Saturday, February 12, 2011

Afriqiyah and Kenya Airways are in the hunt for more destinations into Nigeria!

Both airlines already have direct flights to Lagos, Nigeria. It was learnt the airlines are seeking direct flights to Abuja, the federal capital.
This was disclosed when Vice President Namadi Sambo hosted his Kenyan counterpart, Kalonzo Musyoka, in Abuja.
Sambo, who noted that the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration is with Kenya in the effort towards producing a new constitution, said the Federal Government would like to share its parliamentary experience with Kenya as well as other socio-economic cooperation, especially in transportation which Africa has not been able to develop fully.
He said to ensure smooth transportation between the two countries, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and that of Aviation would meet with Kenyan High Commissioner to work out modalities where there would be direct flights from Nairobi, Kenya to Abuja. Even as it was disclosed that Libyan Airline, Afriqiyah Airways is also requesting a direct flight to Abuja.
“I really appreciate this visit and we are looking forward to see how we can bring social transformation between our two countries. We are also looking forward to see better cooperation, as we believe that the problem of Africa can be better solved by Africans themselves. I can assure you that we are going to have closer interaction at all levels.
“I will facilitate the relationship between your own parliament and our parliament here.”
The Vice President, however, gave the Kenyan counterpart documents containing the Federal Government Development Plan as well as Road maps on Power and Water development.
The Kenyan Vice President, who requested that Kenyan Airways should be allowed to fly straight to Abuja solicited for an exchange programme and more interaction with Nigeria, adding that his High Commissioner would facilitate a familiarisation visit by members of his administration to study the political organisation in Nigeria.
He stated that if Judicial Commission Bill was passed, it would strengthen their judiciary as the new constitution is drawn from that of Nigeria.
Earlier, in his speech, Musyoka who was accompanied by a principal Member of Parliament, Mohamed Affey, said he was in the country to convey the message and congratulations of President, Nwai Kibaki, to President Jonathan and Vice President Sambo over their victories in the last party primaries.
The visiting Vice President  disclosed that he was in the country with a member of parliament to learn the political organisation in Nigeria, as the parties primaries were being watched in Kenya and they were impressed to hear that about seventy (70) million people are expected to register in the ongoing voters registration exercise whereas in his country, they would be happy if they can get seven million people to register.
Musyoka said his country is doing well in the Eastern part of Africa and the rumour that Kenya wanted to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is far from the truth. “Kenya had a new constitution which it brought out last year, it is like having a second republic. 
What Mr. President wants to do now is to appoint the Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions this coming week but Parliament is on recess”, Musyoka added.

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