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    BREAKING NEWS: Aero Contractors Plane Develops Fault Mid Air ENROUTE Abuja




    An Aero Contractors airplane returned to Abuja airport after developing mechanical fault midair on Wednesday.

    The Aero Contractors’ plane, which was headed for Port Harcourt, has returned to Abuja airport after experiencing mechanical problem on Wednesday while in flight.

    ENIGERIA learned that the flight had already departed when the pilot chose to turn around and bring the aircraft back to base because of certain problems.

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    One of the passengers who spoke to our correspondent said, “Good morning , Kindly thank God for my colleague and I from delivering us from what would have been an air mishap on our way to Port-Harcourt.

    “The Aero flight developed a fault in mid air and had to return to Abuja. we have landed safely to the glory of God.”

    Aero Contractors Airline has unveiled a new product dubbed the Pro-Ranger device in an effort to improve on-time performance and speed up passenger boarding procedures.

    At a recent news conference in Lagos, Aero Contractors Airline’s Chika Ubendu, Head of Commercial, and Peter Omata, Head of Ground Operations, made the announcement.

    They asserted that Aero was the first company to bring the Pro-Ranger device to the domestic market, and they added that 31 of these devices had been purchased for Aero’s entire network of routes, along with workers that had been properly educated to use the equipment.

    Speaking on the new device, Omata said, “The Pro-Ranger expedites boarding procedures and once the boarding procedure is enhanced, invariably on-time performance would be efficient and there would be no delays.

    “In a bid to reposition Aero Contractors, we have thought it wise as one of the leading airlines in Nigeria to launch one of the products that would enhance our mode of operations. As you are all aware, one of the cardinal things in aviation is passenger facilitation. we have acquired the mobile Pro-Ranger. It is a device that aids facilitation and it has other functionalities that make the working process seamless and to make passengers enjoy their stay when travelling with aero contractors.”



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    Ogun Set To Host Inaugural Tourism Market Development Conference



    In a bid to spotlight its rich tourism potential, Ogun State is gearing up to host its inaugural Tourism Market Development Conference and the official launch of the Ogun Tour Guide on June 29, 2024.

    Organized by Rockcity Economy Investment Company Limited, the event aims to showcase the state’s tourism treasures to a global audience.

    The Project Coordinator, Aremu Ibigbami in a statement said the conference, themed “Positioning Ogun in the Global Tourism Market: The Role of Stakeholders,” is scheduled to take place at the prestigious June 12 Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta.

    Ibigbami added that the conference promises to be a pivotal gathering of key industry players and enthusiasts dedicated to harnessing the tourism potential of the Gateway State.

    According to him, former Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola, has been selected to deliver the keynote address, bringing his wealth of experience and insights to the forefront of discussions.

    He added that Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, the wife of the Ogun State Governor, will grace the occasion as the Mother of the Day, adding her support to the state’s tourism aspirations.

    Adding regal flair to the event, Oba (Prof.) Saka Matemilola has been designated as the Royal Father of the Day, symbolizing the traditional importance and endorsement of the conference.

    Additionally, Prof. Adegoke Bakare, Head of Hospitality and Tourism at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), will serve as the lead speaker, sharing expertise on strategies to propel Ogun’s tourism onto the global stage.

    The Project Coordinator, expressed excitement about the upcoming event, emphasizing its significance in positioning Ogun State as a premier destination for tourists worldwide.

    He said the launch of the Ogun Tour Guide is poised to provide visitors with comprehensive insights into the state’s diverse attractions, fostering greater exploration and appreciation of its cultural, historical, and natural wonders.

    Akonitv reports that with the support of stakeholders and industry experts, the first Ogun State Tourism Market Development Conference holds the promise of igniting a new era of growth and prosperity in the state’s tourism sector.

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    Nigeria Calls for Collaboration among ECOWAS States to Develop Tourism Sector



    The Nigeria Government has called for a collaboration among the countries of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop the tourism potential of the subregion and place West Africa in prime position to compete with other regions.

    The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Folorunsho Coker, also called for the streamlining of policies on tourism in countries in the subregion while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the meeting of experts and stakeholders of the private tourism industry on the monitoring and evaluation mechanism of ECOTOUR 19-29 and the ECOWAS Tourism Accommodation regulator in Abuja yesterday.

    Coker said: “It’s the season to collaborate not to compete,” adding that: “It’s in the spirit of collaboration that we will grow pan-African tourism.

    “I want to encourage the localisation of policies,” insisting that policies would only be successful when localised.

