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Safety violation: Air Peace reacts to UK regulator’s claim, says NCAA approved electronic flight bag

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Air Peace, Nigeria’s flag carrier, has reacted to the allegation of ‘violating’ safety measures in the United Kingdom (UK).

The airline, in a statement on Monday, said its operations have been under intense scrutiny by the relevant authorities since its inaugural flight to London.

In a report titled ‘Ramp Inspection,’ and dated April 7, the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) raised concerns over Air Peace’s compliance with some safety regulations in the UK.

UK aviation authority said findings showed Air Peace was using electronic flight bag (EFB) functions without operational approval.

However, the airline described the report as false, adding that approval was obtained from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“Our attention has been drawn to media reports alleging a safety breach by Air Peace in the United Kingdom, which contain a lot of falsehood aimed at creating fears and doubts in the minds of the flying public,” Air Peace said.

“From the commencement of our inaugural flight to London, our operations have been subjected to intense scrutiny by the relevant authorities, which we most welcome as we pride ourselves in our continued pursuit of operational excellence and unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our esteemed passengers.

“We can confirm that the UK Civil Aviation Authority wrote to Air Peace, after their statutory Ramp Inspection on April 7, 2024, to request clarification on our use of the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and some other concerns. We provided the necessary information, and the matter was resolved without any issues.

“It is, therefore, wrong to say we do not have approval for our EFB. Air Peace received approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and all our Boeing 777 aircraft are certified to operate with EFBs.”

‘WE ENSURE ALL OUR B777 AIRCRAFT HAVE IPAD MOUNTS’

Responding to the claim that the B777 aircraft lacked iPad mounts and charging ports in the flight deck, Air Peace said this is incorrect.

“All B777 aircraft are equipped with charging ports in the cockpit, and we ensure that all our B777 aircraft have iPad mounts,” the airline said.

“Another issue raised by the UK CAA was the location of our cockpit library on the B777. The B777 designates two locations for storing manuals and books: one behind the captain and one under the jumpseat.

“During the inspection, the books were stored under the jumpseat, as it is commonly practised. We understand the inspector’s preference for the books to be placed behind the captain and have ensured this preference is accommodated for all operations going forward.

“There was also a concern about the captain’s choice of runway exit after landing. Instead of exiting at the middle runway exit, the captain, out of his professional discretion, opted to exit at the end of the runway.

“This may have delayed the arrival of another aircraft. We acknowledge this deviation and have addressed the matter with the captain to ensure adherence to preferred exit procedures in the future.

“Ramp Inspection is a normal procedure carried out by aviation authorities globally, and the UKCAA did the right thing by notifying the NCAA of the outcome of their inspection.

“However, we are shocked to see several media publications with exaggerated and sensationalised accounts of this matter that were closed with the authorities over a month ago.”

Air Peace said its safety record is second to none, adding that it complies with all established safety standards.

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First Bank confirms Alebiosu as CEO, Ini Ebong as deputy MD

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First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Limited has confirmed the appointment of Olusegun Alebiosu as its substantive managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO).

In a statement filed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Wednesday, FBN Holdings, the parent company of the lender, said Alebiosu’s appointment was subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He has been serving as the acting managing director of First Bank since April 22.

Alebiosu’s appointment followed the resignation of Adesola Adeduntan, who still had eight months before his contract ended.

FBN Holdings also announced the appointment of Ini Ebong as the deputy managing director (DMD).

Ebong was the bank’s executive director in charge of treasury and international banking from January 2022.

“Before joining FirstBank, he was the head of African Fixed Income and Local Markets Trading, Renaissance Securities Nigeria Limited, the Nigerian registered subsidiary of Renaissance Capital,” FBN Holdings said.

“He also worked with Citigroup for 14 years as Country Treasurer and Sales and Business Head.

“Ini has a passion for market development and has worked actively to drive change and internationalisation of the Nigerian financial markets: foreign exchange, fixed income and securities.

“He has worked closely with regulatory bodies such as the CBN and DMO in assisting with the development of fresh monetary and foreign exchange policies.”

Also, FBN Holdings said Omotunde Alao-Olaifa, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Leadway Holdings, has been appointed as a non-executive director.

Alao-Olaifa is also on the boards of C&I Leasing Pic and Leadway Pensure PFA.

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Tapswap adjourns token allocation date indefinitely

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A popular tap-2-earn app, Tapswap, powered by TON Blockchain, has said the token allocation to users has been indefinitely postponed as the representatives are seeking the best ways to reward the tap-to-earn gamers.

This was disclosed by a Head of Communications, Tapswap, John Robbin, on an X space on Wednesday.

The app, which required users to repeatedly tap the icon in the centre of the Telegram Tapswap bot screen to mine coins, recently gained momentum among Nigerians tapping on their phone screens in pursuit of financial earnings and has amassed over 50 million users since it launched on February 15, 2024.

According to him, the method of token allocation has not yet been ascertained, stressing that the processes cannot be communicated before the allocation.

“The token launch was postponed until July 1. The new date will be communicated.

“We will allocate a significant part of the tokens to the community to retain the tappers. We want you all to be part of the tapswap community.

“We need a token airdrop to be a win-win for all of us. We have started communicating with many exchanges and platforms,” Robbin said.

The app’s communication head also noted that those using the mechanism to farm taps and abuse the game would be banned by running checks from the community members while seeking genuine tappers’ patience.

Speaking on the mining processes, he said, “Just open the app and tap on it; that will give you shares. The more you tap and the more upgrades you do, the more shares you will have when we finalize the tokens on it.

“The more tokens you want to have, the more tapping you have to do.”

On the booster option, which has already ended, the representative said it was not something new, adding, “We have room exponentially faster than we thought, and then to develop the game plan further, we introduced a paid feature to make their capital, but it was not mandated on the users.

“We introduced the limited x2 donation because the new influx of users kept coming in, and we needed them to make something out of it and get a fair allocation at TGE.

“It was a platform that allowed people who joined recently to compete with people who started earlier. It is gone for now, but we are looking forward to using the money we earned from it to improve the game in the future.

“It is all going to our 25 staffers working around the clock to sustain the app. We want to be here for a very long time.”

He also urged people to continue joining the tapping app as there’s time for them to get an appreciable token.

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Naira depreciates at parallel market, official window

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Naira appreciates to N1,419/$ at official market

The naira further depreciated to N1,490 per dollar at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market on Monday.

The current FX rate represents a 0.34 percent decline from the N1,485 traded on June 14.

Currency traders, also known as bureau de change (BDC) operators, quoted the buying rate at N1,460 and a selling rate of N1,490 — leaving a profit margin of N30.

At the official window, the local currency depreciated by 0.02 percent to N1,483.02 against the dollar on Monday, from N1,482.72 on June 14.

According to the FMDQ Exchange, a platform that oversees the official window, during trading hours, a dollar recorded an intra-day high of N1,514.82 and a low rate of N1,390.

The daily FX market turnover stood at $150.73 million.

At the current FX rates, the gap between the official window and the parallel market is N6.98.

On June 5 Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency, projected naira will end the year at N1,450 to a dollar.

Gaimin Nonyane, director of Middle-East and Africa sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, said despite the volatility experienced by the naira since its floating in June 2023, there are expectations that the fluctuation would reduce by the third quarter (Q3) of 2024.

Nonyane projected a gradual depreciation of the naira in 2025, adding that this depends largely on the FX reform’s momentum.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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