COVID-19:Airport, Road to reopen after meeting guidelines

Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says the interstate road lockdown and the airport closure which was necessitated by the pandemic, will reopen after meeting the necessary guidelines.

Dr Sani Aliyu, Coordinator, PTF on COVID-19, said this at the PTF daily news conference on Monday in Abuja.

The coordinator said, that there was still a ban on interstate movement, adding that there was no way the flight would be opened while the roads were closed.

“We cannot operate the flight and keep the road closed,” he said.

He made it known that the Minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Siriki had given the PTF strict guidelines that would be adopted in reopening the airways.

Adding that the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen Gbemisola Saraki was also currently engaging the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) toward reopening of interstate roads.

Aliyu said that the engagement bothered on the guidelines to be adopted in reopening the road across the country, saying, as soon as the PTF was sure of people’s safety, the road would be reopened.

While blaming the surge in the number of cases over COVID-19 on lack of effective compliance in the last three months, adding that the PTF would continue to sensitise the public.

Also, He bemoaned lack of behavioural change among the citizenry, stressing that the PTF would continue to push for more testing and also engage traditional rulers.

Aliyu said the PTF would continue to beam its searchlight on the 20 Local Governments Areas mostly affected by COVID-19, adding that the PTF would redouble its testing capacity and isolation centres.

According to him, every option is on the table, we will continue to increase case management and also put effort at increasing oxygen’s availability at our hospitals.

He said that for the country to get out of COVID-19, there was a need to abide by the rules despite the inconveniences and also adopt behavioural change.

Minister of Aviation @hadisirika assures Nigerians that the expected re-opening of the airspace for domestic flights may not necessarily lead to a hike in fares.#AviationNG@NigerianCAA@AnthonyPatrickO

— Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria (@fmaviationng) June 22, 2020

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