In a historic development, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted the visa ban on Nigerian travelers with immediate effect.
This significant change in policy comes after President Bola Tinubu engaged in productive discussions with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The agreement reached between the two leaders marks the end of the visa ban imposed on Nigerian travelers.
As a result of this breakthrough, both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines will promptly resume their flight schedules to and from Nigeria.
Additionally, the agreement includes substantial investments of several billions of U.S. dollars in various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
These investments will cover areas such as defense, agriculture, and more, facilitated by the investment arms of the UAE government.
Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), confirmed these agreements in a statement.
He emphasized that the restoration of flight activity and the economic investments do not require an immediate payment by the Nigerian government.
Furthermore, a joint foreign exchange liquidity program between the two governments, as negotiated by President Tinubu, is in the works and will be detailed in the coming weeks.
President Tinubu expressed his appreciation for UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s friendship and commitment to improving relations between the two nations, aiming to elevate them to a standard of excellence.
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