The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) has praised the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to meet with Rivers State government to find an amicable settlement to free the arrested and detained Caverton helicopter pilots; Capt Samuel Ugorji and Capt. Samuel Buhari
A statement issued by NANTA stated that the association was pleased to know that the pilots were not taken to conventional correction centers but held at Rivers Government-owned hotel.
President of the private sector travel trade group, Susan Akporiaye, in the statement, said that the pressures and fear of the uncommon times the nation finds itself must have led to the unfortunate event.
“I’m impressed by the maturity, patience, and recourse to peaceful resolution by the Federal Government and in the same breath appreciate the Rivers State Government for taking care of the pilots in a hotel instead of the confines of a dreaded correctional facility.”
The NANTA boss further appealed to River State Government to let go of the pilots to enable them to spend the Easter holidays with their families, pending the conclusion of other aspects of the peace process.
According to her, “This uncommon time has put everyone including our leaders on edge. We have not seen this type of pandemic in our lifetime and it can be understood that pressure-driven mistakes can occur, so we urge restraint in this time of celebration of symbolic rising of Christ from death. We must forgive ourselves and free our pilots on the Frontline of national economic growth. Rivers State is part of Nigeria and the pilots are Nigerians.”
On the alleged harassment of Nigerians resident in China over COVID- 19, the NANTA President frowned at the situation and wondered what the Chinese are up to.
” It’s like someone wants to change the COVID-19 story and pass it off as a Nigerian problem. It’s funny that a Chinese disease is now made to look as if it was imported from Nigeria instead of China.”
NANTA, she stated was studying the situation and urged the Federal Government to quickly intervene.