We Prolonged Ban On International Flights To Keep Nigerians Safe – Sirika

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Federal government has announced that airports would be reopened for international flights in matter of weeks.

It said the prolonged ban on international travels was not punitive but mainly to keep Nigerians and citizens across the country safe from the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika who disclosed this in Abuja while answering questions at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 insisted that the prolonged ban on international flights was not on purpose to ensure that Nigerians remained safe and healthy.

According to him, the reopening of the airports has to be consistent with what they have been saying.

The minister said that the operators in the civil aviation sector had wanted to open the airports long time ago in order to return to business and halt the loss of revenue.

Sirika urged Nigerians not to blame any government official for the ban on international flights, rather the blame should be on COVID-19.

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