- The federal government is not leaving any stone unturned in its fight against the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria
- In this vein, the Ministry of Environment has begun the disinfection exercise of airports across the country
- The minister of environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed that 123 aircraft, 13 airports have been enlisted for the exercise
In its unrelenting efforts to curb the devastating spread of coronavirus, the federal government has decided to disinfect not less than 123 aircraft and about 13 airports throughout Nigeria.
This proposed move by the Nigerian government was revealed on Wednesday, April 29, by the minister of environment, Muhammad Mahmood, in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Briefing the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mahmood stated that the ministry is taking a slow pace in the decontamination exercise because of the sensitive and delicate nature of the aviation industry.
The minister said: “It is a place that when it comes to safety, everything must be followed carefully, and even when we want to do that, we have to follow their lead as to how and where to go while decontaminating the aircraft."
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Mahmood added: "The decontamination is ongoing because there are other facilities that we are decontaminating across the country. So, we will go as soon as they are ready for us.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government on Monday, April 20, announced the extension of the closure of international airports in the country by two weeks as parts of measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
This was disclosed by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, via his Twitter handle @hadisirika. Sirika said that due to the extension of the president's lockdown directive it is no longer possible for airspace and airports to be opened for commercial operations by Thursday, April 23.
Despite the closure of borders and airports, the number of infected coronavirus patients across the country continued to rise as new cases were being announced daily by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Legit.ng had previously reported that as the number of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria surged to 22 on Saturday, March 21, the federal government shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
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