- President Bola Tinubu has secured the immediate cessation of the visa ban placed on Nigerian travellers
- The agreement was reached after Tinubu met with the President of the United Arab Emirate
- The deal also considers the immediate commencement of flight operations by Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines
The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn its visa ban earlier placed on Nigerians intending to travel to the Arab country.
The cessation of the visa ban follows a crucial meeting held by Nigeria's President, Bola Tinubu and President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
It would be recalled that President Tinubu left Nigeria for UAE to resolve the diplomatic issues that resulted in flight suspension and travel ban on Nigerians.
This was disclosed in a press statement released by the special adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Monday, September 11, 2023.
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Etihad, Emirates to resume flights to and from Nigeria
According to Ngelale, the landmark accord also requires Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines to promptly recommence their flight operations to and from Nigeria, with no additional postponements.
As per the arrangement the respective country leaders reached, the swift reinstatement of flight services between the two nations via both carriers would not entail any immediate financial obligations on the part of the Nigerian government.
UAE to invest millions of dollars in Nigeria's economy
Acknowledging President Tinubu's commitment to fostering economic development through diplomacy, and in light of the proposals he has presented to his counterpart today, both leaders have established a mutually agreed framework.
This framework outlines plans for substantial investments, totalling billions of U.S. dollars, in various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
These investments will be facilitated by the investment entities affiliated with the United Arab Emirates government, spanning areas such as defence, agriculture, and more.
Additionally, President Tinubu is pleased to have successfully negotiated a joint, new foreign exchange liquidity programme between the two Governments, which will be announced in detail in the coming weeks.
In closing, the President extends his sincere appreciation to UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering friendship and steadfast commitment to collaborating in the complete normalisation and elevation of diplomatic relations between the two significant nations.
Nigerians 'locked in room' cry out for help as UAE stops under 35 from entering the country
In related news, Legit.ng reported that an increasing number of young Nigerians have turned to social media platforms for aid following the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government's decision to deny them entry into the country.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a surge in online content, including videos and images, portraying instances of Nigerians, particularly those aged below 35, being compelled to spend the night at airports.
The occurrences stem from the stricter visa regulations recently imposed by the UAE for Nigerian nationals.
The new regulations were instituted after a public disturbance in Dubai involving a group primarily composed of individuals purportedly of Nigerian origin.