CoronaVirus: No Governors get approval to fly amidst COVID-19 Lockdown says Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika ~ Matters Arising
During a Presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the statement while dismissing rumours that the government was giving special approvals to the elite to fly amidst the lockdown.
“Every single flight that you will see, every single one that we will approve will be an essential flight. And those essential flights 98 per cent of them will be connected to COVID-19. A few of them might be a diplomatic request from the diplomatic community which must go through foreign affairs ministry, or it might be evacuation due to illness of other kind and those evacuations may also need a staff of a teaching hospital like I said before.”
“On not reopening airports due to extension of the lockdown, trust me, whoever is approved to fly privately, governor or not governor, is on an essential trip and 98 per cent is related to COVID-19.”
“There is no exception to governors. I have denied several of such flights including two governors from South-South, two from South- East. Meanwhile, three of them are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one is from North Central.” he said