BREAKING: FG shuts down three Nigerian airports to curb spread of coronavirus

BREAKING: FG shuts down three Nigerian airports to curb spread of coronavirus

- More steps are being implemented to ensure Nigeria curbs the spread of coronavirus

- The federal government has shut down three international airports

- The Nigerian Senate had asked the government to carry out the action on Wednesday, March 18

The federal government has shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.

The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.

On Wednesday, March 18, the Nigerian Senate urged the government to shut down all international airports except the Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the viral disease.

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The Buhari administration has continued to implement far-reaching initiatives to curb the spread of the disease in Nigeria.

Recently, the government gave a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.

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A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was distributed to the affected airlines after the directive came from the federal ministry of health.

Also, the government banned all travels outside the country by officials of ministries, departments, and agencies until further notice.

The move was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the end of the inaugural meeting of the presidential task force for the control of the viral disease.

The presidential task force also advised Nigerians to cancel all travels abroad especially to all high-risk countries.

Already, Nigeria has placed restrictions on travel to worst-hit countries as the world continued to battle the global pandemic.

Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has asked Nigerians to brace up for the multiplier effects of coronavirus, adding that it could affect their socio-economic lives.

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The governor, a trained medical doctor, made the call at a quarterly session with the media in Asaba on Thursday, March 12.

He said the virus had made the price of oil in the international market to tumble and had also caused many industries to stop production.

He warned that unless urgent steps were taken to check the effects of the viral disease, many states in the country may not be able to pay salaries of workers. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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