At a briefing in Abuja yesterday, Nigeria' Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, announced that international flights would begin landing daily in Abuja and Lagos. He clarified that there would be four fligts daily, starting from August 29th, 2020. Nigeria will be reopening its borders for international flights on August 29th, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced. According to Sirika, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be the first to be reopened. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria's airports shut down at the end of March to all non-essential international flights.
The Nigerian Federal Government said it will review its air agreements with various countries as a result of the unacceptable treatment of Nigerian carriers by the UK.
A Nigerian Air Peace airline flight deployed to evacuate stranded Nigerians in the UK has been denied landing rights. A statement released by the Nigerian high commission in London on Sunday. The evacuation flights from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos will now depart on Tuesday, July 14 on a partner airline.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola told the National Assembly Joint Committee on Works, on Wednesday, that the Federal Government is proposing a plan to concession 10 key highways in the country. The project will be called the “Highway Project and Management Initiative.”
The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Aviation and other related agencies to commence local flights, beginning with the opening of at least one airport in each of the six geopolitical zones with the view to give all zones a sense of belonging and ensure equity and fairness.
The unending face off between the National inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA) and Lagos State government over dredging activities may enter another phase as the federal government waterways regulatory agency frowned at the attempt by Lagos State House of Assembly to over reach itself on the extant mining laws of the federal Republic of Nigeria which mandates Niwa to oversight access through the waterways.
Two months of flights restriction has cost the Nigerian travel sector job and financial losses in excess of N180b. In fact, the cost may be more, going by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) estimates, which showed that the prolonged lockdown and the Coronavirus crisis had so far put 124,000 Nigerian jobs at risk, and some $900m (N324b) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in jeopardy.
TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 26MARCH 2020
Good afternoon gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference, called to update you on the measures being taken by the Federal Government to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
2. I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go. We know our priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition of large congregations.