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Govt hasn’t yet decided on resuming domestic air travel, says Task Force


Nigeria is yet to decide on lifting months-long ban on air travel, Dr. Sani Aliyu, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said Thursday.

“What we said to the aviation authorities is; you need to let us know from the 21st of June onwards if you are ready to start opening the skies. We didn’t say 21st of June skies open.

“We gave them a window of three weeks to prepare and I believe they are still preparing. We did not ask them for updates how things are going but we expect them to get back to us.



“The aviation industry is highly regulated. There are certain things they have to do before they start flying such as retraining of pilots, recalibrating the aircraft and ensuring safety at the airport to make sure people are safe.

“We don’t have an update on that yet but we expect them to come to us by the 21st of June. If they come back to us by the 21st of June and they say we are ready onwards, we will open the skies for domestic travellers and that’s when we will address the issue of interstate restrictions and curfew but at the moment, there is no plan right now to say, 21st of June, here we go. It’s aspirational if anything.”

He regretted that the public was still not adhering to COVID-19 guidelines and it has shown in their behaviours.

According to him, “It is insensitive to the memories of those who have died from COVID-19 to say the virus does not exist

“We have to change the way we see and interact with people who have COVID-19 and those who have recovered.”





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