    Coker said all the regulations in the region should be streamlined into one that will guide activities in the tourism sector across the 15 ECOWAS member states, calling for the training of tourism operators in the region as well as the introduction of technology in tourism.

    He said: “We must embrace technology or it will leave us behind.”

    The Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture of the ECOWAS Commission, Massandjé Toure-Liste, said the meeting drew aspiration from the ECOTOUR 19-29 action plan adopted by the Authority of Heads of State and Government, which was designed to serve as a roadmap for promoting responsible tourism.

    She said: “To this end, our technical meeting today centres around drafting the operational modalities for two critical tools: the ECOTOUR 19-29 monitoring and evaluation mechanism and the ETAR – ECOWAS Tourism Accommodation Regulator.

    “The ECOTOUR 19-29 Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism will involve developing operational guidelines and appointing dedicated members or focal points to oversee its implementation.

    “Simultaneously, for the ECOWAS Tourist Accommodation Regulator (ETAR) we will define the composition and operational modalities in alignment with Regulation C.REG.2/07/23.

    “Our focus on Private Sector Collaboration includes facilitating dialogue among representatives from the private tourism sector and encouraging strategic alignment and collaboration at the regional level.”

    Massandjé, who was represented by the ECOWAS Commission’s Director of Private Sector, Dr. Anthony Elumelu, said: “Additionally, we aim to support private sector players in finalising the process of creating a regional confederation.”

    The meeting is expected to end on May 17, 2024.

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    Ministries, firm to launch $30bn mega eco city, attract 40m tourists to Nigeria



    A firm, Pinnacle Fall Resort Abuja (PFRA), in collaboration with some government ministries is set to develop a $30 billion mega integrated city that will be a destination with the world largest artificial lagoon that will attract over 40 million tourists to Nigeria.

    The city which is planned to be completed in five years will be an economic centre, enhance Medical Tourism, Sports, Leisure, Entertainment Hub, and an Eco City making it the world’s largest Eco-friendly city in the African Continent.

    Speaking at a pre-launch press conference in Abuja, the President and Chief Executive Office, Pinnacle Fall Resort Abuja, Chief Elvis Patrick Ogar Abang, said the Iconic Integrated Mega “City Resort” will be one of the best in the world as it would feature the world’s largest and tallest sports leisure and entertainment city on the Africa Continent, the largest man-made- lagoon in the world, Natural Wildlife Reserve on over 1000 hectares, Africa Heritage Film Village, Olympic Stadium/Village.

    According to him, it would also labour water parks, Presidential Retreat Camp/Library, Man-Made-Water Fall, Helipad, Cable Car Transit Network, Seven Star Hotel, Free Trade Shopping Mall, Luxurious Castles/Villas, Luxurious Condos/Corporate offices,

    “African Heritage Museum and Arts Center, Performing Art Theater, Signature PGA Golf Estate, Formula- 1 Car Racing/MotorGP, Grand Slam Tennis Tour, International Conference Center, Sport City, Eco-City, Medical City, Education City, Entertainment City, NASA Science and Space Resort, and Ski Snow Dome world largest indoor ski slopes ever built.

    “The concept of this project is to build a global and integrated modern entertainment city in the Federal Capital Territory, that will radically change the African Regional map of Economic, Medical Tourism, Sustainable Residential, Sports, Leisure and Entertainment policy,” he said.

    He stated further that the company would be working with Federal Ministries of Sports, Youth, Health, Tourism and Federal Capital Administration on this. Adding that the city will accommodate three million Nigerians.

    On financing, the Director of Finance and Management, Nigeria, Prof. Uyi Akhabua, said the financing would be 40% local investors and 60% international.

    He said the company is not relaying on the government for fund but that the fund for the project is available already and that this has been insured by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

    “We have the money already and it is insured, therefore all investors’ money are safe and secured. There should be no fear of any kind about investment in the project. We are well prepared for it,” he said.

    On the legal aspect, the company’s Attorney, Bar. Jinyeharimiema Eli Abibo, said all legal concerns are being handled with all concern, assuring that no legal issue would put investment in the city at risk.

    The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Eron, who was represented by `…. Said the project comes at no better time than now that the Government is encouraging Public-private partnerships in developing critical infrastructure like sports facilities.

    “As it is enshrined in our National Sports industry Policy (NSIP). The Federal Ministry of Sports Development’s doors are open to woula-be investors in sports infrastructures. We hope it will be a legacy that will stand the test of time for generations.”

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