Mr Abhay Thakur, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria said India and Nigeria are set to sign a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) before the end of January that would enable direct flights between the two countries.
The High Commissioner said that the BASA was part of pending agreements to be signed between both countries. He noted that the agreement will be signed when Nigeria’s Aviation Minister of State, Mr Hadi Sirika visits India.
Thakur said “we look forward to signing an air services agreement between India and Nigeria next week, during the visit of Honourable Minister of State for Aviation to India. A look at the air transportation services indicates that there are about four indirect flights between India and Nigeria daily, via Dubai, Ethiopia. So, there is a huge opportunity herein and it is something that needs to be addressed urgently”.
He added that “we hope that with the growth of Nigeria’s aviation sector, we would be able to find (Nigerian) partners immediately after the signing of the aviation services agreement. Either on their own, or on a co-shared basis to operationalise the agreement and commence direct flights”.
According to the High Commissioner, both countries would conclude negotiations on the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement by the end of January and the agreements would boost trade and investment cooperation between them.
Thakur said he would focus on strengthening the development partnership between both countries by identifying projects that could access funds made available by the Indian Government for Africa.