Senate President Godswill Akpabio has commended President Bola Tinubu for his adept handling of the once-fragile diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a statement released by his special adviser on media and publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, on Tuesday, Akpabio expressed his appreciation for Tinubu’s efforts in not only repairing these strained ties but also for paving the way for enhanced economic cooperation between the two nations. This diplomatic reconciliation holds the promise of mutual benefits for both countries.
Akpabio emphasized that Tinubu’s role in seamlessly restoring diplomatic relations deserves recognition, especially considering the economic losses incurred by both nations during the period of disagreement.
Furthermore, Senator Akpabio highlighted that the president’s intervention aims to streamline the visa application process for Nigerians traveling to the UAE. This signifies a significant step toward smoother international relations.
The statement quoted Akpabio to have said that, “I have always had confidence in the ability of President Bola Tinubu to turn around the fortunes of our dear nation and this singular achievement in statecraft has once more rekindled my hope and that of millions of Nigerians in the Renewed Agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led government.
“I must confess that President Tinubu’s engineering of the process that is set to lift the visa ban on Nigerians by the government of UAE is an act of genius and of course, a magnu opus. It smacks of a clear cut economic and political policy capable of launching Nigeria into the comity of leading nations with a high rate of Ease of Doing Business,” he stated.
Akpabio said he was highly elated at the development explaining that it was a strategic move that would reinvent and strengthen consular and economic ties between Nigeria and the UAE.
The Senate President assured President Tinubu that the National Assembly under his leadership would continue to provide the required legal framework to enable the executive implement the good policies outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda blueprint.
“As a responsible parliament, we will continue to collaborate with the executive through the enactment of effective legislations to make the job of Mr. President an easy one. We will continue to be sensitive to the needs of Nigerians by being proactive in the processing and passage of laws that will stand the test of time,” he declared.