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Buhari Asks UAE Govt to Remove Travel Ban on Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to remove the blanket visa ban placed on Nigerians.

Investors King recalls that the UAE government enacted visa ban on citizens of Nigeria and 20 other African countries which took effect from October 18, 2022. The government had directed that all visa applications from the named countries should be sent back or cancelled.

Buhari made the travel ban removal appeal to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the Emir of Abu Dhabi through a telephone call on Monday.

The Nigerian President had called to condole with his UAE counterpart on the death of his mother-in-law, Sheikha Maryam Al Falasi after which he raised the issue of creating cordial relations between the two countries beginning with lifting the visa ban.  

In a statement issued by the presidential spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, giving the details of the conversation, Buhari urged Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to review the visa ban on citizens of Nigeria in order to ease the restriction in travelling to the UAE.

President Buhari stated that before now smooth mutual relations had existed between the two countries for several years which had brought about economic growth and beneficial discussions or engagements on salient matters of common interest.

He pointed out that the bilateral relations that existed began to drain when some Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates began to misbehave against their conducts.

Buhari, who said no nation including Nigeria will condone criminal activities and illegal acts, averred that the Nigerian government is ready to apply appropriate penalties through judicial processes against anyone nabbed for criminal acts in the UAE.

He requested that such criminal matters should be allowed to be handled by the relevant security/intelligence agencies of the two countries who will proffer solutions to curb the spread of criminality. 

Buhari further appealed for the suspended Emirates Airline in Nigeria to resume its operations.

Investors King gathered that in 2022, Emirates Airline suspended its operations in Nigeria due to the non-retrieval of its funds in the country.

President Buhari emphasised that the trapped funds of the airline are being investigated as well as those of other foreign airlines operating in Nigeria.

The UAE President was assured that the Emirates Airline foreign exchange allocation will be increased by the Central Bank of Nigeria when it resumes operation.

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Air Peace Flight Delayed, Passengers Stranded After Failed Promise of Hotel Stay

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Passengers aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Owerri found themselves in a state of disarray and frustration after a series of delays and unmet promises left them stranded without accommodations.

What was supposed to be a routine flight scheduled to depart Abuja at 4:30 PM and arrive in Owerri at 5:30 PM turned into a nightmare as the flight was delayed until 6:18 PM due to a reported lack of a pilot.

However, midway through the journey, passengers were informed that the flight couldn’t proceed to Owerri because the airport there would close by 6:40 PM.

The flight was forced to return to Abuja, where passengers endured further uncertainty as they waited for over 20 minutes to receive any communication from the airline. Eventually, they were informed of plans to provide a bus to transport them to a hotel for accommodation.

However, this promise was not fulfilled, leaving passengers stranded and scattered around the airport.

One passenger, who had already experienced delays with another airline earlier in the day, expressed frustration at the lack of accountability and protection for travelers.

The incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by passengers in Nigeria’s domestic aviation sector and raises questions about the adequacy of regulations to safeguard passengers’ rights.

Attempts to reach Air Peace for comment on the situation were unsuccessful at the time of reporting.

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Emirates Halts Check-Ins Amid Severe Weather Disruption

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Emirates, the largest international airline, has taken the unprecedented step of halting all passenger check-ins for the day.

The move comes as the emirate grapples with severe weather disturbances, including heavy rainfall and storms, leading to widespread travel chaos in one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.

The airline announced that check-ins for all passengers would be suspended from 8 am local time until midnight, as the adverse weather conditions continue to wreak havoc on travel plans.

Despite the disruption, Emirates assured that transit passengers would still be allowed to proceed to their connecting flights.

Dubai, known for its modern infrastructure and bustling aviation industry, has been brought to a standstill by the relentless rainfall and storms.

The inclement weather has resulted in delayed or diverted flights, leaving travelers stranded and adding to the existing challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic.

Emirates has pledged to exert all efforts to restore its scheduled operations and provide support to affected customers amidst the chaos.

However, the extent of the disruption caused by the adverse weather conditions underscores the resilience and adaptability required to navigate unforeseen challenges in the aviation sector.

As the situation unfolds, authorities and airline personnel are working tirelessly to mitigate the impact of the severe weather on travel operations and ensure the safety and well-being of passengers.

Despite the temporary setback, Emirates remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of service excellence and operational efficiency, even in the face of unprecedented challenges posed by Mother Nature.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group Celebrates 78 Years of Excellence and Innovation

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Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s leading airline organization, commemorated its 78th anniversary with a tribute to its rich history of resilience and innovation since its inception in 1946.

Led by its Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, and Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Lemma Yadecha, the airline marked this significant milestone with a special flight to Cairo, retracing its inaugural international service route.

Reflecting on the occasion, CEO Mesfin Tasew emphasized the airline’s enduring commitment to passenger service and servant leadership.

He highlighted Ethiopian’s journey from modest beginnings to becoming a pioneering force in African aviation, introducing numerous innovations along the way. Tasew’s sentiment encapsulated the airline’s ethos of prioritizing passenger satisfaction and continuous improvement.

In keeping with its tradition of community engagement, Ethiopian Airlines distributed Seasons Greeting Packages and Happy Fasting Messages to passengers, embracing the diverse cultural backgrounds of its travelers.

This gesture underscored the airline’s dedication to fostering unity and inclusivity among its passengers, transcending geographical boundaries.

Chief Commercial Officer, Lemma Yadecha, emphasized the airline’s mission to go beyond transportation, aiming to create a sense of belonging for all passengers.

By assuming roles typically held by ground and flight crew members, Ethiopian Airlines honored its dedicated staff and the countless individuals who contributed to its success over the past 78 years.

As Ethiopian Airlines celebrates this historic milestone, it reaffirms its commitment to service excellence and innovation in the aviation industry, promising to continue leading Africa’s skies with distinction and pride.

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