- FG has given a fresh update on the ban on international flights
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said on Thursday, July 23, that restriction on international flights has not been lifted
- Mustapha noted that the PTF was encouraged by the state governments that have banned festivities on Sallah
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The federal government has urged Nigerians to disregard rumour about the resumption of international flights.
Legit.ng reports that the chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, July 23, during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, described the news as fake.
Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the ban on international flights has not been lifted.
"I plead with all Nigerians to disregard fake news about resumption of international flights," he said.
He said it is the duty of Nigerians to change their behaviours with the best protocols, adding that only a well-developed partnership would save humanity.
The SGF noted that the PTF was encouraged by the state governments that have banned festivities on Sallah.
"We are encouraged by state governments that have banned festivities on Sallah. We thank partners and nations for the donation to Nigerians," Mustapha said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave an update concerning the restrictions of international flights.
It was reported that the minister of aviation, 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 was quoted to have said that the international airports would remain closed until October.
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 would continue.
In another report, the federal government on Tuesday, July 21, extended the ban on international flights in the country.
The extension was communicated in a notice by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) informing stakeholders in the aviation sector.
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