Newspapers review: NASS says flights ban might be imposed over COVID-19

Newspapers review: NASS says flights ban might be imposed over COVID-19

The newspapers' review for Tuesday, December 29, indicates that authorities in Nigeria are planning on taking actions to stop the further spread of coronavirus in the country.

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The ministry of aviation and Federal lawmakers are reportedly considering banning flights from some countries that have recorded a spike in COVID-19.

The Punch newspaper reported that the chairman of the Senate committee on aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, made the disclosure in an interview with one of its correspondents in Abuja.

Newspaper review for Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The front page of the Punch newspaper of December 29. Photo: The Punch
Source: UGC

Adeyemi told the publication on Monday, December 28, that the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the country is a cause for concern for the National Assembly and the federal government.

He said the flights' ban might be announced next week.

Adeyemi said:

"We are still trying to study the situation so as to know the appropriate steps to take. It is a very sad situation no doubt.

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“The National Assembly and the Aviation Ministry are looking at what really should be done on the call to ban some of the flights coming in, not only from the United Kingdom, but also other countries where the pandemic spreads are more severe."

In another news story, This Day reported that more reactions have trailed the statement made by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah against the Buhari administration.

The cleric had said that there could have been a coup if a non-northern Muslim president had done a fraction of what Buhari did.

However, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed accused Kukah of making statements that could trigger unintended consequences.

He said it is graceless and impious for a religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of peace, to stoke sectarian strife and national disunity.

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Similarly, the president’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie questioned the motive of the bishop for criticising the president.

She claimed the bishop is critical of Buhari due to loss of patronage.

Newspaper review for Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The front page of This Day newspaper of December 29. Photo: This Day
Source: UGC

In another news, the House of Representatives has dismissed reports that it apologised for summoning President Muhammadu Buhari to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country.

The Tribune reported that the spokesperson for the House, Benjamin Kalu, in a statement on Monday, December 28, described the report as untrue.

He questioned where journalists got the information claiming that the lawmakers apologised to the president.

He stated that the legislators never made any apology to anyone for exercising its constitutional mandate.

Newspaper review for Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The front page of The Nigerian Tribune newspaper of December 29. Photo: The Nigerian Tribune
Source: UGC

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