Covid-19: PTF hints interstate movement may resume June 21

Covid-19: PTF hints interstate movement may resume June 21

- More good news may be coming as emerging reports indicate that FG may review arrangement on the ban on interstate movement

- Coordinator of PTF on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu, hinted that interstate movement may resume on June 21

- Aliyu noted that road movement may actively come back to life with local flights given a clearance to operate amid Covid-19 crisis

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Days after announcing ban lift on religious centres, the federal government has hinted at the possibility of having the restriction on interstate movement completely lifted starting from Friday, June 21.

Sani Aliyu, who is the national coordinator for the presidential task force on Covid-19, gave the hints on Tuesday, June 2, during the committee's briefing in Abuja.

Aliyu noted that since local flights have been given a clearance to operate, it would not be ideal that movement by roads to states is continued to be restricted.

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Legit.ng recalls that inter-state movement was restricted by the federal government in May as parts of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Although the restriction was mandated upon all states of the federation, there are instances of flagrant violation of the directives as passengers and buses continue to move from state to state.

To worsen the violation, security agencies across the country, mandated to enforce the interstate movement ban were also fingered aiding the movement of cars and vehicles.

With local flights resuming in June, Aliyu hinted that there may be a possibility of total ban lift on interstate movement.

“Once we open up the skies to domestic flights, then we would have to review the arrangements regarding interstate travel because you cannot have a ban on interstate travel and you have people flying from one state to another," Aliyu said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, said major airports in the country would in the next few days roar into life after weeks of inactivity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Nuhu stated this at a virtual event organised by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The challenges and opportunity for Nigeria’s aviation value chain, during and post.

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