August 16, 2022

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Air Peace: Nigerian Ambassador seeks China’s leisure of journey limitations


The Nigerian Ambassador to the Folks’s Republic of China, Baba Ahmad Jidda, has recommended the governments of China and Nigeria for deepening bilateral ties between each international locations by means of the approval of Air Peace’s scheduled, industrial flights to Guangzhou-China, which commenced July 13, 2022.

The diplomat additionally referred to as on the Chinese language authorities to calm down the journey restrictions for Nigerians keen to fly to the Asian nation.

Jidda made the decision throughout a courtesy go to to the Chairman of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema, on the airline’s headquarters in Lagos the place he famous that the approval for Air Peace to launch flights into China was given on the power of the Bilateral Air Providers Settlement signed between each international locations that took about 4 years earlier than the settlement was lastly applied.

The Ambassador, who lauded the efforts of the Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and people of his Chinese language counterpart, Wang Yi, burdened that rather a lot went into getting Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, to lastly join each international locations by means of air journey.

He stated “I wish to say that as an envoy, we nonetheless have a lot to do to assist Air Peace to function comfortably for the good thing about all Nigerians and the Chinese language. To date, the Chinese language are benefitting tremendously from the operations of Air Peace as a result of Nigerians are having some problem in acquiring visas.

I, due to this fact, wish to use this medium to plead with the Embassy of China in Abuja, to contemplate enjoyable restrictions on Nigerians, such that Nigerians can be given visas and they’ll now fly Air Peace and the market of Air Peace will broaden. This, to us, is essential.”

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Ambassador Jidda added that “Lastly, I wish to thank the Authorities of the Folks’s Republic of China and the Authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for making this historic approval of direct flight between Nigeria and the Folks’s Republic of China”, Jidda asserted.

In his remarks, Onyema expressed delight over the go to of the Ambassador and emphasised the pivotal function he performed in making certain that Air Peace acquired the statutory nod to kick off the China route.

Applauding the great assist of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, in direction of the airline, the philanthropist CEO harped on the necessity for Nigerians to jettison their ethnic variations and assist each other.

He affirmed: “That is why I’ve at all times believed within the unity of this nation. I’m Onyema from the South East. You’re Alhaji Baba Ahmad Jidda from North East. You have got been preventing for me. You have got been preventing for this Air Peace owned by an Igbo man. And right now, we now have it, the China route.

“Right now, I wish to use this chance to inform Nigerians {that a} Northerner fought for it. A Northerner within the particular person of the Minister of Aviation Alhaji Sirika, who gave Air Peace the designation to do the China route. Additionally, a Northerner, our President authorized all these and made certain you, Your Excellency, represented the nation so properly there to make sure a Nigerian airline acquired this approval. You stood your floor. Even after we weren’t contacting you, you have been working behind the scenes to ensure this occurred”.

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