Minister of aviation says international flights will resume in weeks

Minister of aviation says international flights will resume in weeks

- Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation has disclosed that the Nigerian airspace would be opened to international flights in weeks

- Sirika made the disclosure at a national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19

- The minister said the continuous closure of international airports was done for health reasons

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The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika has disclosed that the Nigerian airspace would be opened to international flights in weeks

Sirika, speaking on Thursday, August 6, at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, stated that the aviation industry was making plans to reopen.

The minister, however, did not give any specific date regarding the resumption of international flights, Daily Trust reported.

He urged Nigerians to bear with the federal government over the closure of the international airports, pointing out that the continuous closure is not on purpose as it was done on health reasons.

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Minister of aviation says international flights will resume in weeks

FG says the continuous closure of international airports was done for health reasons. Photo credits: Channels TV
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“We feel your pain and we know that the closure of the airports has separated families and friends and denied some access to hospitals abroad, schools and businesses,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has already commenced preparations for the reopening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps across the country.

The orientation camps were temporarily suspended in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus among corps members.

However, Sani Aliyu the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, said NYSC orientation camps may be reopened in the next phase of the eased lockdown, The Cable reported.

He made the disclosure at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, August 6.

Aliyu said the NYSC has been advised to begin preparations for possible resumption at camps across the country.

In another news, after a month-long battle with coronavirus, the chief press secretary to the governor of Lagos state, Gboyega Akosile, and his wife have recovered from COVID-19.

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Akosile disclosed this in a post titled "Back on the beat after defeating COVID-19" and shared on his social media platforms on Thursday, August 6.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's spokesman who resumed on Wednesday, August 5, said he tested positive on Sunday, July 5, after treating malaria but did not get better.

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