COVID-19: Nigeria extends closure of airports

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the closure of airports in the country by two weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this in a post on his Twitter handle on Monday.

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The Nigerian government had shut all international airports in the country on Monday, March 23 for one month.

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Subsequently, President Muhammadu Buhari extended the closure to all local airports in the country while announcing 14-day lockdown in Abuja; Lagos and Ogun States on March 29. On April 13, extended the lockdown in the three cities by two weeks as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the country.

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The aviation minister said the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 due to the extended lockdown in the three cities.

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He said: “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.

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“They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This is also subject to review as appropriate,” he said.

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