Evacuation Flights To End 22 August- SGF

August 17, 2020
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The secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha has disclosed that all evacuation flights will end on 22nd August 2020 after which Airports will be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.

He stated this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 in Abuja.

According to him, a number of countries have signified intention to repatriate Nigerians convicted and pardoned and paroled in those countries.

He listed the countries to include the UAE, Egypt and the United States of America.

He said “Coming in the midst of our National Response to COVID 19, all relevant Agencies of government are taking multi sectoral steps to ensure that the process remains within acceptable international protocols and in line with bilateral agreements.

“For the purpose of clarity, this should be distinguished from normal evacuation flights and we wish to state that all evacuation flights will end on 22nd August 2020 after which Airports will be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.

He also hinted that tertiary institutions might reopen soon.

“Today, the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) examinations commenced all over the country, like in other West African States, and the PTF is happy to note the high level of compliance with the protocols for the re-opening of exit classes.

It is in this light that we appreciate the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the reopening of tertiary institutions. As a listening government, we wish to state that education is topmost on the priority list and the reopening of our institutions remain critical, within set safety parameters, “Mustapha said.

He also decried that some very few Nigerians are bent on spreading misleading information.

The SGF pleaded with Nigerians to remain focused on the individual and collective fight to win this fight against COVID-19 and not engage in distractive information dissemination.

According to him, one of such is the viral trend on the social media about collection of sums of money for a COVID-119 negative results.

He further explained that for the benefit of all Nigerians and has been explained previously, by the DG, NCDC, samples are only collected at designated centres and not at the airports.

It is, therefore, inconceivable that test results would be given at the airports where only passports of returnees are collected.

“It is disturbing to realise that while a good number of Nigerians are sharing their experiences with the coronavirus and encouraging others to take responsibility, some very few Nigerians are bent on spreading misleading information,” he added.

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