Federal Government Vows to Sanction Airline Operators selling Tickets in dollars

Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Mr. Hadi Sirika has warned foreign airlines against selling tickets in dollars.

The Minister sent out the warning on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council meeting held virtually.

He said the airlines are making the lives of Nigerians hard by doing so and has vowed to put out measures that will checkmate that.

He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been charged with clamping down on such perpetrators.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to say that reports are reaching us that some of the airlines are refusing to sell tickets in naira. That is a violation of our of local laws, they will not be allowed.

“The high and the mighty amongst them will be sanctioned, if they’re caught doing that. NCAA had been directed to swing into action and once we find any airline violating this, we will definitely deal with them. Also, they blocked the travel agents from access.

“They also made only the expensive tickets available and so on so forth. Our regulators are not sleeping, we have a very vibrant Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Once they found any airline guilty, that airline will be dealt with because we need to protect our people.”

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