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FAAN Sensitizes Workers, Deploys Shuttle Buses @ MMIA

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The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) recently conducted a fire simulation and prevention exercise for the FAAN workers and other stakeholders operating at the Domestic Terminal 1 of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, to prepare them for fire emergencies at the airport.

 Similarly, transportation between the local and international terminal of Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos, recently received a boost with the deployment of four shuttle bus to ply the route by FAAN in partnership with Skyplus Contracts and Logistic Limited.

The fire simulation and prevention exercise which was led by Mrs. Dorothy Egwu, the terminal’s fire officer, was also designed to ensure that fire safety standards are regularly maintained within the terminal.

Egwu emphasized that fire safety was based on the principle of keeping fuel sources and ignition sources separate.

She said that oxygen, heat and fuel, which are combustive materials, work together to produce the chemical reaction that result in fire and stressed that the three components must be removed for fire to be extinguished.

She explained that the three common types of fire extinguishers were water, carbon dioxide and dry chemical powder extinguishers, adding that fire had four categories namely category A, which is for solids that are not metals e.g. paper and wood.

“This category” she said “could be extinguished with air pressurized water and dry chemical powder. Category B, fire is for flammable liquids such as gasoline while category C is for energized electrical equipment. These two groups, she said could be extinguished with carbon dioxide and dry chemical powder. Category D fire which is for metals such as potassium and aluminium, she said, required special extinguishing agent”.

While demonstrating how to use the fire extinguisher, Mrs. Egwu enjoined all participants to remember the acronym PASS which means – Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the top handle, Sweep from side to side until the fire is completely out.

Mrs. Dorothy Egwu advised that in the event of a fire, people should leave the building through the nearest exit and assist any person in immediate danger to safety without risking their own lives.

Furthermore, Mr. Yakubu Dati, coordinating general manager (Aviation Parastatals), also said that the 30-seater shuttle buses were deployed by FAAN in partnership with Skyplus Contracts and Logistic Limited.

Dati quoted Mr. Tayo Adewakun, FAAN’s general manager commercial, who unveiled the buses on September 1, 2014, at the car park of MMA’s Domestic Terminal 1, saying the deployment of the vehicles was not to compete with regular car hire operators but to ease the movement of transit passengers from domestic to international terminals and vice versa.

Accompanied by other commercial staff of the Authority, Adewakun disclosed that the buses would pick passengers from DT1 and drop them at MM2 and international wing without stopping on the road.

He added that the shuttle bus would not pick any passenger on the road but at DT1 and MMIA. The buses would only drop passengers at MM2.

Speaking during the launching of the shuttle bus, Mrs Shobayo, managing director of Skyplus Contract and Logistics, said she was motivated into partnering with FAAN because of her experience as a frequent flyer.

Shobayo noted that the deployment of the shuttle buses would bridge the gap between the local and international airport terminals, adding that getting a drop for passengers on transit was always risky.

She commended FAAN’s management for the accelerated approval given to her company for the shuttle service.

The shuttle buses are fully air-conditioned with enough room legs for the comfort of passengers. They also have luggage compartments where passengers’ luggage could be accommodated.


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

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Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.

Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.

Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.

Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.

Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.

The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.

Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”

Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.

The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.

On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”

 

 


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Risk Assets Push Higher on Vaccine Hopes; Eyes on the Fed

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By Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM,

After two consecutive weeks of back-to-back declines, global stocks kicked off Monday with solid gains amid a surge in M&A activity and positive signs towards vaccine developments. Currency markets were little changed ahead of a busy week of monetary policy announcements, while Oil and Gold ticked slightly higher.

The two big deals announced over the weekend were Softbank’s plan to sell chipmaker ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion and Gilead Sciences to acquire Immunomedics for a price tag of $21 billion. Meanwhile, on the vaccine front, AstraZeneca resumed its phase-3 trial on Covid-19 after being suspended last week following a neurological illness developed in one participant, and Pfizer announced that its vaccine could be distributed before year-end if found safe and effective.

 

Central Banks will take centre stage this week with the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Japan all due to announce policy decisions. Out of the three meetings, the Fed is likely to be the most watched following its historic shift towards average inflation targeting. The big question remains how will the FOMC put this policy into action?

 

From what we know now, the Fed is set up to keep interest rates near zero for a long time, possibly for several years. Given the new framework, any spike in inflation won’t translate into immediate rate hikes as the Fed wants to compensate for the lost years when they have failed to hit the target. The dot plot will be the key guide for investors and traders alike. If inflation projections remain at 2% or below for the foreseeable future, this will solidify market expectations for a low rate environment for many years to come. That said, Jay Powell would still have to explain in more detail how the new framework will be translated into policy action.

 

In June’s economic projections, the Fed anticipated unemployment would be at 9.3% by year-end, but, in August, unemployment was well below that forecast at 8.4%. Many other economic data surprised to the upside during the June – August period in a clear sign that most economists were overly pessimistic towards the strength of the recovery. However, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty given the latest surge in Covid-19 cases worldwide and the US, especially as we get closer into the winter season. A second wave will undoubtedly put the recovery at risk in the final quarter of the year and it will be interesting to see the Fed’s view on that issue.

 

As for the market selloff over the past two weeks, the Fed isn’t likely to show any signs of concern. In fact, policymakers should be satisfied with the pullback as the risk of a bubble in several assets has been growing due to the Fed’s extremely accommodative policies. Unless we see another 10 -15% drop, do not expect the Fed to intervene.


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