the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos, aboard a chartered
Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number W342AX.
Command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development, saying: “At about 14:30 hours
(2:30 p.m.), we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from the United
States. They were made up of 32 males and two females.”
persons were alleged to have committed criminal offences, with one involved in
the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of
Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the police.
Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
authorities and allowed to depart to their various destinations.
Government’s removal of the controversial mandatory five per cent Value Added
Tax (VAT) on air travel tickets.
paying the tax, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government
for listening to the cries of domestic airlines in the country.
Executive Order stating the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) from “All Forms of
Shared Transportation”, following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting o
June 6, 2018.
taxes and levies at airports nationwide that account for at least 65 per cent
of revenue accruing to the airlines.
(AON), Capt. Nogie Meggison, said they had, for decades, called for discussions
on the immediate removal of VAT from domestic air transportation, in line with
global best practices.
have limited disposal funds and have reached their elastic point in this
difficult time in the nation’s economy.
number of those who can afford to travel by air, due to high fares.
report from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that passenger
traffic dropped by 27 per cent in 2017 and by another seven per cent in the
first quarter of 2018, making it a total of 34 per cent drop in passenger
traffic within a span of one year.”
mode of commercial transportation that pays VAT.
departure from what obtains worldwide and is an increased burden on Nigerian
next door to us, have all abolished VAT for air transportation.
remove VAT from domestic air transportation will go a long way in bringing
succour to groaning Nigerian travelers.
growth in demand for domestic air travel will lead to the creation of jobs by
the entire air transport service chain (airlines, airports, ground handlers and
catering companies), as well as increase revenues for government.
the benefits are there for all to see today, as Accra is fast becoming the
aviation hub for West Africa,” he said.