COVID-19: FG gives update on restriction of fights

COVID-19: FG gives update on restriction of fights

- International flights to and from Nigeria will not be restricted until October 15

- Minister of aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika stated this on Tuesday, July 22

- For now, only essential and humanitarian flights are ongoing into and out of the country

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The federal government has given an update concerning the restrictions of international flights.

Minister of aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika made clarifications on the issue on Tuesday, July 22

Sirika, a former senator, was reacting to reports that the restriction of international flights is now Thursday, October 15 as against the Wednesday, August 19 date previously reported.

A source within NCAA had told Daily Sun that the international airports would remain closed until October.

COVID-19: FG extends international flight restriction till October 15
International fights remain restricted in Nigeria. Photo credit: The Guardian
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According to the source who preferred to remain anonymous, the federal government did not give a specific date for reopening.

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The source stated that if there would be a further extension beyond October, the message would be passed across to relevant authorities.

The source, however, reiterated that for now, only essential and humanitarian flights will continue.

But, Sirika says the information is false. See his tweet below:

Nigeria placed travel restrictions on international flights into the country on Saturday, March 21 after coronavirus cases hit double figures.

The airport closure was meant to last one month but as cases grew globally, the date of resumption got postponed

Domestic flights have, however, resumed in the country with strict measures on COVID-19 guidelines being adopted.

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Meanwhile, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the NCDC on the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

National Commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, gave the advice at the weekend, during PCN’s 22nd-anniversary celebrations held in Benue state.

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‘‘The Peace Corps of Nigeria, therefore, is of the most considered view that policymakers, security agencies, frontline health workers and the entire citizenry must be closely-knit in a shared understanding and struggle against this invisible enemy called COVID-19,’’ Akoh stated.

But, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 24 per cent of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14, saying seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.

Already, to address the testing deficit in Nigeria, the federal government plans to establish one sample collection centre in every local government area in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known on Monday, July 13.

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