CSU: Apologize to Tinubu over academic records humiliation – Keyamo knocks Atiku

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Fetus Keyamo has reacted to President Bola Tinubu’s academic results released by the Chicago State University, CSU.

Keyamo said the 2023 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar should apologize to Tinubu and Nigerians for the humiliation.

In a post on X, the minister described Atiku’s journey to Chicago in a bid to expose Tinubu as fruitless.

According to Keyamo: “From the responses by Chicago State University, ATIKU’s journey to Chicago and back has been a journey to nowhere, a fruitless exercise and an odyssey in self-humiliation. President Tinubu and Nigerians deserve an unreserved apology from him.”

CSU had released the academic records of Tinubu following an order of a Chicago court.

In the result released, CSU confirmed it found three diplomas matching the certificate Tinubu presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after a diligent search.

Atiku obtained victory at the court in his fierce legal battle to probe into the academic qualification of Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll.

Tinubu had supplied certificates from the Chicago State University, CSU, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to secure eligibility to participate in the election.

A United States of America court on Saturday ordered CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records for verification and in support of Atiku’s petition challenging the result of the 2023 presidential poll.

Justice Nancy Maldonado in a judgment dismissed the objection raised by Tinubu against Atiku’s request and expressly ordered that the CSU must submit the academic records to Atiku.

(Daily Post)

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Foreign airlines will be paid their unrepatriated funds – Aviation Minister

The federal government says it is currently working to pay off international airlines whose funds are trapped in the country.

Festus Keyamo, minister of aviation and aerospace development, disclosed this on Thursday, at the closing ceremony of the 7th African Aviation Summit in Abuja.

In June 2023, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said $812.2 million of foreign airlines’ funds are withheld in Nigeria.

Speaking on the issue, Keyamo expressed President Bola Tinubu’s concern, assuring that efforts were being made to ensure that the funds of the foreign airlines were repatriated.

“In fact, it is one of the issues we went to discuss in the UAE,” he said.

“I spoke with the minister of finance and the coordinating minister of the economy and he has given an indication that within the next few weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria will be very clear as to the timeframe or the programme within which these issues will be addressed.

“They will be paid off; these are not loans, they are trapped funds, they are funds that are there, it is only the issue of liquidity that is our problem.”

Keyamo added that liquidity issues are being addressed “as I speak right now”.

“It is something that the president is very concerned about, and that issue, I said that we have addressed it in the UAE and very soon, you will hear from the financial sector,” he said.

‘WE’RE WORKING ON DETAILS FOR RESUMPTION OF EMIRATES, ETIHAD AIRLINES’ FLIGHT OPERATIONS’

The federal government had said Emirates and Etihad Airlines are expected to resume flight operations in Nigeria immediately, after a meeting with the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The development came 10 months after Emirates suspended flight operations to Nigeria over its inability to repatriate its $85 million revenue.

Asked if the airlines would commence work in the next few months, Keyamo said the government is working “on the fine details”.

“We are working the details out. When two countries agree at the very top level, then of course, all the government operatives will begin to work out the tiny details,” the minister said.

“So, we are beginning to work out all the tiny details. I met with Emirate before I left UAE, I met with Etihad before I left UAE and we are working out the details.

“The time frame, we cannot say the time frame. Kicking off an airline operation again on a route, it is not that you will go and grab one empty plane sitting in a place.

“There is no idle plane sitting anywhere, they have to reschedule their flights, restart their routes again, and all kinds of things.”

Keyamo also said he sought reciprocal rights for airlines operating between Nigeria and the UAE, in accordance with the bilateral air services agreements (BASA).

“All kinds of permission will be taken from local authorities and of course, I made the point in speaking with them and I made it clear that they will have to give our airlines reciprocal rights under our BASA,” he said.

Keyamo added that the airlines agreed that “any spot we need, they will give us as much as we give them those spots within Nigeria”.

(Cable)

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Contractors to begin work on Abuja airport second runway – Keyamo

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has announced that the contractors for the construction of the second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja are set to commence work soon.

This was as the minister met with the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, on compensation and relocation of Abuja indigenes, who were affected by the planned construction of a second runway for NAIA.

The minister disclosed this information on his verified X page, previously known as Twitter on Saturday.

According to the minister, it was very necessary for the indigenes to be compensated and relocated before construction works began on the site.

Recall that in 2022, the Federal Government provided 12,000 hectares of land for the development of some aviation projects.

The construction site for the Abuja airport’s second runway was further handed over to the contractor the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Limited.

Other projects that would be executed on the land include the maintenance repair and overhaul centre, aviation leasing company; agro-allied cargo terminals, aerotropolis or airport city, national carrier, Africa Aerospace and Aviation University, and others.

Keyamo noted that he also engaged with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to tackle the issue of Emirates Airline flights to Dubai/UAE, adding that both ministries are working together to resolve this matter as well as the related concern regarding the resumption of Dubai visa issuance to Nigerians.

It reads, “Earlier today, I met my counterparts in the FCT and Foreign Affairs Ministries to jointly resolve issues involving our Ministries.

“The first is to jointly work with the FCT Ministry to resolve the issue of the FCT indigenes who need to be compensated and relocated before the construction of the 2nd runway at the Abuja airport can commence in earnest. The contractors have been mobilised to move to the site.

“The second is to work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to resolve the issue of the resumption of Emirates Airline flights to Dubai/UAE and the related issue of resumption of issuance of Dubai visas to Nigerians. We are presently making progress on these issues.”

(Punch)

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