The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it would ban citizens of some countries from gaining entry into Nigeria in order to keep Nigerian airports and the country safe.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja on Monday.
The Minister added that the reason why government had not approved the resumption of commercial international flights into and out of Nigeria was due to safety concerns.
“On the question about when we are beginning international travels, certainly you are very aware that so many countries had placed ban on countries that we cannot go even from Nigeria.
“Also Nigeria, of course, will place ban on other countries that cannot come in here, because everyone is trying to keep safe.
“These and many other reasons will make us to be cautious, to study some more and to liaise with all the stakeholders and decide when we will open for international flights”, Sirika said.
The minister said the sector had wanted to fully open the airspace to local and international flights because the sector was losing so much money, but for safety reasons, certain decisions could not be made.