Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 13 November, 2017.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Local airlines and passengers may be in for another difficult period this December and early January due to flight disruptions engendered by bad weather, despite the Federal Government’s huge investment in landing instruments.
While meteorologists are already predicting more intense harmattan haze than was experienced last year, infrastructure, either at most of the airports or deployed by local airlines, are still not adequate to help aeroplanes cope with the natural phenomenon.Consequently, flight disruption in the manner of multiple delays and cancellations will upset plans of many travellers and cost struggling airlines huge revenue.
Harmattan haze late 2016 and early 2017 led to shutdown of local flight operations for some days when horizontal visibility dropped below the stipulated minimum of 800 metres. While local airlines were forced to reschedule or refund fares to restive passengers with attendant losses, their foreign counterparts with advanced onboard technology operated unhindered by weather.

As if to prevent similar a narrative in late 2017, the Federal Government in May deployed new sets of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) to no fewer than 18 airports nationwide. An ILS enables aircraft to land even if the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway due to harmattan haze, fog and snow. It does this by way of transmitted radio signals.
The new gadgets that cost millions of dollars notwithstanding, the Nigerian Meteorology Agency (NIMET), in its seasonal rainfall prediction and advisory forecast for the season, reported that the prevailing weather condition is likely to herald a long and severe dust haze in the months ahead, with effects on airlines.
The Guardian learnt at the weekend that some airports in the country were beginning to feel the pinch of an impending harmattan season, with some flights either diverted or cancelled.At Ilorin airport, for instance, the air-to-ground visibility has consistently dropped in the last couple of days making it difficult for safe flight operations.
Sources said the airport, which is for diversion from Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos in case of an emergency, has been unable to receive flights as expected due to “changing weather” and poor visibility over the runway since last Monday.
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) at the weekend confirmed the development, though with assurance that its team of engineers were already on ground to help manage the situation.Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said the efforts were to manage the situation as much as possible but if safety could not be guaranteed, then flight operations might be temporarily suspended at the airport.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met yesterday in Enugu to deliberate on the Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, the 2019 polls and election of national officers.

The Guardian gathered that the meeting became necessary following alleged divisions in the party over its national convention where the officers would emerge, as well as the presidential election in which one of them, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, has declared interest.

Another source claimed that the plan by the party to challenge the incumbent administration in 2019 is being threatened by what was described as worrisome sound beats from some of its members.

Essentially, PDP is worried that while it is working to ensure the emergence of a candidate that could challenge President Muhammadu Buhari, some of its members are openly announcing support for him.

At the weekend, however, campaign posters of the former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, announcing his intention to vie in the 2019 presidential election flooded Enugu State.

“The meeting therefore is to take a resolute stand on some of these issues, because whether you like it or not, some of the positions being taken by the governors are disturbing. Ebonyi State governor has openly canvassed support for Buhari. So there is need for them to be on the same page if they must snatch power from the incumbent administration,” the source said

On the Anambra election, he said the meeting would be briefed on the efforts so far by some of the governors who are members of the committee set up by the PDP to ensure the party wins.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in a co-ordinated ground and aerial bombardments with Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Operation Deep Punch have cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from 13 villages of Sambisa Forest at the weekend in Borno State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued to journalists in Maiduguri yesterday by Deputy Director, Public Relations, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Kingsley Samuel.

Samuel said during the one-week insurgents’ clearance operations, the army lost three of its men, while the six injured ones are responding to medical treatment in Maiduguri hospital.

He said the troops also captured two gun trucks, three motorcycles, many bicycles and a laptop containing valuable information.In another development, security has been beefed up in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state tomorrow.

No fewer than nine trucks loaded with armed soldiers were seen parading the capital city at the weekend.Also sighted were armoured vehicles with missile launchers, which set panic and tensions in the capital city as many were wondering the mission of the military personnel.

Efforts to get the Commander of Nkwegu Military Cantonment to comment on the presence of soldiers proved abortive as calls placed on his phone indicated not available.

However, a group, known as Initiatives for Demonstrating Change, has endorsed the second term of President Buhari by kicking off his campaign in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, with the commissioning of a spacious campaign office.

At the commissioning yesterday, over 5,000 youths and women, drawn from 171 wards in the state, were seen displaying placards with inscriptions such as “Mr. President, “we are solidly behind you”, Ebonyi youths are proud of President Buhari”, “All hail Buhari for 2019” and so many others.

The National Co-ordinator of the group, Chinedu Ogah, said that the President had done well to seek for re-election in the 2019 presidential election.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
With a target to become Africa's third largest economy by 2020 and Africa's model mega city in 2025, the Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment to sustain the existing partnership with the private sector. 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
A middle-aged business woman (name withheld) in Asaba was in the early hours yesterday kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.The victim was said to have been kidnapped around her house located at the Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba by heavily armed hoodlums... 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The World Health organization (WHO) and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to renew the two institutions' joint commitment to tackle public health challenges emerging from rising temperatures ..... 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed joy in partnering the authorities of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa in driving vision 2030, aimed at developing African continent via qualitative education. 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Presidency yesterday condemned former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido's criticism of President Muhamadu Buhari's anti-corruption fight.The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, spoke in reaction to Lamido's series of interviews against the policy. 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The answer is simple: as long as population growth outstrips the provision of housing, roads and services such as water supply and sanitation, those whose responsibility it is to provide this infrastructure will need to find strategies.... 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Senator Representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye and the Justice Development and Peace Commission of the Lokoja Diocese of the Catholic Church have exposed some irregularities in the 2017 budget of Kogi State. 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
A Youths group, First Massive Literati (FML), has perfected arrangement to effect major changes in the nation's political leadership come 2019 for the citizens to experience good governance and accountability in the scheme of things. 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Children with cerebral palsy will be able to walk upright and on their own thanks to a new robotic suit, a new study suggests.American researchers have created a robotic exoskeleton that attaches to children's legs and have improved posture and mobility.... 

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
New research due to be presented at the 18th Annual Congress of the South African Heart Association shows that financial stress may increase the risk of a heart attack by 13-fold, and work stress by almost six times. 
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