Unease over ‘stolen’ jets at Lagos airport
Two Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft formerly used by Topbrass Aviation Services Limited, a local operator, have been allegedly stolen in Lagos. The airplanes (registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC) have been the focus of a legal tussle between the lessor, Seagold Investment Limited, and Topbrass Aviation Services. Some interested parties from the presidency, however, acquired the aircraft contrary to the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Findings by The Guardian revealed that the planes have been removed from their lots at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA). They have now stationed at the Aero Contractors’ Maintenance and Overhaul (AMO) hanger but with registration numbers already wiped off. Further investigations revealed that the jets are set for maintenance to enable them to fly out of Lagos to an undisclosed location.
Apparently not unaware of the development, the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday served a Contempt of Court order on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), NCAA boss, Capt. Muktar Usman, Aero Contractors, its Managing Director Capt. Ado Sanusi and a pilot in the presidential fleet, Capt. Baba Mohammed.
But stakeholders are worried about the development. They noted that the alleged failure to protect investors’ interest and uphold the rule of law is yet another low point in the integrity rating of the current government and a red flag, which prospective foreign investors in the new national carrier would not ignore.
The Guardian learned that the two 50-seater airplanes, manufactured in 2004, came into the operations of Seagold in 2005. The company ran the offshore operations of Chevron in Angola, while Topbrass operated for Chevron in Nigeria. In 2011, both companies, orchestrated by Chevron, signed a finance purchase agreement for the two aircraft, for which Topbrass paid $12 million in a 30-month lease tenure, towards fully acquiring the jets.
The Chief Executive Officer of Topbrass, Capt. Roland Iyayi, said his company kept to the terms of the agreement but the lessor later failed at execution. Because of this and coupled with Chevron’s alleged desire to repossess the assets for transfer to Aero Contractors on a five-year lease, Topbrass parked both airplanes, declared a dispute with Chevron Nigeria, and approached the court for redress in 2015. Read more here
At first glance, this looks like a headline generated to ensure clicks but if you read further you will find that its more of a clever use of words. This obvious misunderstanding by both parties involved resulted in the movement of said aircraft. This issue will be ultimately be settled in court. Stay tuned guys it will definitely get interesting
Nigerians in Ghana to Celebrate Igbo Cultural Festival
Nigerians of the Igbo extraction in Ghana will on September 22, 2018, celebrate this year’s Igbo Day and New Yam Festival. The event theme is, ‘Celebrating Igbo culture in the diaspora’. This year’s programme which will come off at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park will also congregate hundreds of cultural troupe from Nigeria and Ghana.
The grand event is expected to congregate all Igbos in Ghana under one umbrella to celebrate their culture while affirming commitments towards working and contributing to Ghana’s development.
Speaking of the upcoming celebrations, Eze Ndi Igbo Ghana, HRM Eze Dr. Amb. Chukwudi Ihenetu said the event will further deepen the cordial relationship between Ghana and Nigeria and will contribute to the long-lasting existing peace between these two great nations.
“As hardworking as we the Igbos are noted for, this festival will also bring businessmen and investors from Nigeria to look for opportunities for further investments in Ghana. We already have thousands of Nigerians working in Ghana and creating employment for others and we hope to do more” Eze Ndi Igbo said.
The upcoming celebration will bring together a number of important dignitaries who have contributed immensely to societal growth and development in their respective position as leaders.
The dignitaries to grace the occasion include, H.E John Agyekum Kufuor, Former President of Ghana, H.E Flt. Lit. JJ Rawlings, Former President of Ghana, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin, Togbe Afede XIV, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona, Osu Mantse, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, and Hon. Catherine Afeku, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism.
Dignitaries from Nigeria include HRM Igwe Nnaemekaa Achebe, HRH, Alhaji Yahya Abubakar, HRH Ozo Obi Augustine Nnigwe, HRH Dr. Douglas Okwarachukwu IV, HRM Igwe Dr. Nkeli N. Kelly, HRH Dr. Appolus Chu, Dr. John Nwodo Jnr. H.E Mrs. Folashade Tinu-Ojo, Chief Dr. Sherron Parrish and several others. Read more here
It is very important that Nigerians or descendants of Nigeria in Diaspora should celebrate festivals that have characterized and define our cultures. This serves as a cultural bridge to close the knowledge gap between its citizens and every other tourist interested in the festival.