Coronavirus: FAAN says domestic flights still in operation

Coronavirus: FAAN says domestic flights still in operation

- FAAN says Nigerians can travel within the country unhindered as domestic flight operations have not been suspended

- The agency states that the ban on all international flight operations due to the coronavirus pandemic was not extended to domestic flights

- FAAN, however, urges all passengers and other stakeholders to adhere strictly to all travel instructions and guidance in the interest of all

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said Nigerians can travel within the country unhindered as domestic flight operations have not been suspended.

The agency in a statement on Tuesday, March 24, stated that the ban on all international flight operations due to the coronavirus pandemic was not extended to domestic flights.

Coronavirus: FAAN says domestic flights still in operation

FAAN says the ban on all international flight operations due to the coronavirus pandemic was not extended to domestic flights
Source: UGC

It, however, urged all passengers and other stakeholders to adhere strictly to all travel instructions and guidance in the interest of all.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded two more cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total toll of the confirmed cases to forty-two (42) as the pandemic fast-spreads beyond boundaries.

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In a tweet on Tuesday, March 24, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the new cases are recorded in Ogun and Lagos.

The centre also claimed that one of the new cases is a returning traveller while the second case is as a result of contact from a previously confirmed case.

Currently, Lagos has 29 confirmed case, followed by the Federal Capital Territory which has seven 7 confirmed cases.

According to NCDC, Ogun state's toll has now increased to 3 after the recent confirmation.

In another report, the Nigeria Immigration Service has suspended the processing of passport and migrant e-Registration across its offices.

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This was due to the current outbreak and spread of COVID-19, which has became a global issue that deserves urgent attention and approach.

The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this in a statement by Mr Sunday James, the Service Public Relations Officer, on Monday in Abuja.

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“The service has accordingly directed for the temporary suspension of processing of passport and Migrant e-Registration effective 23rd March – 23rd April, 2020 in line with government’s directives on Restrictions on International Flight.

Babandede said that the Service would use the period to process all pending passport cases, adding that the public would be informed when they are ready for collection.

He stated that the Service regrets any inconvenience caused the public within this period and assured Nigerians of its continued service delivery.

Also, the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, March 24, after an executive session, suspended its plenary.

The president of the Senate Ahmed Lawan disclosed this in a statement shared on his official Facebook page. The suspension of the red chamber's plenary had become necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The lawmakers will embark on a two weeks recess and resume on Tuesday, April 7.

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Lawan went on to note that the recess won't affect the upper chamber's legislative duties as they would be on hand to treat any issue of national emergency.

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