Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Hajiya Binta Bello, has said that the ministry is ready to reactivate the Bilateral Air Service Agreement, BASA, signed on October 29, 2014 with the State of Israel.
Speaking while playing host to the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, John Kennedy Opara, and his management team in her office, she said Israeli authorities are into Aviation Security Measures as part of the pre-condition before it could be activated and implemented.
She added that stakeholders have met on that and reports were sent to the office of the National Security Adviser, adding that the Ministry of Aviation would follow up as soon as possible with the Office of the NSA.
In her words, “we need to close up this agreement so that our brothers and sisters would be able to travel to Israel to perform their pilgrimage without stress.”
Earlier, the Executive of NCPC, John Kennedy Opara thanked the Permanent Secretary for obliging him and his management team to discuss issues of National interest and said that his visit was to find out the status of the BASA agreement and thus be in position to relate back to Mr. President who is very desirous to getting the agreement activated.
The NCPC Scribe explained that if the Bilateral Air Service Agreement, BASA if activated would boost and strengthen the economic ties between the State of Israeli and Nigeria.
He stated that the activation of BASA would reduce the long hours that is associated with the pilgrimage exercise from nine hours to five hours.


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