The devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic cut across different sectors of the economy not leaving out the aviation sector as one of Nigeria’s biggest airline operator, Air Peace laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries.
The airline said in a statement on Monday that the decision became necessary in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations without disclosing the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70.
The company said that it took the “very painful, but rightful decision”, adding that “the airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfill its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organizations, insurance companies, banks and other creditors.
Air Peace said “anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period.
Falana: CAMA 2020 Violates Rights
There have been so much back and forth on the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA 2020 that have riled some religious organizations.
Now, activist lawyer, senior advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana, and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu are pointing out some provisions of the act they say grossly violate rights.
The two men say the new law arrogates too much power to the registrar-general of the corporate affairs commission, cac – power they say he could use to clamp down on civil society organizations.
Falana and Odinkalu were speaking during a virtual town-hall meeting on the act which was jointly organized by the European Union-act, the open society initiative for west Africa, working group on civil society regulatory environment, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, and the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
Falana specifically pointed out section 389 of the law that gives CAC the power to suspend the board of trustees of an organization in crisis and appoint an interim committee to manage its affairs. He also faults section 842 that gives CAC authority to take over funds in the bank accounts of an organization in crisis. He says that provision translates to quote, “obtaining money by false pretense.”
Professor Odinkalu, in his own assessment, said part f of CAMA 2020 is a confused mixture, a “mish mash” of laws the country had borrowed from the United Kingdom. He said those laws were hastily copied without the safeguards in the English law.
In response to the observations, representative of the CAC registrar-general, Justine Nidiya said further amendments to the law would serve as the forum to address the challenges.
INEC Replaces Burnt Card Readers In Ondo
The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has now replaced the five thousand card readers destroyed by fire two weeks ago at its headquarters in Akure, Ondo state capital.
Commission chairman, professor Mammud Yakubu announced the replacement on Wednesday during a three-day working visit to the state. Yakubu said his visit was to have a first-hand assessment of the level of the commission’s preparedness for next month’s governorship election in the state. He promised those polls will be hitch-free.
NCDC Reports 111 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 57,724
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has added one hundred eleven new cases of COVID-19 to the country’s tally on Wednesday. The health agency now puts the total at nearly fifty-eight thousand.
The agency reports one hundred forty-nine persons were discharged after being successfully treated and had recovered from the coronavirus. Two patients were said to have died of the disease between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The new cases were reported from 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Lagos recorded 31 cases, followed by Gombe and Kaduna with 18 each, and the FCT with 15.
Rivers recorded 14 new cases. Imo, Kwara and Oyo each showed three new infections, Bayelsa and Ogun two each. Edo and Osun recorded one each.
The NCDC says fifty-seven thousand seven hundred twenty-four cases have been confirmed, with nearly forty-nine thousand patients discharged. The country’s death toll stands at one thousand one hundred and two.
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