We Have Denied Several Governors Flight Requests Says Aviation Minister
Several Governors in Nigeria have been denied flight since the closure of the Airports and the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of the COVID-19. The Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, during the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing.
While responding to questions about some ongoing flights, the Minister stressed that Governors are not execpt from the lockdown and no flight orders. According to him, 98 per cent of any ongoing flights are either essential flights relating to the COVID-19, or repatriation requests. He explained that: “There is no exception to Governors. I had denied several of such flights, including two giovernors 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.
Mr Sirika added that: “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.”