THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced fumigation of international airports in the country ahead of its reopening for flight operations soon. The airports are those in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt,
This was made known yesterday in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu. She explained that the fumigation exercise was in line with the guidelines in place to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
According to eye witnesses, there is joy in the faces of people that flights activities would soon commence. The airports were shut down following outburst of the corona virus as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the pandemic.
It will be recalled that Federal Government had in a statement on March 20, 2020 which was signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu ordered the immediate closure of international airports. The statement reads;
“Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23 March at 2300Z to 23 April at 2300z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to international flights.
“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.
“Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights”.