Nigeria to fly direct to Mumbai?
By: Ekwi Ajide
The Director Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Nigeria, Dr. Allen Onyema says the airline will commence direct flights from Nigeria to Mumbai in the next one month.
Onyema who disclosed this at the 2020 India/Nigeria business forum lamented that in spite of the huge and aged India/Nigeria economic relations, especially in the health sector; there are still no direct flights from Nigeria to India.
He stated that business opportunities between India and Nigeria are enormous hence it is necessary for direct flight connectivity to further boost economies of the two countries.
The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, however, lamented that foreign airlines are making it harder for local flights to grow but commended the Federal government of Nigeria for giving them the opportunity for interconnectivity and pledged commitment of the company to always serving Nigerians better even as he disclosed some other regional and international countries they will connect in the next one month.
In the same vein, a PDP hopeful for the Anambra governorship election in 2021, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, said India’s export to Nigeria increased by twenty seven percent in 2019 and called for a seamless visa issuance to Nigerians by India for easier accessibility.
He stressed that Nigeria is the sixth largest oil producing country and India purchases about thirty percent of the production.
Dr. Okwenna also advocated more targeted investment in ICT, power and agriculture adding that India investors should explore the possibility of rural internet enabled atmosphere for many Nigerian Communities cut off from the mainstream data communication services.
According to him, there should be partnership and exchanges between Nollywood and Bollywood to strengthen socio-cultural ties.
Earlier, the India Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Veeramani Surendra, speaking on the theme of the meeting, “giant leaps together” had said India expends about fourteen billion dollars on over twenty five thousand jobs created in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the country’s road map for the future centers on technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics pledging that they will continue to cooperate with Nigeria and Nigerians.