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SGF wants UAE to lift travel restrictions against Nigeria, describes action as discriminatory

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The Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, has called on the United Arab Emirates, UAE, to remove the Covid-19 travel protocols against Nigerians.

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Recall that in March, the federal government banned Emirates airline from operating in Nigeria over its refusal to fly passengers without a pre-boarding rapid diagnostic test, RDTs

Mr Mustapha made the call at the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, briefing in Abuja.

He said: “The federal government is currently in talks with its UAE counterpart on the possibility of resuming reciprocal international flights.

“For some time now Nigeria has been discussing with the authorities of the UAE, Emirates on the resumption of flights between the two countries.

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”The PSC will urge the United Arab Emirates to remove the country-specific and discriminatory practices against Nigeria.

“Discussions are however ongoing and we can assure Nigerians that the outcome will be in the interest of the country,” he added.

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