The Federal Government Yesterday extended the closure of International airports in the country by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this through a tweet.
It was earlier reported that the FG shut all international airports in the country for a period of one month,which started from March 23 and to be reopened on April 23.
But announcing on Monday via Twitter, the aviation minister said the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23 due to the extended lockdown in the three cities.
He said, “As a result of the extension on lockdown by Mr President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd April 2020.
“They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This is subject to review as appropriate.” recalling that President Muhammadu Buhari , had also extended the closure to all local airports in the country while announcing 14-day lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States on March 29.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Sunday night, there were over 600 confirmed cases of the lethal virus in the country.
Over 20 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded including the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after testing positive for the virus upon return from overseas.