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According to Princess Stella "fatal air disasters are an act of God"

Old 25th Oct 2013, 13:06
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According to Princess Stella "fatal air disasters are an act of God"

What is right with this women ?
Nigeria's aviation minister has caused outrage by calling air crashes inevitable acts of God, as she sought to deflect criticism of her record after the country's second deadly accident in 15 months.
Stella Oduah was speaking to journalists at the presidential villa on Monday, three days after sixteen people were killed in a small passenger plane that crashed shortly after take-off outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal.
In June last year, a Dana Air flight crashed into a Lagos apartment block, killing 163 people in the country's worst airline disaster in two decades.
An investigation has yet to reveal the cause.
"We do not pray for accidents but it is inevitable... We do everything to ensure that we do not have accidents, but it is an act of God," she said. "We do not speculate on the cause of accidents."
Oduah later qualified her comment, saying that everyone from baggage handlers to regulators, airlines and management shared responsibility for passenger safety and that a preliminary report into the latest crash should be out in a couple of weeks.
But Nigerian newspapers and Twitter exploded with angry responses. Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode was quoted in Vanguard local daily as calling for her resignation.
The Punch newspaper quoted popular blogger Japheth Omojuwa as saying: "If God is in charge of safety in the aviation sector, we are then duplicating roles by paying a salary (to the minister)... When you start passing the buck to God, then the time has arrived to pass on your resignation letter."
The belief that fatal accidents are acts of God, or of malevolent spirits, is common in Nigeria and many other African countries.
Air crashes are relatively frequent in Africa's second biggest economy, where a sophisticated financial sector and large professional class depend on flights, although safety improved a lot in the years just before the Dana crash.
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Old 26th Oct 2013, 04:19
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how about this for an act of God

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Old 26th Oct 2013, 14:42
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Oh, Stella . . .

What is she thinking? She needs to get in front of this with a proactive plan to strengthen the safety management systems of all airlines [and airports] operating from Nigeria. Geez.
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Old 26th Oct 2013, 16:15
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Care to give a description of what occurred in the picture you posted? As is, we are left to guess.
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Old 26th Oct 2013, 16:28
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Looks like a Max Air 74 holding hands with another 74....
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Old 27th Oct 2013, 07:10
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my apologies guys,
you can read about it here

Another Air Disaster Averted in Lagos! | THE STREET JOURNAL
or here
Two Aircraft Collide At Lagos Airport | Leadership Newspaper NG
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Old 27th Oct 2013, 12:31
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That being the case, then God must be mightily displeased with Nigeria if this current visitation of disasters is anything to go by....
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Old 27th Oct 2013, 14:11
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It's true.....you can't fix stupid.
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Old 27th Oct 2013, 18:04
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A taxi incident does not makeith a DISASTER

From all accounts MAX AIR B744 was parked and off loading pax and Turkish Airlines A330-200F came into the bay on the right and struck the B744.

One would think not a disaster but........maybe for the hapless marshaller.

Now, what about those BMW's?
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Old 27th Oct 2013, 18:45
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A close source......a popular aviation photographer (also works at the airport) said the Max Air wasn't parked on the center line ......
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Old 28th Oct 2013, 17:01
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It's true.....you can't fix stupid.
You also can't polish a turd but, alledgedly, you can sprinkle glitter on it!
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Old 29th Oct 2013, 07:41
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The Mythbusters proved that you can, actually, polish a turd.
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Old 29th Oct 2013, 08:37
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What do you expect from a country where people still believe in witch doctors and 'spell casters'?
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Old 29th Oct 2013, 09:02
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... where people still believe in witch doctors and 'spell casters'
Errr... like SA?
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Old 2nd Nov 2013, 21:17
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Having passed through Nigeria, visiting four airports there over 10 days in out C182, I am not in the least surprised at this. The entire aviation setup there was a complete shambles. Interestingly, the chief marshaller at Lagos was one guy who we found to be very professional and helpful.
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 16:34
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The accident rate speaks for itself, as does the high level of exec jet ownership by "pastors" with Swiss bank accounts .. go figure !
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 16:43
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Cool More Problems for Princess Stella

Princess Stella is under even more pressure to resign now as the Airline Operators of Nigeria have announced they will not pay any charges to NCAA, NAMA and FAAN as a protest and spokesman Mohammed Tukur says they may stop operations altogether

Nigeria’s Aviation Corruption: Airlines Stop Payment Of Charges-PM News, Lagos
Posted: November 3, 2013 - 15:48


By Simon Ateba- PM News, Lagos

The crisis buffeting Nigeria’s troubled aviation industry escalated on Sunday with Nigerian airlines announcing that they will no longer pay any money to aviation agencies until the sector is rid of corruption and corrupt people.

Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s embattled aviation minister, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation on 31 October following revelations that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, bought two BMW bullet-proof cars for her at the hefty sum of N255 million.

Oduah denied allegations against her and put all blame on others, but documents show she approved the purchase of the expensive cars that were not budgeted for and that were beyond her approval limit of N100 million.

The Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, announced on Sunday that Nigerian carriers have stopped remitting all fees to aviation agencies because of the gargantuan corruption rocking the sector.

The remittances of aviation charges stopped on 1 November, said Mohammed Tukur, who spoke on behalf of the airlines.

Tukur said the airlines stopped remitting any money to the NCAA, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and other relevant aviation bodies to protest against the rot in the sector.

He warned that Nigerian airlines may also ground their operations if nothing is done to ‘clean up’ the sector.

“Due to the ongoing crises, we have resolved to stop the remittances of all charges, both current and outstanding debts to the agencies, pending the time they reform or come clean on the taxes and charges they have collected which runs into several billions of naira,” Tukur said on behalf of Nigerian airl

The airlines argued that while aviation charges have continued to skyrocket, the money paid has continued to be misused by the aviation ministry and agencies to buy expensive cars.

Consequently, AON called on the federal government to intervene in the astronomical charges imposed on Nigerian airlines.

“The suspension of payment of taxes, charges took effect from November 1, 2013. We call on the Federal Government and all concerned to set up investigative panel to resolve these anomalies,” Tukur said.

The airlines have been struggling with numerous charges, including landing and parking charges, remittance of five per cent taxes on every ticket sold, fuel tax, multiple navigational charges, airport tax as well as very expensive office spaces among other numerous taxes.

The $3000 and $4000 newly introduced by the NCAA for charter operators with Nigerian registered aircraft paying $3000 and foreign registered charter operator parting with $4000 for a single take-off and landing.

Analysts say the numerous charges imposed on airlines are eventually passed on to Nigerian travellers who pay expensive air fairs for poor services.

The carriers expressed disappointment with obsolete infrastructure dotting the nation’s airports and epileptic navigational tools that many say have contributed to air crashes and serious air incidents in the country.

Tukur said AON was studying the involvement of two of its members with the reported BMW car scam and may be sanctioned them if found culpable.

The House of Representative Committee on Aviation probing the alleged scam had fingered an airline operator (name withheld) for its involvement in the procurement of the two limousine cars allegedly acquired for Oduah.

Beyond Nigeria, it was learnt that an international organisation has written the government to express concerns over safety issues in the Nigerian aviation sector as well as the loss of independence of the country’s aviation regulatory body-the NCAA.

This has further heightened the fear that Nigeria may lose its coveted Category One aviation safety status granted the country four years ago by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, FAA.
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Old 7th Nov 2013, 15:47
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Thanks tross its not an isolated issue geographicaly remote to Africa alone but then again my Albino brothers to the south of my location want to make a point! Let me see you polish a turd. The proofs in the pudding right? Or is it in the eating?
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