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Akwa Ibom Wants Modular Refinery for Aviation Fuel

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Modular Refinery for Aviation Fuel

By Adedapo Adesanya

As part of continued efforts to get an increased share of Nigeria’s oil and gas revenue, the Akwa Ibom State Government has sought for a partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited for the refining of aviation fuel in the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made a request for a license from NNPC Limited for the establishment of a modular refinery for aviation fuel to service the state’s growing aviation industry and the country at large.

Mr Udom said the request was imperative as the state was currently constructing an international airport with a smart airport terminal, which when completed would make the state a major aviation gateway.

Speaking while playing host to the management of NNPC Upstream, led by the Group Executive Director, Mr Adokiye Tombomieye, recently, the Governor decried that despite having the largest crude oil and gas reserve in the country, Akwa Ibom State lacks significant oil and gas presence.

He maintained that in line with his administration’s industralisation drive, the state cannot wait for the license for a big, conventional refinery but a modular refinery just for aviation fuel.

“We are looking at all the gateways that can promote tourism and development and we need the support of NNPC and everybody including product marketers. Right now, we are building the smartest terminal building in Africa that will process one million passengers every year.

“We need a depot there for aviation fuel we might not wait for a big refinery, just license for a modular refinery. We don’t have a single presence of the oil and gas in Akwa Ibom,” the Governor disclosed.

Business Post had earlier reported that the Governor also appealed to NNPC to relocate the corporate headquarters of some of its subsidiaries to occupy a smart office accommodation at the Dakkada Towers in the state.

“We are appealing to NNPC to relocate the headquarters of some of its subsidiaries to occupy the smart office accommodation at the Dakkada Towers. Four floors are there for the entire group, NUPRC, NAPIMS, NNPC,” he had said.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Spread of Jetties Across Lagos Will Boost Economic Activities—Commissioner

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Hamed Kabiru Abdullahi, has disclosed that the spread of jetties across the state will boost the economic activities of the aquatic state.

Mr Abdullahi made this disclosure during an inspection tour of the ongoing VIP Chalet Jetty project in Badagry.

The inspection exercise was conducted at the newly constructed Liverpool, Ijegun-Egba and Badagry jetties as well as on-going projects at Ilado, Ilashe, Mile 2, Tarkwa Bay, Ebute Ero, Oke Era Nla and Ijede.

“The spread of these jetties across the length and breadth of Lagos State, when completed, will birth a landmark achievement of effective water transportation that will open up the riverine communities in Lagos State and impact positively on economic activities as well as the well-being of residents. We are doing everything to achieve this vision,” the Commissioner stated.

He used the occasion to warned that the state government will not hesitate to terminate the contract of any ongoing jetty construction project not done to specification or contract duration.

The Commissioner expressed displeasure at the shoddy job and slow pace of work by the contractor, warning that the state government will revoke the contract and blacklist any non-performing contractor that tends to derail its plans of upgrading and providing safe, modern and easy water transportation for the citizens of the state.

Mr Abdullahi further urged the contractors working for the Ministry to buckle up and deliver quality projects that will stand the test of time and deliver value to residents of the metropolis.

While commending the contractors who have completed their projects on time, the Commissioner informed that completed jetties would soon be commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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FAAN Boosts Security at MMIA Car Park Facility

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By Adedapo Adesanya

To further ensure safety and avoid unforeseen circumstances, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security at the car park facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

This was disclosed by the agency in a statement issued on Wednesday by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.

The agency noted that contrary to social media reports, the car park managed by Messrs Seymour Nigeria Limited is safe for travellers and vehicles.

“With respect to a story making the rounds on social media and other traditional media on the above subject, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) wishes to state that the car park facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, being managed by Messrs Seymour Nigeria Limited is safe for travellers and vehicles, as additional security measures have been put in place to forestall the re-occurrence of such act,” the statement read.

“The unfortunate incident, which has been thoroughly reviewed and addressed, is an isolated case in the history of the management of the facility.

“While we have reached out to the victim of the incident, we will like to assure our esteemed customers that the airport, as well as its parking facility, is safe and secure,” it added.

FAAN is a service organization statutorily charged to manage all commercial airports in Nigeria and provide service to both passenger and cargo airlines.

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Wakanow Fetes Customers, Promises Optimal Service

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

On December 16, 2021, customers of Wakanow were hosted at an exclusive dinner at the 788 on the Sea Restaurant, Twin Waters, Lekki, Lagos.

It was the first time such an event was taking place and it provided an opportunity for the company to express its gratitude to customers and seek more support from them.

“This event is part of the company’s effort to strengthen relationships with existing customers and show appreciation for their long-term partnership with Wakanow.

“We are grateful to all our partners and staff for making the year an eventful one. With over a decade in the industry, the company has been able to grow a set of loyal customers who have made the brand stand tall in the aviation industry,” the CEO of Wakanow, Mr Bayo Adedeji, said at the event, which brought together customers, travel enthusiasts, and airline partners across the aviation industry.

“We want to use this opportunity to thank everyone that has come a long way with us and reaffirm our commitment to giving more value to our customers and partners.

“All our customers have shown commitment based on the trust they repose in our services within the travel industry. I will like to also appreciate all members of staff who have continued to delight our customers. There can be no Wakanow without you,” Mr Adedeji added.

The CEO said looking into the future, the company will transform into a travel-tech company that will provide technological solutions for the industry.

“This is another way of ensuring that customers get optimal service from us and we keep winning in the industry across the globe. We will also open new offices across the country so that we become more accessible for our customers,” he further said.

At the event, customers were rewarded with various gifts, with some of the winners getting tickets to any destination of choice.

Opeyemi Bada won Turkish Airlines ticket; Elijah Obafemi Nakpodia won Air France KLM ticket; Omotayo Saba won Air Cote D’Ivoire ticket; Adedeji Ashiru won Lufthansa ticket; Abiodun Adegoke and Kogbe Oluwafisayomi won Kenya Airways tickets respectively.

Others who were also rewarded included the highest-selling affiliate- Ifeanyi Nwankwo of Captains Travel Agency with a Business Class Ticket to anywhere in the world; top 2 customers- Adewunmi Ogunsanya and Bright Afiwerie with Business Class tickets; Philip Osadebe got an all-expense-paid trip to Egypt and Wonuola Olatunde Lamidi won a United Airlines flight ticket to the United States of America amongst many other rewards.

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