The Federal Government has threatened to impose sanctions against international airline operators that flout the nation’s local immigration regulations.
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, warned such companies of “dire consequences.”
He made this statement in Abuja where he met officials from the Emirates Group.
“Government cannot continue to condone the practice of subjecting Nigerians to all forms of suffering,” the minister said.
“Either by making them walk long distances before boarding or using small aircrafts that would not carry them along with their luggage to their destinations.”
According to Sirika, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had been given the nod to invoke all relevant laws to protect the interest and rights of Nigerians and others from being flagrantly abused the airlines.
He gave assurance that the on-going construction of the second terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja would be ready before the end of the year.
He stated that its completion would improve the comfort and convenience of both airline operators and the flying public.