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Buhari signs air service agreements with USA, 3 other countries


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreements, BASA, with the United States of America, India, Morocco and Rwanda.

The Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who disclosed the signing via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, released copies of the agreement signed on September 30.

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“I am glad to announce that Mr. President, on behalf of Nigeria, has signed the instruments of ratification of the bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and USA, India, Morocco as well as Rwanda,” the minister tweeted.

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Recall that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, had on July 29 ratified the air transport agreement between Nigeria and the United States at its virtual meeting.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that with the ratification, Nigeria would take advantage of the agreement to strengthen economic, social and cultural ties with the US.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that a BASA is an air transport agreement between two countries and it liberalises commercial civil aviation services between the concerned nations by allowing designated airlines to operate commercial flights, covering transportation of passengers and cargoes.

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