COVID-19: FG extends flight ban by four weeks

COVID-19: FG extends flight ban by four weeks

- The Nigerian government has extended the ban on local and international flights by four weeks as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

- This was revealed by the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, in a briefing on Wednesday, May 6

- Boss Mustapha said the minister of aviation will give more details about the extension of the flight ban

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The Nigerian government has extended the ban on local and international flights by four weeks as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

This was revealed by the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, in a briefing on Wednesday, May 6.

Mustapha said the flight ban was extended based on the advice of experts.

“Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights. We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks,” he said.

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COVID-19: FG extends flight ban by four weeks

Boss Mustapha said the minister of aviation will more details about the extension of the flight ban. Photo credits: VON
Source: UGC

He said the minister of aviation will more details about the extension of the flight ban.

Meanwhile, a chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.

The development was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to Channels TV.

According to the same media, the plane was earlier scheduled arrival of the plane was 3 pm. With the latest development, it will now be expected at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.

It was also gathered that the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad since the outbreak of coronavirus are expected to come in today. The foreign ministry said that discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday, May 8, while there are talks with Ethiopian airlines to make a flight from New York to Abuja on Monday, May 11.

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It should be noted that over 4,000 Nigerians are awaiting evacuation across the world back home, according to foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

On arrival, the Nigerians will be expected to go into self-isolation and facilities in both Lagos and Abuja have been inspected for that purpose.

Legit.ng had reported that following the COVID-19 pandemic, the British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has disclosed that Nigerians in UK will be returning on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Lagos on Friday 8 May.

Laing said the plane will then return British and dual nationals home to UK.

The envoy made the disclosure after the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that Nigeria we will start the process of repatriating its nationals abroad on Wednesday, May 6.

Onyeama stated that the evacuations will begin with a flight from UAE to Lagos, which will be followed by a flight from London to Lagos.

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