Weekly Trust : 2020-08-01

Opinion : 25 : 25


Saturday, August 1, 2020 on 25 Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram @dailytrust @daily_trust Airlines ineptitude: How long can this continue? BA 0805202102­2 (SMS only) (SMS only) ibraheemdo­oba@dailytrust.com Twitter: @dooba123 S unday, July 26th, 2020, was another day some airline staff at the Port Harcourt airport frustrated my planned trip along with other disappoint­ed passengers. My flight was supposed to leave the domestic wing of Port Harcourt Airport at 1700 hours on Sunday, July 26th 2020 for Lagos. I booked online and went ahead to check-in online even before leaving my house which is less than 30 minutes drive to Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa. I left my house at 1500 hours believing that at this period of COVID-19 there would be more security and medical checks hence more time was needed for me to be at the airport before the departure time at 1700 hours in order to pass through all the security checks. Contrary to my expectatio­n, the only medical check was infra-red thermomete­rs as security checks were still as before the COVID-19 pandemic. I passed through all the security and medical checks in less than 3 minutes, collected my boarding pass along with other passengers when it was our turn to start boarding. After the final security and medical checks were concluded we were ushered into a waiting airport bus on the tarmac which was taking us to our plane. It was raining, hence, there was no way we in the bus could have left the bus that was meant to convey us from our final screening point to the tarmac where our plane was parked in case we wanted to break security protocol at the airport. After staying in the bus for more than 20 minutes, I asked the driver what was holding us back, he said that an airline staff communicat­ed with him that there was a pregnant woman still passing through security checks, hence we should wait for her to join us. We relaxed and sat comfortabl­y in the bus. We obeyed the driver because even the bible made it clear that we must be submissive to all authoritie­s hence the driver’s authority was not an exception. We believed that the officials must have communicat­ed with the pilot and his crew on the latest developmen­t. I checked my wristwatch, it was not yet 1700 hours hence, why should I be worried? When the pregnant lady finally entered the bus, the airport driver reversed the bus to take us to our flight but the unthinkabl­e happened in the next few seconds. The flight we were supposed to travel with had already begun to taxi on the runway and was quickly approachin­g the downwind end of the runway which meant we had missed the flight. I was dumbfounde­d. For the next 10 minutes, I was speechless. I got back to my senses when one of my co-passengers shouted: “Oga driver ,shebi I tell you make you carry us go to our plane first, then you come back come carry the pregnant woman wey dey delay us ,you say make I know teach you your work. Shebi,you don see where your work you know wan “Some of your ideas stuck to my mind for years too. Keep writing, Prof Brainy.” Usman Zakari Ibrahim That is what incompeten­ce, ineptitude and lack of coordinati­on among some airline staff have caused me and other copassenge­rs “Prof Brainy was motivation to many of us.” a great Abbas Usman Sani “I always cherish your motivation particular­ly on education.” Usman Falalu “Prof Brainy was one of my favourite columns in Weekly Trust since when I was in the university.” Dr Abubakar Kaka Sanda “Yes. I also keenly followed ‘Prof Brainy’ in TRUST newspaper. Jazak Allahu Khair.” Salisu Aliyu “The gentleman, absolutely said it all. You are a blessing to many.” Ibrahim Adamu Umar “100% of my respect for you.” make I teach you, don land us ?’’ The airport bus driver was so devastated began to blame the officials of the airline who communicat­ed to him not to take us to the plane but same officials failed to communicat­e with the pilot and his crew about the latest developmen­t. The blame game continued. Some of the airport officers in the departure area blamed us for not taking the laws into our own hands by alighting from the airport bus and running in the rain to our plane, which to me was another way of breaking security measures at the airport? The driver of the airport bus was so pathetic and remorseful but he had to shift the blame to others, he simply directed us to speak to a staff of the airline who was leaving the tarmac. The driver’s trick worked as we all sheepishly alighted from his bus and pursued the lady to the airline’s desk office in the airport. The staff of the airline realized their mistake in not communicat­ing with the pilot and his crew while they were delayed us. There was a twist of event when a fair and tall guy came into the picture. He was not in uniform and there was no identity card on him. He blamed us for coming late to the airport. Infuriated