate regulatory oversight of the Azman Air Safety Management System”.

On the Cessna Citation 560 XLS+ aircraft with registration marks 5N-HAR operated by the Nigeria Police (NP) five (5) safety recommendations were prescribed.

“The causal factor for the crash which had six(6)passengers on board was uncoordinated flight as a result of inadequate Crew Resource Management (CRM) that led to the partial release of parking brake, which resulted in rejected take-off while the contributory factors were the inability of the aircraft to get airborne after attaining the rotation speed (Vr)during take-off roll even with aft elevator pressure.”

“The other was non-adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as contained in the Cessna Citation 560 XLS+ Airplane Flight Manual,” the AIB Commissioner revealed.

Ethiopian Airlines adds five 777s to Boeing fleet

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ETHIOPIAN Airlines and longstanding partner, Boeing Inc. today announced the carrier is further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said ”The addition of these five B777 Frieghters into our cargo fleet will enable us to meet the growing demand in our cargo operation. While cementing our partnership with the Boeing Company with new orders, the growth of our freighter fleet takes the capacity and efficiency of our shipment service to the next level. We always strive to serve our customers with the latest technology aircraft the aviation industry could offer.

“Our Africa’s largest cargo terminal coupled with fuel efficient freighters and well trained cargo handling professionals will enable our customers get the best quality shipment service. Customers can rely on Ethiopian for wide-ranging cargo services across five continents.”

Boeing’s market-leading 777 Freighter is the world’s largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter currently flying with 17% lower fuel use and emissions compared to prior airplanes. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet of nine 777 freighters, utilizing the range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and maximum structural payload of 107 tonnes (235,900 lb) to connect Africa with 66 dedicated cargo centers throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services covers 127 international destinations around the world with both belly hold capacity and dedicated freighter services.

“We value the trust that Ethiopian Airlines places in the 777 Freighter to support their cargo ambitions which will provide them with increased capability and flexibility to their operations,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Additional 777 Freighters will enable Ethiopian to capitalize on near-term cargo demand, while positioning the airline for further expansion in the future.”

In early March 2022, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines also announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent to purchase five 777-8 Freighters, the industry’s newest, most capable and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter. Ethiopian Airlines also operates three 737-800 converted freighters, as well as a combined passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets including 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s

Naicom sets up committee on AfCFTA, makes Ekeoma Ezeibe Chairman

By Favour Nnabugwu
The National Insurance Commission, NAICOM has set up a committee to overseas to exploit the benefits of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
The Commissioner For Insurance, CFI Sunday Olorundare Thomas who inaugurated the insurance industry committee on AfCFTA today made Mrs. Ekeoma Esther Ezeibe representing the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB as Chairman of the committee while Mr. Lanre Ojuola, from the Nigerian Insurers Association, NIA, is the Secretary.
Other members of the committee include:  Tunde Hassan-Odukale, Mrs. Funmi Ọmọ, and Mrs. Yetunde Ilori are representing the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Mr. Shola Ajibade (representative of Professional Reinsurers Association of Nigeria (PRAN), while Mr. Sina Elusakin, Mr. Eric Omozejele, Mrs. Bimbo Onakomaiya are representing Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB).
Other members are: Bola Temowo, Pst. Ikechukwu Udobi, Chief Lebi Omoboyowa are representing Institute of Loss Adjusters of Nigeria (ILAN) and Mr. Usman Jankara, Mr. Taiwo Adeoye, Mr. Ahmed Metteden are representing NAICOM.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility to engage or liaise with relevant bodies and agencies such as the National Action Committee on AfCFTA, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations on implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement and any such body. Lead bilateral negotiations with any interested State Party regarding the Nigerian insurance sector.
Besides, they are expected to regularly consult with relevant stakeholders to ensure that positions or views canvassed are reflective of the interest of the Nigerian insurance industry.
Members of the committee are further mandated to attend relevant meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc and articulate the Nigerian insurance industry’s views on AfCFTA, while equally submitting regular updates/reports regarding developments on AfCFTA and activities of the Committee to NAICOM.
They are also required to develop and ensure implementation of measures to ensure that the industry effectively exploits the benefits of AfCFTA, as well as develop and ensure implementation of measures to protect the Nigerian insurance industry from being negatively impacted by AfCFTA.
It will be recalled that AfCFTA was signed by 44 members of the African Union in 2018, to create a single market, deepening the economic integration of the continent, establish a liberalised market through multiple rounds of negotiations, aid the movement of capital and people, facilitating investment, among others.
The NAICOM boss said the terms of reference of the Committee include: To coordinate and articulate the Nigerian insurance industry’s response to the AfCFTA Agreement and its implementation.
This is in furtherance of the insurance operators’ resolve to ensure that they do not only respond appropriately to developments in the larger society, but to also ensure that the insurance operators are united in their responses to these developments.
Nigeria Immigration passes out 548 Cadets from Training School in Kano

By Favour Nnabugwu



Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) has passed out a total of 548 Cadets from the Immigration Training School in Kano

The Cadets after a six-month period of physical drills and academic training.made  up of 132 females and 416 males got enlisted into the Service in August last year and were mobilized to the School for the mandatory training for Cadets sometime in November 2021.

Speaking at the Passing out Parade (POP) ceremony, the Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola advised the Cadets to chart a career path of honour, integrity and dignity as they begin a significant aspect of their lives noting that those virtues are indispensable especially in any regimented environment such as NIS.

He stated that one of the main reasons for their enlistment is for them to make useful contributions to the nation’s border security efforts.

The minister maintained that “without secure borders, no security measure can work because external criminal-minded persons can infiltrate the country and escape at will, if the borders are not well secured”.

He therefore, enjoined the Cadets to utilize the energy and enterprising spirit of the youths to make useful contributions into the ongoing reform efforts in the Service and should regularly strive never to let down the Service that has giving them the opportunity to serve.

The Minister was the Parade Reviewing Officer was represented by a Commissioner at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Maj. Gen. (rtd) Emmanuel E Bassey.

He maintained that NIS as an institution has consistently placed high premium and investments on staff training and retraining efforts.

“Our job is high-tech driven; we have highly sophisticated local and international publics to attend to and today’s dynamic world environment demands that Personnel of the Service must be nothing but top-notched professionals who should regularly demonstrate uncommon expertise in the ICT controlled world environment”, he noted.

The acting Comptroller General thanked the Federal government for the enormous support to the Service’s eBorder project and noted that the deployment of ICT solutions to complement border patrol efforts remains very critical to safe and secure border arrangements for the country. He reiterated the Service’s commitment to enabling an enhanced Border security and effective migration management structure and called on the graduates to bring out the benefits of their training in the school to impact meaningfully in their field operations. He assured of adequate rewards for good performances as well as appropriate sanctions for those that would do the contrary.

Earlier, the Commandant of the School, CIS Rano Sabo had stated that throughout the six months training programme the Cadets have distinguished themselves worthy in characters and conducts and so should be commissioned and admitted into the Officers’ cadre of the Service.