FG Accuses UAE of Discriminating Against Nigerians Over COVID Protocols

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has accused the United Arabs Emirates of discriminating against Nigerians in its covid-19 protocols.

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19  expressed worry with alleged  adoption of double standards by  the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  in its enforcement of its COVID-19 protocol for visitors.

The PSC said on Monday in Abuja said that UAE prevented Nigerians from travelling directly from their country to Dubai and UAE’s other cities.

The  Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, made this known  at a briefing by the committee.

The government of UAE had said it would allow citizens of other countries like Benin Republic and Ghana, to travel directly from their countries to Dubai, but disallowed Nigerians citizens.

Sirika said  that the COVID-19 protocol set for Nigeria by UAE was not same as what UAE announced for other nations, in spite of Nigeria’s  achievements in the fight against the Coronavirus.

According to him,  investigations revealed that the protocol set for Nigeria was different from that of  other West African nations.

He said that was the reason many Nigerians  travelled through the country’s neighbours, Benin Republic and Ghana.

“Nigeria has no issue with Emirates, but against the preferential treatment,” he added.

Earlier, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PSC, said that the Federal Government would continue to dialogue with representatives of the UAE on the issue.

Mustapha said that protection of the interests of Nigerians remained Nigerian Government’s primary focus.

“The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation will continue to dialogue with the representatives of the UAE to resolve the issue of Emirates flights between Nigeria and the UAE.

“Protection of the interest of Nigerians remains our primary focus,” he said. 

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