with his line of thought, I asked him what was his definition of being late for a flight? If being in the airport more than one hour before the departure of one’s flight was part of his definition of being late, then he needed to go back to elementary school. My question now is, who will bear the brunt of the surcharges the airline will demand from us for rescheduli­ng a flight they made us miss? Will we be paid damages for the various appointmen­ts we missed in Lagos? What of the appointmen­t that we missed on Sunday night in Lagos, who will pay us for the damages? Why did the pilot begin to taxi the runway before 1700 hours as stipulated on our tickets? Now that I booked my flight under ‘’Round-trip’’ as against ‘’One-way trip’’ who will now foot the bill of rescheduli­ng my Wednesday‘s return flight since its rescheduli­ng is caused by my inability to travel on Sunday, which was not caused by me, because if I had gone to Lagos on Sunday I would have returned to Port Harcourt on Wednesday morning. That is what incompeten­ce, ineptitude and lack of coordinati­on among some airline staff have caused me and other co-passengers. I challenge the management of the said airline to investigat­e this matter. The pilot and his crew who began to taxi the runway before 1700 hours stipulated by our schedule should be made to face the penalty if found guilty. The money used to reschedule my flight is not an issue but how long can this ineptitude be allowed to continue in our public places? Folasade Mujeedat “Masha Allah!!! Keep up the good work!” Moh’d Taofeek Salihu Usman Babangida Abdullahi “I met him once. Right there and then I knew how intelligen­t he is. Very calm and collected.” “You are a role model for many.” Ibrahim U. Wali “Dr, I am one of your staunch supporters. I keep following your write ups and have been your friend on these platforms has paid the bills. More wisdom and blessings.” Aliyu Dahiru Danburam “I have met you several times and have nothing to say than Alhamdulil­lah.” Farouk Usman Ibrahim Amin Sani Usman “Prof. Brainy is a mentor for long.” “Dr Ibraheem Dooba is among other respectful friends that I’ve not visually met. He’s impacted so many lives, irrespecti­ve of religious or tribal inclinatio­n.These testimonie­s are few amongst many to humanity. The secret is left in the Hand of the Creator. May you live long to accomplish all your noble goals.” Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada Wow! What a testimony and encomium on my mentor. It is not an exaggerati­on for me say that he started feeding me since 1999 and up till today, he never feels I should be discharged. More and more of this testimony under way. Ibrahim Ibn Ibrahim Muhammad Muye emic ineffectiv­e corporate governance in Nigeria. They should also identify opportunit­ies for improving the business continuity plan. Given the rapidly changing economic circumstan­ces arising from COVID-19, the 2020 cash flow budgets and forecasts prepared in 2019 by organizati­ons may now be of limited relevance and, therefore, requires a revision. It is advisable for organizati­ons to start reducing their cost in order to ensure survival and profitabil­ity of their business. Indeed, there is need to perform a risk assessment of the organizati­on’s informatio­n technology, general and applicatio­n controls with reference to leading practices and provide process improvemen­t recommenda­tions. Finally, it is imperative to raise periodic awareness on fraud within the organizati­on as well as a warning of the heightened risk of COVID-19 themed phishing attacks. weather the eye of the storm in capital search just as we must separate the signal from the noise for portfolio optimizati­on to thrive. Corporatio­ns must be agile and proactive in order to maximize value. Indubitabl­y, like everything under the sun, discipline remains key to creating real value. Businesses must look up and down to reimagine their supply chain and also do the next right thing to protect their license to trade. I won’t conclude this piece without highlighti­ng the top 10 considerat­ions for business assurance leaders to prioritize in the review of their strategy during and beyond this COVID19 pandemic. These are health and safety, business continuity & crisis response, cash flow management, cost optimizati­on, cybersecur­ity & data privacy and fraud. Others are digitaliza­tion, foreign exchange management, credit management and financial reporting. In conclusion, I surmise that investor confidence in Nigeria will be strengthen­ed if steps are taken to address the issues of poor and My question now is, who will bear the brunt of the surcharges the airline will demand from us for rescheduli­ng a flight they made us miss? Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms writes from Abuja (arabi.di@bpsr.com) Dr Paul John writes from Port Harcourt mazipauljo­hn@gmail.com

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