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The Nigerian Governmnet has explained the reasons why United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned flight from Nigeria to Dubai.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation reveals this on Monday while briefing the presidential steering Committee on Covid-19 in FCT Abuja.

The minister accused the UAE of discriminatory protocols, insisting that Emirates and other airlines, including KLM, gave conditions unacceptable to Nigeria.

He added that talks were ongoing to resolve the matter.

“Emirates wanted us to do the test 48 hours before boarding, and 48 hours is not yet the incubation time.

“They expect us to do a rapid test at the airport, fly seven hours later and then follow us to our hotel or our accommodation and do another test when we arrive Dubai.

“The protocol, unscientific, appeared targeted at only Nigerians.

“They also insisted that in addition to the test on arrival and other tests, that Nigerians cannot fly to UAE except through Emirates airlines. However, they made it clear that if we choose to do so through other airlines we must remain in the country of that airline for two weeks if we are Nigerians before we can enter Dubai.

“What this means is that if Nigerians buy ticket on Ethiopian airline, they must remain in Addis Ababa for two weeks, whether they have a visa or not, before proceeding to Dubai.

“We honestly think Its too much considering the fact that majority of Nigerians are petty traders, and the ticket of Emirates, in this case, maybe higher than other airlines,” he said.

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