Kigali International Airport Ranks Among Top 10 Best Airports in Africa and Third Best in the Region
Kigali International Airport has made its mark in the aviation industry as it has been ranked among the top 10 airports in Africa by the prestigious SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023. The airport’s exceptional customer service and efficient operations have earned it the recognition it deserves.
SKYTRAX also acknowledged Kigali International Airport as the third-best regional airport, the fifth cleanest airport, and the sixth best airport staff in Africa, highlighting the airport’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.
SKYTRAX World Airport Awards is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the best airports around the world based on customer experience, services, and amenities offered. This event began in 1999 when Skytrax launched its first global airport customer satisfaction survey, and it has become a significant event in the aviation industry.
The survey aims to deliver an independent, impartial, and global customer survey and airport awards process, where customers can make their choices about which airport they consider the best.
Kigali International Airport’s exceptional customer service and efficient operations have made it a popular choice among travelers. The airport’s commitment to innovation and technological advancements has also played a significant role in its success.
The airport has implemented several digital solutions, such as the pathogen monitoring program acting as a public health radar, to streamline the passenger experience and enhance safety and security measures. The state-of-the-art Bird Collision Avoidance System, advanced weather forecasting instruments, and up-to-date air traffic interface management technologies have also been introduced to improve operations.
Sustainability is also a priority for Kigali International Airport, and the airport has made efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and promote eco-friendly practices.
Cape Town International Airport was named the best airport in Africa by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023. King Shaka International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport were in second and third place, respectively.
Other African airports that made it to the top 10 include Mohammed V International Airport, Sir SR International Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Bole International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and Bram Fischer International Airport, respectively.
The recognition given to Kigali International Airport and other African airports is a reflection of the continent’s potential in the aviation industry. African countries are investing heavily in their airports, and this recognition is a step towards making Africa a significant player in the global aviation industry.
In conclusion, the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023 have recognized Kigali International Airport’s commitment to excellence and innovation, which has made it a top airport in Africa. The recognition also highlights the potential of African airports in the aviation industry and encourages the continued investment and growth of the industry.
TASUED Lecturer Arraigned by ICPC for Demanding Sexual and Monetary Gratification from Female Student
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a lecturer of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) for demanding sexual and monetary gratification from a female student of the institution. Dr Balogun Olaniran, who was the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED, was brought before Hon. Justice Osinuga of the Ijebu-Ode High Court, sitting in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on a one-count charge for violating Section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
According to the statement by the ICPC’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua on Friday, the defendant was arraigned on Monday 27th March 2023. The ICPC Counsel informed the court how the defendant demanded sexual benefits or a payment of N100,000 from a female student with a promise to alter her academic grades between October and November 2021.
The charge read, “within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, corruptly demanded sexual benefit or payment of the sum of N100,000 for himself from (name withheld), a female student, on account of a favour to be afterwards shown her in the discharge of his official duties as a lecturer and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, to wit, offering to alter her academic grades from fail to pass in courses with codes EDU 311 and EDU 312.”
Despite pleading not guilty, the trial judge, Justice Osinuga admitted the defendant to bail of N500,000 with a surety in like sum. The surety must provide evidence of 3 years of tax clearance and evidence of means. The matter was then adjourned to the 11th of May 2023 for the commencement of trial.
It is important to note that the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) had previously suspended Dr Olaniran Balogun, who was declared wanted by the ICPC for allegedly abusing his office and demanding gratification on August 28th, 2022. The university management had relieved Balogun of his position and had placed him on interdiction until he cleared himself of all allegations of misdemeanours brought against him by the anti-graft agency.
This case highlights the rampant issue of sexual harassment and corruption in educational institutions in Nigeria. It is important for authorities to take strong actions against such actions to ensure that students are not subjected to such unethical practices. The ICPC’s action against Dr Olaniran Balogun is a step in the right direction in addressing the issue.
Canadian Government Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill
The Canadian government has recently condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023, which was passed in Uganda and is now awaiting President Museveni’s assent. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau has strongly denounced the law, calling it “despicable” and stating that it directly violates the rights of LGBTQ communities around the world. He urged world leaders, particularly those in the Commonwealth, to reject the legislation and condemn it in the strongest terms possible.
In response to the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality bill, the Canadian government summoned Uganda’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng, who is also the Dean of the African Group. She was grilled for hours by the Canadian authority, and it was demanded that the Ugandan government withdraw the law immediately. The Canadian government threatened to sever all bilateral engagements and partnerships, including suspending visa rights, if the Anti-Homosexuality law is not repealed.
