FG Signs Bilateral Air Service Agreements with US, Three Others
By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government has announced signing bilateral air service agreements (BASA) with four countries; the United States of America, India, Morocco, and Rwanda.
This was announced by the Minister for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday, explaining that President Muhammadu Buhari had appended his signature to the instruments of ratification on September 30.
He wrote on Twitter, “I am glad to announce that Mr President, on behalf of Nigeria, has signed the instruments of ratification of the bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and USA, India, Morocco as well as Rwanda.”
The Aviation Minister also shared the documents from the agreements with the four nations.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on July 29 ratified the air transport agreement between Nigeria and the United States at its virtual meeting.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, had told reporters at the end of the meeting that with the ratification, Nigeria will take advantage of the agreement to strengthen economic, social and cultural ties with the US.
A BASA is an air transport agreement between two countries and it liberalises commercial civil aviation services between the concerned nations by allowing designated airlines to operate commercial flights, covering transportation of passengers and cargoes.