Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Pilot errors account for about 80 per cent of all aviation accidents in Nigeria, experts in the industry have said.

Some of them, who spoke on Monday at the 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market, a tourism fair held in Lagos, however, stated that stakeholders had also intensified efforts on human capital development.

The President, Sabre Network, Mr. Gbenga Olowo, stated that about 1,312 lives had been lost in 10 accidents over 48 years in the country and that pilot errors accounted for 80 per cent of the incidents, while maintenance and weather accounted for the remainder.

Olowo, who is also the President, Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, said the situation had improved in the last one year, because there had been implementation of safety management system and more funds had been set aside for maintenance with dedicated accounts.


According to him, the country has not recorded any accident in commercial aviation since 2016 because airlines have become more responsible for safety and human capital development.

He explained, “In the past five years, the International Air Transport Association, through its Operational Safety Audit, has made its members to be principally responsible for safety and not necessarily the regulators.

“Member airlines strive for safety and also go the extra mile for audit by other jurisdictions outside their own registration; for example, the European Aviation Safety Agency certification in addition to that of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

“Operators are also successfully moving to newer and younger fleets with lower operational and maintenance costs, and making available funds at low costs through financial institutions.”

Olowo added that there had also been more economic lease and lesser purchase conditions from aircraft suppliers, as well as continuous advocacy for improved aviation infrastructure, acceleration of the International Civil Aviation Organisation safety related standards and recommended practices.

The Country Manager, British Airways, Mr. Kola Olayinka, who congratulated Nigeria for an accident-free 2016, said airlines should maintain the record by applying the rules and investing more in staff training.

The Head, Public Relations, Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, said the NCAA had been an effective regulator.

“Airlines have a tendency to cut corners but it is the responsibility of the NCAA to ensure that proper checks are carried out on the airlines, especially on aircraft maintenance and pilot certification,” he said.

According to him, reports from the AIB have also reduced accidents and influenced safety decision implementation on the part of airlines, regulators and other service providers



3 of the late Charlie Chaplin’s heart-touching statements:-,

(1) Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles.

(2) I like walking in the rain, because nobody can see my tears.

(3) The most wasted day in life is the day in which I have not laughed.

Keep smiling 😄😃😄
An old man has 8 hairs on his head. He went to the barber shop.
The barber in anger asked: shall I cut or count?

The old man smiled and said: “Colour them”

LIFE is to enjoy with whatever you have so keep smiling

If you feel STRESSED,
give yourself A Break.

Enjoy Some..
Ice cream, Chocolate
Candy, Cake

Why? beause

STRESSED spelled backwards
is DESSERTS …enjoy

Alphabetical advice for us:

Avoid Boring Company..

Don’t Entertain Fools..

Go for High Ideas .

Just Keep a friend like ME..

Never Overlook the Poor and suffering..

Quit Reacting to Silly tales..

Tune Urself for your Victory..

We Xpect You to Zoom ahead in life

Very ….beautiful lines please store it.

ONE Good FRIEND is equal to ONE Good Medicine.

Six Best Doctors 👷in the World-
1. Sunlight☀
2. Rest😴
3. Exercise🚵🏊
5.Self Confidence😇
Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy🎊 healthy life.

If you see the moon ….. You see the beauty of God …..
If you see the Sun ….. You see the power of God ….. And ….
If you see the Mirror. You see the best Creation of GOD .

So Believe in YOURSELF. We all are tourists and God is our travel agent who has already fixed all our Routes, Reservations and Destinations based on our personal choices.
So, Trust Him and Enjoy the “Trip” called LIFE…

This Life, will never come again. .. .Live Today. . .
You will put a smile on someone’s face if you decide to send this to them. I hope you do, I did 💯👍


Again, Customs seizes 1,100 Pump Action rifles concealed in container

Again, Customs seizes 1,100 Pump Action rifles concealed in container

The Nigerian Customs Service has again uncovered 1,100 Pump Action rifles concealed in a 20 foot container smuggled into the country.

The operatives of Tin-Can Island Command, Lagos, who made the discovery, claimed that the weapons may have been brought in from Turkey. It explained that they were concealed inside a container which Bill of Laden indicated was conveying wash hand basins.

Controller General of Customs, Col. Ahmeed Alli, who made this disclosure when he briefed newsmen on the development on Monday, said that a Customs officer who allegedly cut the seal of the container without following due process and a clerk at the command had already been arrested in connection with the discovery.

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NCS had in January this year seized a truck carrying a container of 49 boxes containing 661 Ak 47 rifles in Lagos.

It had also later in May, intercepted 440 pieces of riffles at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.


RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears



Pope Francis injured in Colombia

Pope Francis injured in Colombia

The itinerary of Pope Francis was briefly halted after he reportedly injured himself while traveling to Cartagena, Colombia, when he hit his head against the vehicle (popemobile) in which he was traveling.

A spokesman for the pope confirmed the injuries, which were captured on video, saying he has a wound on his cheekbone and eyebrow but is “fine.” He is receiving “ice treatment,” the spokesman added.

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Reports say the incident happened after the pope appeared to be leaning outside a glass panel in front of him when the vehicle stopped and his face made contact with the barrier.

The incident occurred while Francis, 80, was traveling in the popemobile, a customized vehicle outfitted with bulletproof glass designed to protect the pope while he greets crowds.


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