COVID-19: Nigeria Extends Ban On Flights By Four Weeks

The Federal Government has extended the ban on all flights for another four weeks.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha stated this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

He said the decision came after an assessment was made by the PTF based on the advice of experts in the industry.

“Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights.

“We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks.”

Also, The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the sector looses about seventeen billion naira every month to the ban on flights.

He said the civil Aviation industry was the worst hit in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic which was rated as the fastest growing sector in the country by the National Bureau of Statistics before the Coronavirus outbreak.

Senator Sirika however noted that the sector may take awhile to get back to full operation even after the pandemic due to overhauling of the airplanes and equipment at airports.

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