By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 21, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to an official statement by Nigeria’s Ministry of Aviation, as delivered by its Director of Public Affairs, James Odaudu, on behalf of the Minister, Hadi Sirika, the country’s airports will not be reopening on April 23, 2020, as earlier planned, as there was a fresh directive to keep it shut for another two weeks.
The Minister apologized to air travelers for the inconveniences the extension might cause them, imploring that they were sacrifices that every Nigerian must be prepared to make in the ongoing war on COVID-19.
As part of wider proactive measures to check the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, all the country’s international airports had been shut down to prevent importation of the disease into the country. This was closely followed by the lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states, including Abuja, the Federal Capital territory Abuja (FCT) for two weeks, later extended by another two weeks.