However, The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, however, said that the date was not sacrosanct. Meanwhile, officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Monday inspected facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja ahead of resumption of international flights. International flights were suspended by the Federal Government across the country about five months as a result of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Equally yesterday, August 17, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria top officials were seen at the Murtala Muhammed International airport Lagos inspecting the COVID-19 preparedness for the reopening according to Nigerian Flight Deck. The Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika who made the announcement at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said Nigeria’s international airports have “reached advanced stages of preparedness for the resumption of international flights”. “Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience,” concluded Sirika in his Twitter Post.
Sirika announced the resumption date for international flights at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, after tweeting same via his Twitter handle earlier. He stated that as a result of resumption, all evacuation flights which were introduced across the country in the wake of the ban on international flights, would end on August 25. Sirika said Nigeria’s international airports had reached advanced stages of preparedness for the resumption of international flight operations. The Aviation Ministr emphasised would be placed on the observation of all the safety and technical guidelines as prescribed by global and health authorities, which would be communicated in due course.
The minister also said passengers must take a COVID-19 test from wherever they were coming from and stressed that this must be very close to their departure dates. He said, “A portal will also be opened for passengers to pay for another COVID-19 test to be done eight days after arrival in Nigeria.
“They will also fill in health questionnaires online and hand them in at the point of entry, instead of filling the forms on the aircraft or on arrival.”
Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, home to some 200 million people. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus the country has registered 49,068 confirmed coronavirus cases and 975 related deaths. Some 36,500 people have recovered so far.
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