The 256 Nigerians who were on Wednesday, May 6 evacuated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic have arrived in Nigeria safely.
The chartered aircraft that conveyed the 256 Nigerians and arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at around 7 pm on Wednesday, May 6.
Meanwhile, the evacuated Nigerians are currently being checked and will be immediately moved to an Isolation center in Lagos where they will be kept for 14 days.
In other news, the Nigerian airspace was further closed by 4 weeks.
This closure of the Nigerian airspace was made known by the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, identified as Boss Mustapha.
The chairman, Boss Mustapha said;
”Tomorrow marks the last day of the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights. We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the evidence of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks”
The Minister of Aviation, identified as Hadi Sirika, who also spoke at the press briefing yesterday, confirmed that the aviation ministry loses over N17 billion monthly.