- British authority has lifted the lids on why Air Peace was denied operation in the UK
- The Nigerian airline was billed to take some stranded Nigerians back home but was not allowed operation
- Amid mounting specks of dust, British high commission said the decision taken was technical amid Covid-19 scourge
Government of the United Kingdom has explained the reason Air Peace, a private Nigerian airline, was denied operational access in the UK.
Recall that in what came as a shock, Air Peace was denied access to land in the UK where it was billed to convey some stranded Nigerians back home.
But in a statement released by the UK high commission in Nigeria on Twitter on Friday, July 17, the UK government said the decision on the Air Peace was made on technicality considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
The British commission said it has spoken with parties involved including the minister of aviation Hadi Sirika, minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and authority of Air Peace.
It further explained that the move will strengthen the cordial relationship between Nigeria and the government of the United Kingdom.
"Lots of speculation about UK not allowing Air Peace to operate from UK. Our senior team spoke this week to Geoffrey Onyeama, Hadi Sirika and the CEO of Air Peace to explain decision-based on technical approvals & express desire to strengthen collaboration on aviation issues.
We understand concerns in the difficult #COVID-19 context and are very glad Air Peace found a solution to get Nigerians home from the UK on another carrier," the tweet read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government said it has set the wheel on the move by taking the necessary action following a distress call that Nigerian students in the United Kingdom are being forced to eat expired foods.
A social media user, Sadiq Cyrus, had called the attention of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), to the development.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, July 16, Sadiq said the Nigerian students, who are in the UK on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship, were being left with no other option than eating expired food.
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