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Senate Moves To Resolve Diplomatic Row Between Nigeria,UAE.

BoomRadioNG | November 17, 2021
The Senate on Tuesday resolved to mediate in the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, following disagreements between both countries.
The decision was reached sequel to a point of order by the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, during plenary.
Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe,

Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe,

The intervention came at a time the Federal Government announced the possible resumption of flights between both countries.
Abaribe recalled that a memorandum of understanding was executed between Nigeria and the UAE to provide a platform for both countries to engage each other bilaterally.
The lawmaker noted that in February 2021, the federal government of Nigeria stopped the UAE national carrier, emirates airline from subjecting Nigerian travelers to additional rapid antigen test as against its stipulated negative PCR test at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure.
According to Abaribe, Emirates airline then shut down flights to and from Nigeria owing to the disagreement between the airline and the aviation authorities on the propriety of subjecting passengers travelling from Nigeria to emergency COVID-19 protocols.

Nigeria Senate
photo credit: Nigeria Senate

He, however, said that after an interface between the authorities of the aviation ministry and Emirates airline, flights resumed but Emirates airline continued to conduct test for passengers before departure from Nigeria, a development the Federal Government frowned on and thus suspended the airline from flying to and from Nigeria.
However, the Federal Government on Monday announced possible resumption of flights between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, UAE.
Speaking at a media briefing, Mukhtar Muhammad, national incident manager of the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on COVID-19, said both countries had agreed on the reviewed travel guidelines and conditions imposed by the UAE government.
Ademola Adejuwon

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