Why We Banned UAE Flights – FG

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Federal Government has debunked reports that the United Arab Emirates placed a travel ban on Nigerian flights, noting that the Nigerian Government placed a ban on the UAE first due to the terms and conditions laid down by the Emirate.

Recall that on June 9, the United Arab Emirates announced a lift on travel ban between Dubai and Nigeria after a prolonged dispute between both countries on Covid-19 protocols.

According to the UAE, travelers from Nigeria must undergo multiple other COVID-19 tests after the initial test in Nigeria.

A message from the Dubai Media Office while announcing the resumption of flight between the two countries on Saturday said, passengers from Nigeria were now expected to ‘have received a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure’.

However, Emirates in a statement it released on June 21 reversed its initial stance on resumption of flights.

The Emirates statement read, “In line with government directives, passengers flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with immediate effect from 21 June, 2021 until further notice.”

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The Secretary of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Muhammed, in an interview with Punch on Thursday, said the Federal Government had placed a ban on the Emirates before an announcement came from the UAE.

He said, “I believe the Minister of Aviation has provided detailed information to Nigerians about all that has happened between Nigeria and UAE.

“There were ongoing consultations and we were engaging them. The ban is not from UAE. Nigeria is the one who didn’t allow them to come in with their flights because of their discriminations towards Nigeria.

“It is not scientifically right and it is quite discriminatory and that was what we wanted them to address.

“We were waiting for them to address that issue when we saw on the news that they had now banned Nigeria.

“So, actually it is not UAE banning Nigeria; it was Nigeria that banned UAE because we were not comfortable with the conditions laid down by UAE and that is why we did not allow them to resume flights.”

Source: Punch

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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