The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after talks with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday has lifted the travel ban on Nigerian travellers.
This comes 11 months after the ban was imposed in October 2022.
In a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, it was resolved that both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines will resume flights schedules into and out of Nigeria, immediately.
“As negotiated between the two Heads of State,this immediate restoration of flight activity,through these two airlines and betweenthe two countries,does not involve any immediate payment by the Nigerian government.
“In recognition of President Tinubu’s economic development diplomacy drive and proposals today presented by President Tinubu to his counterpart, an agreed framework has been established,which will involve several billions of U.S. dollars worth of new investments into the Nigerian economy across multiple sectors, including defense, agriculture and others, by the investment arms of the Government of the United Arab Emirates.”the statement read.
The statement noted Tinubu has successfully negotiated a joint, new foreign exchange liquidity programme between the two Governments which will be announced in detail in the coming weeks.