FG Set to Support Local Airlines

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The Federal government, through the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace, has made a promise to assist and support Nigerian airlines.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, represented by the Director of Air Transport Management of the Ministry, Hassan Ejibunu, said this at a reception put together by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to celebrate the commencement of direct flights between Nigeria and the Caribbean nations by Air Peace Airline recently.

A statement signed by the ministry’s Head Press, Public Relations, Oluseyi Odutayo, revealed that the Federal Government continues to initiate and implement policies that ensure Nigerian airlines benefit from the Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed between Nigeria and other countries.

The statement added, “Meribole commended Air Peace for the historic feat and yet another milestone recorded for both countries, which were known to be bounded by common ancestries.

“He added that the journey would further strengthen the relationship of both countries in the areas of commerce, trade, and tourism while acknowledging the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Antiguan/Barbudan authorities for approving the designation of Air Peace by the Nigerian Aeronautical Authorities to fly the Nigerian-Antiguan route.”

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gatson Browne in his remark said it is a new dawn for both Nigeria and Antigua, as he emphasised on the ancestral linkage between the Caribbean nations and Africa, which he referred to as the Motherland.

He said Antigua and Barbuda was home to every African and his government desires to promote economic and bilateral ties with African nations within the context of South-South cooperation.

He therefore urged members of the business community from Nigeria and potential investors to take advantage of the favourable economic policy of his government and be the first to invest in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Prime Minister further revealed that the country was in collaboration with Air Peace Airline to kick off an airline known as LIAT 2020, which is set to commence flight operations soon.

“The airline on commencement of operations would operate in the entire Caribbean countries thus making air connectivity between Africa, the entire Caribbean countries and America stress-free,” he added.

Speaking earlier, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director, Economic, Trade and Investment, Bolaji Akinremi, said the development marked the beginning of a new found relationship between Antigua and Barbuda as well as the entire Caribbean countries, and that the air connectivity was in sync with the foreign policy of President Bola Tinubu to integrate the economy of African nations.

He concluded by stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to foster the new found relationship by promoting bilateral meetings between the business communities of both counties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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