When the Federal Government threatened to ban Turkish Airlines from operating in Nigeria over disdain treatment shown to Nigeria’s passengers over time, a lot of critics had thought the statement would soon be reversed like others witnessed in the past.
Many must have been shocked that the government through the Ministry of Aviation stood its ground, shut its doors against the European airline till it was ready to comply with the rule. Eventually, when the Airline’s plane touched the ground at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Friday night, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, could not hold it but to go on Twitter to announce the feat.
On his Twitter handle, he said, “Turkish Air operated A330 to Abuja as against the small B737 in apparent response to our suspension order. We needed not to get to this, anyways …”
Going forward, Sirika boasted that no foreign airline operator would henceforth be allowed to treat Nigerian travellers with disdain.
In a statement issued and signed by the Director, Public Affairs in the ministry, the minister further warned other airline operators to take a cue from the recent Turkish Airlines’ experience.
“Following the threat by the nation’s aviation regulators to ban its operations in Nigeria, Turkish Airlines last night flew into Abuja with a bigger aircraft A330 as against the usual smaller B737.
“Officials of the airline, alarmed by the prospect of losing their Nigerian market, had rushed into a meeting with the Nigerian authorities to pledge total commitment,” he said.
The minister also noted that the organisation had tried to comply with the conditions given to it in order to continue its operations in Nigeria,
What really happened: The minister disclosed that Turkish airlines had been notorious for the shabby treatment of Nigerian travellers over time.
He added that such behaviours by the airline had always given rise to security issues at the airports with protests by affected passengers.
The minister, however, said the airline had now shown commitment to improving its treatment of Nigerian travellers by operating a bigger and more comfortable aircraft.
Sirika promised Nigerians better flying experiences as the nation’s aviation industry was set to undergo major developments in the coming years with the implementation of the stakeholder-developed roadmap.
Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.
The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.
According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.
He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.
”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”
Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.
He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
Update: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo get COVID-19 vaccine shots
President Buhari and VP Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Buhari and VP, who received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Live TV broadcast, urged Nigerians to emulate him and do the same to curb the pandemic in the most populous black nation.
Both were administered their jabs, on Saturday morning, at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja at a ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Their inoculation followed their e-registration and filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi.
Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.
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