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COVID-19: Nigeria To Reopen Kano, Port Harcourt Airports

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Nigeria is set to reopen the Kano and Port Harcourt International Airports three months after it opened the Lagos and Abuja airports to international flights.

Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said this during a briefing of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Nuhu, the two airports will be reopened when the twin issues of ICT infrastructure and adequate number of staff to man the airports have been provided.

Nuhu said the reopening of the two airports became necessary to decongest the Lagos and Abuja airports and subsequently make travels more convenient for passengers.

He said NCAA was waiting for the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to provide the needed ICT infrastructure while the Port Health Services were already working to provide an adequate number of staff.

Nuhu did not, however, disclose the exact date of the reopening, although he said it would be soon.

The Federal Government had announced the resumption of international flights from the Abuja and Lagos airports on Sept. 5.

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Money Transfer; CBN Changes Rule on Remittance

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has changed its remittance rule. And now, Nigerians can receive money in the currency it was sent in. Janet Ogunkoya, a financial analyst joined us on News central Now to explain the benefit of the new development.

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Champions League: 6 African Youngsters Feature As RB Salzburg Defeat Lokomotiv Moscow

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It was a celebration of African football talents as Red Bull Salzburg took Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow to the cleaners on Tuesday.

The Austrian giants ran out 3-1 winners away from home against a hapless Lokomotiv Moscow side with one of the six Africans involved, Nigerian-German teenager, Karim Adeyemi getting on the scoresheet.

Salzburg in the game, featured Zambian 22-year old winger Enoch Mwepu, 20-year old Malian midfielder, Mohammed Kamara and his 21-year old compatriot, Sekou Koita.

Others were 22-year old Cameroonian Jerome Onguene, Patson Daka, a 22-year old Zambian international and 18-year old goalscorer Adeyemi.

Salzburg went into the game sure of their non-progression from the group stage after Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid sealed their places in the knockout stage.

The Austrian giants however needed the win to boost their chances of finishing in third place and earning a berth in the knockout phase of the Europa League.

Another that didn’t get to feature in the game was 22-year old Ghanaian midfielder, Majid Ashimeru.

Red Bull Salzburg are Austria’s biggest team and one with a rich talent pool. It has helped the rise of African talents in the past with some of them being Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, Moussa Diakité and a host of others.

The team has a solid recruitment system in Mali and Senegal and has recently snapped up Zambians. Salzburg also has 18-year old Nigerian youngster, Tijani Kazeem who has been loaned out to Hartsberg, a club in the Austrian top flight.

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