The Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC), on COVID-19 said the Federal Government is in discussion with the United Arabs Emirates(UAE), to remove the discriminatory travel protocols against Nigerians and a restart of flight operations between the two countries.
The PSC Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha who disclosed this in Abuja stated; “The federal government is currently in talks with its UAE counterpart on the possibility of resuming reciprocal international flights.
“For some time now, Nigeria has been discussing with the authorities of the UAE, Emirates on the resumption of flights between the two countries.
“The PSC will urge the United Arab Emirates to remove the country-specific and discriminatory practices against Nigeria.
“Discussions are however on-going and we can assure Nigerians that the outcome will be in the interest of the country”, he said.
Recall that the UAE in February 2021, suspended the airlifting of passengers from Nigeria to Dubai but stated that airlines can airlift passengers from Dubai to Nigeria as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The ban on international flights from Nigeria by the UAE authorities was further extended in the month of March.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had on February 5 barred the Emirates airline from Nigeria, due to non-compliance with Covid-19 protocols as well as the introduction of rapid antigen test as a requirement for Dubai travellers against the Nigerian government’s negative PCR requirements.