The Federal Government on Wednesday approved the ratification of Air transport agreement between Nigeria and the United States.
The air transport bilateral agreement is aimed at strengthening economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced this while speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the 10th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and coordinated from the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mohammed, who stood in for the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said: “The Aviation Minister presented a memo today (Wednesday) on the approval for ratification of the air transport agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United States of America.
“The minister sought council’s approval for ratification of the air transport agreement between USA and Nigeria.
“You will recall that both United States and Nigeria are parties to the Chicago Convention on the 7th of December, 1994. Article 6 of the convention actually urges parties to sign air services agreement with member states to improve social, political and economic ties.
“The U.S has ratified its own and Mr President and council graciously accepted today to also ratify this agreement.”
Mohammed explained that the agreement of Air transport service between Nigeria and the U.S. would bring a lot of benefits especially as Nigeria is working towards having its own national airline.
“We will now take advantage of this air transport bilateral agreement to strengthen economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.”