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Celebration as Nigeria announces international flight resumption

There’s celebration among Nigerians as the Federal Government yesterday, August 17, 2020, announced that  the country  will resume international flight operations on August 29.

 Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“We are very glad today to announce that international flights will resume from August 29, 2020,” he said.

Sirika added, “However, what we have become used to – physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of hands, temperature taking, etc will continue.”

He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight resumption.

According to the minister, the resumption will commence on Saturday next week at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He thanked Nigerians for their patience while the ban on international flights was enforced and gave an assurance that the protocols and procedures for resumption would be announced in due course.

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“Just like we did with the domestic (flights resumption), it will start with Lagos and Abuja. The protocols, procedures, and processes, will be announced in due course.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the date for resumption of international flights at the PTF briefing in Abuja on August 17, 2020.

He said“So, all protocols exist, and they will continue alongside the opening of these airports,” said Sirika.

He explained, “In the beginning, there will be four flights into Lagos and four flights into Abuja daily, we will give further details on that in due course.

“It is the Task Force decision, not that of aviation (ministry) … under the leadership of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who is the chairman of PTF.”

The citizens are elated by the announcement which they described as heartwarming.

A twitter user Ibrahim ishaq
@almuneer13 said: “Alhamdulillah. since10th april my wife has deliver a baby girl now the has 4 month but i didn’t see her because of this situation now I’m very happy for this thank you so much.”

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Engr Ezeugo Lucky Emeka
: Glory be to almighty God, I can’t wait to go and see my wife and my son including my parents and siblings. Thank you Jesus”
Ihuoma @Ihuoma84180674:
“Life no balance at all..am happy that finally I can reunite with my husband, getting to two years now I saw him last,he is yet to meet his son, we were supposed to travel April”

Samuel Okechukwu
@samuelIfea

Everyone should thank God for life first.

My brother lost his wife during childbirth on
April 29th in serious lockdown leaving behind 4 little kids including new born baby. She was buried July 30th.
Yesterday 16th of August i lost same brother who Buried his wife 2weeks ago.

Coach Ay
@AmubodeAyoola
It’s wrong for them to open the international flights at this time. The problem we had in the beginning with covid, will spiral to a level we won’t be able to control. Different people will use that opportunity to come into Nigeria.

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