Oludare Awoniyi, Nigerian Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, said the two countries were in talks to establish a direct air link to promote trade relations.
Awoniyi said this during an interview with NAN on Monday in Caracas.
He said it would currently take 40 hours to cross the two continents, while the trip would only take eight hours if there was to be a direct connection between the two countries.
The ambassador said the air link would be beneficial to both Nigeria and Venezuela.
He added that other countries in Africa and South America, and the whole world could reap the benefits of the air link.
âAt the moment, we have to travel around 40 hours to get here via Turkish Airlines, and we are considering the possibilities of connecting Nigeria directly to Venezuela,â the ambassador said.
âFrom Caracas to Lagos, Abuja and maybe a city like Maracaibo here, so we have two stops in Nigeria and two stops in Venezuela to bring our people together.
âDistance is particularly important because air transport itself does not necessarily generate a lot of income for nations, but it does generate connections for doing business.
âYou can now ship and bind goods and products after meetings and agreements. You can now use ships to move cargo in bulk as airlines cannot meet quantities.
âBut this ability to come and go quickly helps businesses. For example, if we have direct connections, we will be flying to Nigeria in eight hours because of the equatorial winds.
âAnd if you can travel fifteen hours round trip, that means technically you can live in Lagos, come to Caracas, visit a factory or a farm, make your deal and get on the plane, then the company itself. continue to.
“It’s easier for Nigeria to go in a different direction now because they can get there faster, but if we get an air link it will further strengthen the relationship.”
The envoy said that the establishment of an air link between Nigeria and Venezuela could further strengthen the good bilateral relations between the countries.
Awoniyi said bilateral relations improved positively when Hugo Chavez, former president of Venezuela, visited Nigeria twice and Olusegun Obasanjo also visited twice.
“There were also visits from the vice-president and Venezuelan ministers,” he added.
âWe have a very good relationship with them and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here is interested in fostering relations with Nigeria.
âPresident Nicolas Maduro has expressed the desire to strengthen relations with Nigeria and improve what we have.
âWe have a lot of memoranda of understanding and agreements waiting to be implemented. We have twenty-five, ten have been signed, fifteen have been reviewed.
“We hope that we can start implementing these agreements and when we do the relationship will be even closer.”