Airports in Nigeria is not going to be reopened on April 23rd as earlier scheduled. As an alternative, they’ll stay shut for 2 extra weeks, an announcement from the Ministry of Aviation stated on Monday.
“As a result of the extension on lockdown by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd April 2020,” the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was quoted as saying in an announcement by the Director of Public Affairs within the ministry, James Odaudu.
President Buhari had on Monday, April 13 prolonged a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states in addition to the Federal Capital territory Abuja by two weeks.
Forward of the lockdown, the worldwide airports within the nation had been shut as a part of measures to stop the unfold of COVID-19 within the nation.
Regardless of pushing again the reopening of the airports in view of the lockdown extension, the aviation minister stated the choice is topic to evaluate as acceptable.
The minister appealed to air travellers and all stakeholders within the aviation business to see the present state of affairs as sacrifices essential to safeguard the well being and well-being of the folks, with the hope that the pandemic shall be short-lived.
Since Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case on February, infections within the nation have risen to 627 with a report 86 instances confirmed on April 19. A complete of 21 folks have misplaced their lives whereas 170 folks have recovered from the virus.
The pandemic has disrupted day by day life with faculties throughout the international locations shut, lockdowns and motion restrictions in a number of states as the federal government races towards time to flatten the curve.