‘How we denied many governors access from flying abroad’ – Aviation Minister

April 22, 2020
14 Views

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the ministry has denied the flight requests of several governors, since the closure of the airports and the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of the COVID-19.

He said this on Tuesday during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, while responding to questions about some ongoing flights.

The minister also stressed that governors are not exempt from the lockdown and no-flight orders.

According to him, 98% of any ongoing flights, are either essential flights relating to the COVID-19, or repatriation requests.

“Every single flight that you would see, every single flight that we would approve would be an essential flight and 98% of them would be connected to COVID-19,” he said.

“A few others, maybe 1% might be either a repatriation request from a diplomatic community which must go through foreign affairs or it might be repatriation due to illness of another kind.

“And those repatriations will also need the stamp of a teaching hospital.

“There is no exception to governors. I had denied several of such flights, including two governors from south-south and two from the south east and by the way, three of them are members of the APC and I think one is from north-central.

“Once you see a flight approved, it is diligently done and it must be essential, COVID-19-related or some other flights like essential cargo that would bring in medicines or equipment or something related to our well being like food,” Sirika added.

<!–

–>

You may be interested

Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea’s possible opponents after they qualify for fourth round
News
News

Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea’s possible opponents after they qualify for fourth round

admin - September 23, 2020

Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday night, booked their places in the Carabao Cup fourth round. The Gunners won 2-0 away…

FRSC on Lokoja tanker explosion
News
News

FRSC on Lokoja tanker explosion

admin - September 23, 2020

The Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said he received with shock the early morning crash of a…

BBNaija 2020: I want to be like my father not you – Ozo replies Kiddwaya
Entertainment
Entertainment

BBNaija 2020: I want to be like my father not you – Ozo replies Kiddwaya

admin - September 23, 2020

Ozo, evicted Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, has reacted to a statement by Kiddwaya that he aspires to be like…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.