US BAN ON NIGERIA AIR’S OPERATION SHAKERS

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Aviation experts have weighed in over the proposed plan by the United States to place visa restriction on Nigeria and six other countries, saying that the action may not affect the operations of Delta Air in the country.

The chief Executive officer of Centurion Security, Caption John Ojikutu, told Daily Sun that if the US moves ahead with its plans, it is likely not going to affect Delta Airline’s operations in Nigeria. Delta Airline is a US airline that has been operating in Nigeria for decades.

Ojikutu said that if the Federal Government retaliates by restricting Delta Air from carrying out flight operations, it will serve no purpose as more Nigerians will be affected by it.

US BAN ON NIGERIA AIR’S OPERATION SHAKERS
US BAN ON NIGERIA AIR’S OPERATION SHAKERS

Responding by restricting US Airline will serve no significant purpose; how many US citizens travel on the direct Delta flights to Nigeria? Less than 10 per cent and not as much as Nigerians. Can we respond on trade? Probably not effectively except we have marketed for our oil outside the US. If we can get a better market and good values for our oil with the EU, Chinese or even contemporary African States, we call off the US bluff.

Note we have no Nigerian airlines too flying to the US or reciprocating the Delta flights. If we stop Delta, Nigerians travelling to the US may have to increase their transit movements through Europe and the Middle East; additional travelling hours and costs. We have a lot to benefit by not doing anything that could make the US government stop Delta flights operations to Nigeria.

‘’Any negative action can only affect Nigerians. How many Americans would you find or count on the Delta flights to Nigeria daily or annually compared to Nigerians? If we cannot fight the Americans with our oil and gas now, we should keep our heads down by licking our wounds’’, Ojikutu counselled.

US BAN ON NIGERIA AIR’S OPERATION SHAKERS
US BAN ON NIGERIA AIR’S OPERATION SHAKERS

Another expert, Alex Nwuba, said if such an action is taken, it will only make the government sit up and look inward to address the country’s own challenges.  Nwuba said: ‘’frankly we should meet our international obligations to ensure that we are treated fairly and can justify any action we chose to take. If as a Nation we aren’t taking steps to that our economy supports the needs and aspirations of the citizens who then willing to flee or violate their terms of entry then will face a natural repercussion of a ban.

On the other hand, if we cooperating to ensure that our citizens meet the terms of their travel arrangements visa etc., we can then be in a position to challenge or demand such a possibility. Until we look inwards to address our own challenges, we will be searching among friends for solutions to our problems.

Daily sun contacted the spokesperson of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurogboye to know if the agency plans on taking any retaliatory measures against Delta Air, but he said they were waiting for events to unfold and act according to the Federal Government policy.

‘’NCAA exists to, among other things, enforce governments policy on aviation. The issue you raised falls within that realm government to government. We will wait and watch to see how things unfold and act accordingly in line with the Federal Government policy’’, Adurogboye said.

 

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