The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has approved five airports for planned resumption of domestic flights in the country.
The director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, made the disclosure in a letter dated June 1, 2020, with ref NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/121, Daily Trust reported.
Newsmen report that was coming on the heels of the announcement by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the easing of and restart of the second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown and restart of flights on June 21.
Nuhu said the five airports are Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri
The director-general said in the letter that other airports would be added gradually to flight operations after a review and assessment.
“Following the announcement by Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, we wish to inform the industry of the following.
“The closure of Nigerian airports to domestic flights has been extended to 2300Z on 20th June 2020.
“The gradual start of domestic flight operations will commence on June 21 with Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano,
“Others are Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri while other airports will be gradually added to the network after a review and assessment.
Nuhu noted that all flights to any airport outside the above five listed airports above should comply with the existing COVID-19 Protocols for approvals.
The director-general said the closure of Nigerian airports to international flights would continue until date of resumption is announced.
Nuhu said emergency and essential flights were exempted from the restriction and should comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols for approvals.
Ivory Coast PM, Coulibaly, is dead
Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has died.
Coulibaly died on Wednesday after taking part in a cabinet meeting, Patrick Achi, Secretary-General in the presidency, said in a statement on national television.
Achi said the 61-year-old late Prime Minister, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during the weekly meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away.
He had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest.
“Fellow compatriots, Ivory Coast is mourning. It is with deep pain that I announce to you that Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has left us,” the statement read.
His death is likely to set off a scramble within the ruling RHDP party to replace him as its candidate in an election that is considered a key test of stability for the world’s top cocoa producer.
Woman attempts suicide in Anambra
A middle-aged woman has reportedly attempted suicide over undisclosed marital challenges in Nnewi area of Anambra state.
The victim whose name was given on her Facebook page as Ifeoma Obiora had in two separate posts claimed she was contemplating taking her life in order to be far from her troubles.
She also said her problem was compounded as nobody was willing to hear her out or do anything about her plights.
She said, “In these moments before my departure, I feel more clarity than I have ever felt in my dull life. In one minute, I will be free from the voices, from the pain, and from you.”
“Nobody listened. Nobody cared.”
Reacting, Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said preliminary findings by the Police who had established contact with her showed she was in a troubled marriage and was seeking a divorce.
He said her challenges were civil but the Command had invited the couple for counseling.
He said, “The Area Commander Nnewi has gotten her. She has a family problem and was seeking for a divorce
COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.
Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.
There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).
The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, and Adamawa.
All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.
As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.
Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.
The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, and Kano State.
The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.
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