Airports in Nigeria will not be reopened on Thursday, April 23, 2020, as earlier scheduled, instead, they will remain shut for two more weeks.
A statement from the Ministry of Aviation affirmed this on Monday, April 20, 2020.
According to the statement by the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry, Mr James Odaudu, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was quoted as saying: “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.”
President Buhari had on Monday, April 13, 2020, extended a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital territory Abuja by two weeks.
Channels TV reports that ahead of the lockdown, the International Airports in the country had been shut as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Despite pushing back the reopening of the Airports in view of the lockdown extension, the aviation Minister said the decision is subject to review as appropriate.
The Minister appealed to air travellers and all stakeholders in the aviation industry to see the current situation as sacrifices necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of the people, with the hope that the pandemic will be short-lived.
Since Nigeria recorded its first Coronavirus case in February 2020, infections in the country have risen to 627, atotal of 21 people have lost their lives while 170 people have recovered from the virus.