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FG To Ban Entry From Some Countries Due To COVID-19 – Aviation Minister

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FG To Ban Entry From Some Countries Due To COVID-19 – Aviation Minister

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As part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Federal Government has said it would be banning citizens from some countries from gaining entry into Nigeria.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika disclosed this in Abuja while speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, July 13.

He said this is another reason why the government has not approved the re-commencement of commercial international flights in and out of Nigeria.

Sirika stated;

On the question about when we are beginning international travels, certainly you are very aware that so many countries had placed ban on countries that we cannot go even from Nigeria.

He added;

Also Nigeria, of course, will place ban on other countries that cannot come in here, because everyone is trying to keep safe.

These and many other reasons will make us to be cautious, to study some more and to liaise with all the stakeholders and decide when we will open for international flights.

The minister said operators in the sector had wanted to fully open the airspace to local and international flights but safety must be given priority when making such decisions.

Sirika stressed;

In aviation, we want to open like yesterday because we are losing money; we are bleeding. But we must stay alive first before we are able to make money.

The minister also stated that domestic flights at airports were being staggered in order not to allow crowding at the airports.

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