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FG faults ban as UAE lifts travel suspension on Nigeria, others



FEDERAL government has slammed United Arab Emirate suspension of the travel ban it imposed on Nigeria, saying it was uncalled for in the first instance.

  Expressing government’s displeasure with the development however, Technical Head of Presidential Steering Committee, Mukhtar Muhammed, said the ban was an affront on Nigeria.

  According to him, the suspension and its lifting were political gimmicks apart from being discriminatory since European countries with high index cases of the coronavirus were not affected by the move.

  “The decision to suspend flight from Nigeria and other African countries had no scientific basis; it was just a discriminatory move. What they did was not fair because we did not see any of the countries that have a high prevalence rate in Europe were affected by that decision. As far as we are concerned, it was just a political move. Now that the ban has been lifted, we would look at their conditions and we will also make sure they comply with our own. We have our protocol in place, and we expect anybody coming into the country to comply with them,” he said.

  It will be recalled that United Arab Emirates has lifted its travel bank on Nigeria and 11 other African countries.

  The 12 countries affected by the ban were Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

  The UAE officials said all inbound flights from Nigeria and 11 other countries would resume after the indefinite ban that was triggered by the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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