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Visa ban between Nigeria, UAE resolved – Keyamo

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has said the issue of the travel ban between the United Arab Emirates, UAE, and Nigeria have been resolved.

 

Keyamo said the resolution would be disclosed in a few weeks.

He disclosed this while addressing journalists at the welcome dinner for delegates attending the International Air Transport Association, IATA, 80 Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Dubai, weekend.

He said both governments are fine-tuning the processes for lifting the visa ban.

According to Keyamo: “The issue of visa has been resolved, just the announcement remains. They want to dot the I’s and cross the T’s. The announcement will be made in a couple of weeks.

“The UAE is considered as a very important partner in Nigeria. Nigerians have a lot of stakes here in the UAE with a lot of investments. What we are doing is to make sure that we make it easy for millions of Nigerians who have put a lot of pressure on us to ensure that we open up this route again. Second, to make the visa application easier. I am sure you can see the way I was received here. That is to tell you how they value Nigeria.

“I was on the same ride with the ruler of Dubai, the Minister and the head of Emirates Group and all the top shots of Emirates. There was no other person given that privilege here. That is to tell you how much they value us and they want Nigeria to see it in that light. They have opened up again to us. They have started to trust us again, and I want to say thank you to them. I will take it from here on.”





 

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