Med-view Air sus­pends Dubai op­er­a­tions over leas­ing con­tract de­fault

• Re­stores Lagos-lon­don ser­vices Delta govt pays N27m stipends to 5, 555 wid­ows

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MED-VIEW Air­lines Plc has sus­pended its Dubai op­er­a­tions.

This fol­lowed the tem­po­rary with­drawal of the op­er­at­ing air­craft and the lessor’s fail­ure to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive.

The­guardian learnt that the air­craft, which was leased from Europe, fell short of the United King­dom Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity’s (CAA) stan­dard.

Its sub­se­quent re­turn had cre­ated a vac­uum in the in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions of the flag car­rier.

Mean­while, the air­line has an­nounced the re­sump­tion of its Lagos-lon­don op­er­a­tions.

This is com­ing after an al­leged dis­crim­i­na­tion and sab­o­tage by the ground han­dlers and au­thor­i­ties of the Lon­don Gatwick Air­port in the UK.

Some of Med-view pas­sen­gers from Dubai and Lon­don were at the week­end, stranded in Lagos due to the can­cel­la­tion of their flights.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the air­line, Muneer Bankole, con­firmed the prob­lem, which, he said, had since been re­solved.

He said the prob­lem was due to the chal­lenges posed by the op­er­at­ing air­craft and the sab­o­tage at the Lon­don air­port.

Bankole ex­plained that its Euro­pean part­ner, EuroAt­lantic, which the said air­craft was leased from, had been un­able to meet the air­line’s re­quire­ment in pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary ca­pac­ity.

He hinted that re­sump­tion of Dubai op­er­a­tions would com­mence when its own air­craft, a Boe­ing 767-300ER chris­tened “Abeke” re­turns from its com­plete re­fur­bish­ment in the UK.

THE Delta State govern­ment yes­ter­day paid over N27mil­lion to se­lected 5, 555 wid­ows in the state.

The Com­mis­sioner of Health, Dr. Ni­cholas Azinge, rep­re­sented Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa at the dis­burse­ments in As­aba.

He said the gesture was a ful­fill­ment of his cam­paign promise of em­pow­er­ing the peo­ple

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the pro­gramme, a min­i­mum of 20 each from 270 wards, were drawn from the 25 lo­cal coun­cil ar­eas in the state.

They are also ex­pected to freely par­tic­i­pate in the state govern­ment’s Con­trib­u­tory Health Care Health Scheme.

The gov­er­nor told the women to ac­cess the free health scheme at the near­est health cen­tres and hos­pi­tals, and urged them to re­port any­body who charges them money for treat­ment.

“The wel­fare scheme which is de­signed for wid­ows in the state is meant to pay them a monthly stipend of 5,000 naira. The state govern­ment would also pay their monthly pre­mi­ums in the con­trib­u­tory health­care scheme,” he said.

Act­ing Spir­i­tual Head of Gospel, Cheru­bim and Seraphim So­ci­ety, His Grace, Ba­batunde Adebona (left), Supreme Head (Olori), Cheru­bim and Seraphim Uni­fi­ca­tion Church of Nige­ria, His Most Emi­nence, Dr. Prophet Solomon Adeg­boyega Alao, and Spir­i­tual Head of Gospel, Cheru­bim and Seraphim Church, Baba Aladura Olorun­funmi Basho­run, at a press con­fer­ence to com­mence the 2018 An­nual Gen­eral Con­fer­ence of the Church, in Lagos

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