The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has asked for steady COVID-19 guidelines at the airports from the aviation sector management before starting domestic activities in the country.

Mustapha revealed thus during the daily conference of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja the Federal Capital.

While appreciating the management of the aviation sector for the efforts put in place, he asked for steady measures until the end of the deadly virus.

The statement read in parts, “As you are all aware, the domestic flights in the aviation sector have resumed. As at the last count, six of our airports: Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Owerri, Maiduguri and Port Harcourt, have commenced operations.

“We wish to commend the aviation players for the measures put in place and hope that this will be sustained until we overcome the pandemic,” Mustapha said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had, over the weekend, permitted the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and the Maiduguri Airport for domestic activities, saying they had met all the necessary COVID-19 guidelines for operation to begin.

Senator Sirika, who said this after scrutinized the guidelines put in place to curtailed the spread of the COVID-19 at the Kano airport, such as the physical distancing marks, hand sanitiser fixed at strategic positions and other features, shows the belief that the airports were ready for activities.

The minister stated that the airports at Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri were all set for domestic activities, as planned.

He said, “I am very glad and I think the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria have done extremely very well under our watch, to ensure that everything is in place and that physical distancing and good hygiene are being established and followed.

“So we believe this airport is one of those that are safe to operate in and out during this COVID-19 period.
“I am happy with what I saw and it is good enough for us to go."

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