FG To End Evacuation Flights

The federal government is to end all evacuation flights on the 22nd of August, as international flight resumes from the 29th. Also, the UAE, Egypt, and USA are to repatriate convicted Nigerians pardoned and paroled.

These were the submissions of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 during its daily update.

The international air travels is to begin with four flights daily into the Lagos and Abuja airports.

Explaining the new modus operandi, Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika said passengers coming into the country are to take COVID-19 test days before departure and are to fill an online questionnaire which will be submitted at the destination airport. They are also to pay an amount online before departure for the Coronavirus test 8 days after arrival.

While the federal government has continued to evacuate Nigerians from other countries, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha said the evaluation process would be concluded by August 22, to enable airports to prepare for the resumption of international flights.

(R-L) Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar, DG NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika. Photo: Nancy Anika/Radio Nigeria

The SGF who noted that some countries have signified intention to repatriate convicted Nigerians who have been pardoned and placed on parole emphasised that the reparation process must remain within the protocols and bilateral agreements.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the ministry is monitoring new developments from other countries such as Saliva based COVID-19 test and called on state epidemiologist to speed up the turnaround time for COVID-19 tests.

Also, Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, NCDC, Dr. Elsie Ilori, noted that COVID-19 tests in the country would soon be seamless through establishments of more testing laboratories and sample collection centers across the nation and however cautioned Nigerians against self-medication.

Nancy Anika

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