FG Extends Airports Closure By Two Weeks
By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government has extended the closure of airports across the country by another two weeks beginning from Thursday, April 23, 2020.
This was made public by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, via his official Twitter handle on Monday.
He said the extension was due to the recent lockdown order of President Muhammadu Buhari in order to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
In March, the federal government ordered the closure of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, and some other airports nationwide.
The initial closure was supposed to end on April 23, 2020, but with Mr Sirika’s announcement on Monday, it is clear that the airports would remain closed for two more weeks.
The minister said, “As a result of the extension of lockdown by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd of April, 2020.
“They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This (is) subject to review as appropriate.”
It is becoming a growing concern for the country as cases continue to rise. As at Tuesday morning, cases in the country were at 665.