Several Governors in Nigeria have been denied flight since the closure of the Airports and the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of the COVID-19.
The Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, during the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing.
While responding to questions about some ongoing flights, the Minister stressed that Governors are not exempt from the lockdown and no-flight orders.
According to him, 98 per cent of any ongoing flights are either essential flights relating to the COVID-19, or repatriation requests.
He explained that: “There is no exception to Governors. I had denied several of such flights, including two giovernors from South-South and two from the South-East and by the way, three of them are members of the APC and I think one is from North-Central.
Mr Sirika added that: “once you see a flight approved, it is diligently done and it must be essential, COVID-19-related or some other flights like essential cargo that would bring in medicines or equipment or something related to our well being like food.”