By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Determined to strengthen the economic, social and cultural ties between Nigeria and the United States of America (USA), the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Wednesday gave the approval for the ratification of the Air Transport Agreement between both friendly nations.
This much was disclosed after the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while briefing State House Correspondents on the decisions reached at the meeting.
Mohammed said: “The Aviation Minister presented a memo today (Wednesday) on the approval of ratification for the Air Transport Agreement between the federal government of Nigeria and the United States of America. The minister sought council approval for ratification of this Air Transport Agreement between USA and Nigeria.
“You will recall that both United States and Nigeria are parties to the Chicago convention on the 7, December, 1994. Article 6 of the convention actually urge parties to sign Air Services Agreement with member states to improve social, political and economic ties.
“The US has signed its own and Mr President and Council graciously accepted today to also ratify this approval, so as of today as soon as Mr President signed valid agreement of Air Transport Service between Nigeria and the US with the attendant benefits for both countries, especially as Nigeria is working towards having its own full national airline.
So, we will now take advantage of this air services and transport by this bilateral agreement to strengthen economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries”.