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Nigerians clamors as international flights resumption extended

By Oluwaseun Sonde

Nigerians has been clamouring for the reopening of international flights, as Federal Government extended the date of resumption. The Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika said on his Twitter handle

@hadisirika on Tuesday, that International Flight resumption date is not October, that NAMA just issued a routine 90 day Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).

“In liaison with Health, Foreign Affairs & PTF COVID-19, we will announce the agreed date, regardless of the ban by Europe, UAE etc. May be earlier than October”, he said. Meanwhile, Nigerians took to the Minister’s Twitter handle to express their rage on the extension of international flight.

A Nigerian with handle,

@Marire53660407 said, “I’m frustrated and depressed already,  i want to come back home to see my baby and husband and other kids. Please sir it’s been 4 months already waiting any longer than this would lead to suicide Please sir

“We have been looking forward to August only for us the hear the news about flight resumption in October,  i almost killed myself today. Please we look forward to August we beg you in the name of allah sir. Its been over 4months already please have mercy”.

Another with @henry_ugoo, said,  “The ban by Europe and UAE is not everlasting. They review their travel advice periodically. Streamline the category of travelers that can leave or come into the country, that way you gradually set the ball rolling. For God’s sake we’re the giant of Africa and should set example.”

Furthermore, twitter handle, @bonkevt5, said,  ”You bring in evacuation flight to Nigeria and so far no passenger had tested positive on COVID-19. European ban is as a result that Nigeria airspace is shut down. Nigeria Aviation is losing billions monthly to Cotonu on a daily basis. Pls August is the best deal

In addition, twitter handle, @paulizo3 said, “Sir, Nigerian citizens are trapped in South Sudan and many East Africa countries waiting for this ban to be lifted so they can fly back home. Please August 19 is too far already, kindly ensure it does not go beyond that date so people can see their families. It’s hard here”.

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