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COVID-19: FG approves five airports for flight resumption



FEDERAL government has approved five airports for planned resumption of domestic flights in the country after the relaxed ease on lockdown.

Musa Nuhu, the director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) made the disclosure in a letter dated June 1, 2020.

The NCAA said the airports approved for flights must comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols for approvals

According to the NCAA, the five airports to be opened are:

1. Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa Rivers state, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri The letter noted that other airports will be added gradually after a review and assessment. NCAA said the airports approved for flights must comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols.

 The agency stated that the closure of Nigerian airports to international flights will continue until a date of resumption is announced. Nigerian airports have been shut since March 27 as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, on Monday, June 1, challenged anyone who has ever given him a bribe to come forward.

The minister made the statement when reacting to allegations from some Nigerians who claimed that the ministry of aviation demands money before flights are approved.

 He dismissed the accusations against him as false, insisting that has never asked for or received a bribe while carrying out his duties.

Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Sirika pointed out that he has never asked for or collected bribe from any aviation business man or woman.

“For us in this government, we are very conscious of the weight of responsibility on our heads. I’ve been minister five years now and I challenge anybody before all of these cameras,” he said.

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