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The outgoing brought more harsh news for the Nigerian economy. The naira depreciated further against the dollar, the economy recorded losses as more companies flew out of the country. But there were other important news during the week, too.

In case you miss any of them, we’ve got a summary for you.

Ghana Airline

Ghana Airline

For starters, Nigeria lost its status as the aviation hub in West Africa to Ghana, a neighbouring country. Already, the revenue that accrued to Nigeria from the fuelling of aircraft and accommodation of cabin crews of foreign airlines has been taken over by Ghana, which now provides these services.

In The Guardian editorial of August 21, it was explained that there were fears that more companies would exit the country except the Federal Government addresses the problem to reduce the forex policy’s impact on the airlines and, indeed, the travel industry as a whole. An enabling environment thus needs to be created for the aviation and tourism industry to flourish.

Managing Director, AMCON, Ahmed Kuru

Managing Director, AMCON, Ahmed Kuru

Unfortunately, efforts of the Federal Government at shoring up economic activities through debt recovery from individuals and organisations are not adding up. High-profile debtors are using the courts to mount blocks in the way of government. The Guardian learnt that at least 10 of such individuals, referred to as the “big boys”, are collectively owing the government about N1 trillion, which is about 17 per cent of the N6 trillion 2016 national budget.

Chief Justice of Nigeria Mahmud Mohammed

Chief Justice of Nigeria Mahmud Mohammed

The judges, who these big boys run to, we learnt during the week, actually  work less than  four months in a year. When all the days they go on holiday and vacation are computed, judges in Nigerian courts work just about 104 days in a year.

Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) governor Godwin Emefiele.   / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) governor Godwin Emefiele. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

The Central Bank of Nigeria, on its part, acted decisively to ensure that the defaulters are held accountable. It sanctioned some banks for their refusal to remit outstanding $2.334 billion Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) funds in their coffers.

The real estate sector also got his share of bad news.  It is a dire situation as operators in the real sector have to deal with hydra-headed challenges of low purchasing power from consumers, inflation and a high cost of doing business.

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 17, 2016 shows the Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304 Airlander 10 hybrid airship in the air over a road on its maiden flight from Cardington Airfield near Bedford, north of London.  The world's largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test-flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft's manufacturer.  / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 17, 2016 shows the Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304 Airlander 10 hybrid airship in the air over a road on its maiden flight from Cardington Airfield near Bedford, north of London. The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test-flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Just like the Nigerian economy, the world largest aircraft also suffered damages during the week. The aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer.

(FILES) This file screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town.  Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message on August 4, 2016 he is around despite his reported ouster as leader of the Nigeria-based jihadist group by the Islamic State (IS)."People should know we are still around," Shekau said in a 10-minute audio message.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO

(FILES) This file screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town. / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO

But it was not all doom and gloom for Nigeria. The military recorded another major success in the fight against Boko Haram in the northeast of the country as some commanders of Boko Haram terror group were killed in an airstrike while the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, was reportedly seriously wounded.

However, some Nigerians had moments of an escape as the La Liga kicked off with the usual leaders – Real Madrid and Barcelona – laying down their marker.

Robots beat man at footballBut the likes of Gareth Bale who led the charge for Real Madrid may not stand a chance against the robots created by researchers at a Swiss University. In table football, at least. The researchers created robots that have consistently thrashed men in table football. 

People who suffer from rheumatic fever may not stand a chance especially if they suffer, also.  But the good news, as we were told at the beginning of the week,  is that rheumatic fever can be prevented  by practising clean hygiene. 


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