It has also been revealed that the Canadian government has withdrawn various mandates from Acheng as the Dean of the African Group and has revoked her invitation to attend the address by US President Joe Biden to the Canadian parliament. The Canadian authority has further announced the decision to suspend permission to allow Acheng to participate in any subsequent high-level meeting until the law is withdrawn.
The Canadian government is considering options to support the LGBTQ community in Uganda and has warned that no tourists or investors from Canada will come to Uganda if the bill is not withdrawn. Trudeau has asked lawmakers to “reconsider” the bill, which has been described as “appalling and abhorrent.” Canada also intends to cut diplomatic ties with Uganda once the proposed law is not withdrawn by the government.
The US government has also urged Museveni to block the legislation passed by lawmakers, and officials are publicly floating the idea of economic sanctions on Uganda, even if it hampers development dollars aimed at preventing the spread of AIDS. The United States government warned Uganda of dire consequences if the bill is not withdrawn. US President Joe Biden emphasized the need for more synergies to defend human rights across the world during his address to the Canadian parliament last week.
The actions of the Canadian and US governments demonstrate a commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community and promoting equality worldwide. These countries are leading by example in condemning discriminatory legislation and taking concrete steps to support marginalized communities. It is hoped that other world leaders will follow suit and take similar actions to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected and upheld.
Mr Eazi Makes History with Four Certificates and First Nigerian to Win Latin Grammy
Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Mr Eazi, has made history by becoming the first Nigerian artist to win a Latin GRAMMY and receive nominations in four categories at the 21st edition of the annual Latin GRAMMY awards. His nominations and win were for his contribution to the albums of J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
Eazi was a featured artist on the song Arcoíris off ‘Colores – J Balvin’ which won the Best Urban Album category, and also on ‘Oasis – J Balvin x Bad Bunny’ album in the same category. Mr Eazi’s contributions on both Oasis and Colores were widely acclaimed for their genre-bending sound and innovative approach to Latin music. The featured tracks COMO UN BEBÉ and Acoiris have garnered over 198 Million streams and 54 Million streams respectively on Spotify alone, helping to bring a fresh perspective to the projects.
He has now officially received certificates for being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Album of the year 2020, being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Best Urban Album 2020, being a composer on Colores Album of the year 2020, and being a featured artist on Colores by J Balvin – Best Urban Album (Winner) 2020.
Mr Eazi’s success in the Latin music world is a testament to his talent and his commitment to breaking down barriers and creating a truly global sound. He has proven that music transcends borders and that with hard work and dedication, one can achieve anything. His achievements have also served as an inspiration to other African artists seeking to make a mark on the global stage.
In addition to his music career, Mr Eazi has also made significant strides as an entrepreneur, launching emPawa Africa, a talent incubation program that helps emerging artists from Africa to build their careers. His success in both music and entrepreneurship has made him a role model to many young Africans.
Mr Eazi is scheduled to release a new body of work later this year, and fans are eagerly anticipating what promises to be another groundbreaking project from the talented artist. With his recent accomplishments, there is no doubt that he will continue to push the boundaries and cement his place as one of the most innovative and dynamic artists in the industry.
Medical Doctor Arrested for Disclosing Patient’s Information Online
A medical doctor, Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, has been remanded in the federal correctional facility in Makurdi on allegations of cyber stalking. The Benue state Magistrate Court sitting in Makurdi remanded the accused after he made a Facebook post on March 12, 2023, where he revealed that he stitched the lacerated anus of the Benue State publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bemgba Iortyom, after he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017.
According to the first information report by the police, a criminal petition was received by the Commissioner of Police written by D.K Iorhemba and Co as Barrister and Solicitors on behalf of Bemgba Iortyom, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Benue State. The report stated that Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, a medical doctor who works at Kadev Health Systems Services of No.9 opposite Holy Covenant, Otukpo Road, Makurdi, made damaging comments about Bemgba on 12/03/2023 at about 11pm while chatting with one Gabriel Terungwa Shange. He was reported to have said, ‘my brother, if Bemgba Iortyom wants to go dirty, just inform me, the day he found out that, I was the medical doctor that stitched his lacerated anus when he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017, he blocked me.’
Following an investigation by the police, the medical doctor was arrested and the statement made on Facebook was screenshot for evidence, and he confessed to committing the said offense. The police said the offense contravenes section 24(1)(a)(b)(i) of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015.
During the court hearing, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction. The police prosecutor, Inspector S. O. Itodo, informed the court that the investigation into the matter was still in progress and asked for another date to enable the prosecution to prove its case.
In conclusion, cyberstalking is a serious offense that can lead to severe consequences, as seen in the case of Kadev Kenneth Kelvin. It is important to note that social media platforms are not a place to make damaging comments or defame others, and users must exercise caution and restraint in their online interactions. It is essential to be mindful of the impact of our words and actions, both offline and online.
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