Captain Nogie Meggison, new chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), has said that safety, protection of customers and the development of the aviation industry are the priorities of the new leadership of the Association.
While giving the assurance, in Lagos, during a media briefing, he also debunked rumours that there was a splinter group in the AON, adding that the body was still intact under his leadership.
Meggison, who is also the chief executive officer of Jed Air, said that the AON under his leadership was going to form a formidable body by bringing all operators under one umbrella to sustain efficient service expected of the sector.
“I attended a meeting of all AON members last Saturday in Kaduna where we discussed the way forward and how to further strengthen it.
“We will be meeting the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) management tomorrow in Abuja to discuss the recently upward review of charges NAMA asked non-scheduled charter operators to be paying,” he said.
Meggison added that his election followed due process, stating that, “There are 26 airline operators s that have Aircraft Operating Certificates (AOC) in Nigeria issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“Twenty out of them attended the AGM, 18 out of them voted for me while two voted against me”.
However, reports filtered in that a splinter association bearing same led by Chairman of Arik Air as the leader, the ex-scribe of Airline Operators of Nigeria, Captain Mohammed Joji elected Secretary General and Ibn N’allah of the House of Representatives elected Publicity Secretary during an election that took place last Saturday in Kaduna.
Commenting on the development, Meggison said there were many associations in the industry and that as far as he was concerned all professional, business and trade associations in the industry belong to same family and working toward the same goal- the development and safety of the industry.
He said though there were some members who were aggrieved on certain issues, but he was striving to meet with some key members in Abuja yesterday evening to have a common front on the proposed meeting today (Tuesday) with the management of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) on the contentious issue of newly introduced charges.
“We airline operators are in business because there are passengers that want to fly. Their safety is of importance to us and so we must promote consumer protection.
“Through that, the passengers will restore confidence in our operations, foreign investors will want to invest in the sector and we will jointly grow the aviation sector”, he said.
“There are 26 airline operators s that have Aircraft Operating Certificates (AOC) in Nigeria issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“20 out of them attended the AGM, 18 out of them voted for me while two voted against”, he said.
When asked why only two positions were filled-that is-chairman and vice chairman, while that of General Secretary, Treasurer, Finance and others not filled, he said members at the meeting decided to defer decisions on the vacant position to a later date but assured that the positions would definitely be filled shortly.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
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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