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FAAN Increases Passenger Service Charge By 100 % From September 1

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FAAN doubles passenger service charge from Sept 1
Rabiu Yadudu, managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says domestic airlines in the country will pay N2,000 as passenger service charge from September 1.
This is a 100 percent increase from the N1,000 currently paid by airlines.
Under the revised service charge, nternational passengers within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region will pay $80 while others will pay $100.
Before the review, international passengers paid a flat rate of $50 as service charge.m
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, Yadudu said the current rates are no longer realistic.
“FAAN has not increased Passenger Service Charges (PSC) since 2011 in spite all the huge capital investment at our airport,” .
“The current PSC charge of N1, 000 is no longer realistic as it does not correlate with realities of cost-related inflation rate which the CBN put at 12.82 percent.
“Besides, FAAN, until late 2019 was collecting the naira equivalent of PSC at an official rate from N305.50 to N344.38 to a dollar.”
Yadudu said ICAO’s recommendation in ‘DOC.9562’ states that revenue generated by airports be transparently re-invested wholly in operating and developing airport facilities.
According to the MD, the federal government will increase its direct deduction from FAAN to 40 percent, a move that he says would make FAAN have over N16 billion shortfall on overhead cost.
He implored stakeholder, airport users and the general public to bear with FAAN as it is laden with so much overhead cost of operation.
He said it would be necessary to roll out new advisories for airlines and air travellers in preparation for the resumption of scheduled international airlines into the country.
Yadudu said the government would communicate same to the general public as soon as new advisories were ready.

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COVID-19: Sterling Bank pledges N10bn to revamp domestic tourism

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Sterling Bank Plc, has pledged a N10 billion facility for the purpose of revamping domestic tourism in the country post COVID-19.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, made the commitment while addressing participants at a tourism webinar organised by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) with the theme: Nigerian Domestic Tourism: Re-Imagined.

Suleiman who spoke on the topic: “Investment for the Tourism Sector to Enhance Domestic Tourism,” noted that, “Sterling Bank has funding capacity and is ready to inject N10 billion into domestic tourism” if the right stakeholders are available in the industry.

He enjoined stakeholders in the industry to collaborate rather than compete, saying stakeholders need to come together to offer worthwhile experience in different aspects of the industry.

Suleiman encouraged operators in the domestic tourism industry to sit down with their bankers to build the experience together, adding that the sector is a billion dollar business. He stressed the need to have extensive discussion with stakeholders in the tourism sector in order to scale up. He advised the stakeholders to stop approaching the government as individuals but as a team so they can push for policy initiatives that would be beneficial to the industry.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who declared the virtual meeting open, noted that tourism assets and other social imprints in the country are huge just as tourism remains the largest employer of labour.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Isu Gekpe, said the restriction of the tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the most vulnerable groups in the industry.

She observed that the promotion of tourism is the first step to re-starting the economy post COVID-19 and encouraged stakeholders to promote existing tourism assets in the country while a robust legal framework is being worked out.

Also speaking, Director-General of NTDC, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, expressed the hope that the commission would be able to exploit opportunities in the hospitality industry through packages, affordability of flight and access to tourism destinations. Coker said there was a need to have a solid foundation for domestic tourism which international tourism could lean on in the future.

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Naira slides to 460/$ at parallel market

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The naira fell slightly at the parallel market on Monday , as it exchanged to the dollar for N 460 / $ as of the close of work .
The naira had exchanged to the dollar on Friday for 458 / $ .
This is as the country ’s external reserves continued to maintain its downward trend.
Figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria revealed that the country ’ s external reserves which stood at $35 . 75 bn as of October 02 had lost $ 78 . 34 m to close at $ 35 . 67 bn as of October 16 .
The CBN had stated in its report on ‘ Monetary, credit , foreign trade and exchange policy guidelines for fiscal years 2020 / 2021 ’ that external reserves were expected to lie between $ 29 . 9 bn and $ 34 .3 bn by 2020 ending .
It said, “ Sequel to the COVID -19 pandemic, the viability of the external sector in 2020 is expected to deteriorate , given the present worsening current account balance and depletion of external reserves driven, largely , by decelerating export receipts, particularly oil .
“ Specifically , the degree of external reserves accumulation is expected to decelerate , as outflows are expected to outweigh inflows .
“ As a result , external reserves are expected to lie between $ 29 .9 bn and $ 34 .3 bn at end -December 2020 ( predicated on current declining oil price between $ 20 and $ 40 ) . ”

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External reserves drop to $35.67bn

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Nigeria’s external reserves, last week, fell for the fourth consecutive week to $35.67 billion even as the naira depreciated to N462 per dollar in the parallel market.

Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) show that the reserves fell to $$35.672 billion on Thursday last week from $35.725 billion the previous week. This translated to week-on-week (w/w) decline of $53 million dollars, more than 100 percent increase from the $23 million w/w decline recorded in the previous week.

According to the CBN data, the reserves have been on the downward trend for four weeks since September 17th. It fell by $139 million to $35.672 billion last week Thursday from $35.811 billion.

Prior to the four weeks decline, the reserves rose steadily for two weeks, by $145 million to $35.811 billion on September 17th from $35.666 billion on September 2nd.

Investigations reveal that the sustained decline, especially at a time of relatively stable crude oil prices, might not be unconnected to the CBN’s dollar injection in the foreign exchange market in a bid to keep the exchange rate stable.

However, in spite of the intervention, the naira depreciated by N5 in the parallel market last week, though it remained stable at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

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