The Nigerian Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmad Jidda, has urged the Chinese government to relax the travel restriction placed on Nigerians as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 infection.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the chairman of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema, at the airline’s headquarters in Lagos, Ambassador Jidda, said Nigerians are facing difficulties securing Chinese visa due to the travel restrictions.
He said, “I want to say that as an ambassador, we still have much to do to support Air Peace to operate comfortably for the benefit of all Nigerians and the Chinese.
So far, the Chinese are benefitting tremendously from the operations of Air Peace because Nigerians are having some difficulty in obtaining visas. I, therefore, want to use this medium to plead with the Embassy of China in Abuja, to consider relaxing restrictions on Nigerians, such that Nigerians will be given visa and they will now fly Air Peace and the market of Air Peace will expand. This, to us, is very important.”
The envoy also commended the governments of China and Nigeria for deepening bilateral ties between both countries through the approval of Air Peace’s scheduled, commercial flights to Guangzhou-China, which commenced on July 13, 2022.
He noted that the approval for Air Peace to launch flights into China was given on the strength of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), signed between both countries, though, he said it took about 4 years before the agreement was finally implemented.