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Federal Government closes Lagos, Abuja international airports. NRC gives conditions for using railway services

Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos

The Federal Government has announced the closure of the Murtala Muhammed and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airports in Lagos and Abuja.

The decision was taken following the increase in the number of CoronaVirus cases in Nigeria.

Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Saturday announced that the Abuja and Lagos airports would be closed from Monday and only emergency and essential flights would be allowed.

Naija Buzz News had reported the closure of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano,  Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Port Harcourt International Airport.

He however noted that domestic airlines would continue normal flight operation within the country.

“Further to our earlier letter on restrictions of international flights to Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective March 23 to April 23,  the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be closed to all international flights.

“This is in addition to the closure of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, effective March 21.”

Also, the Nigerian Railway Corporation on Saturday gave some conditions for passengers to use its services nationwide.

The NRC had earlier announced that all passenger train operations would stop from March 23, 2020.

Yakub Mahmood, the Deputy Director NRC Public Relations, in a statement said;

“The board and management of the NRC have decided to stop all passenger train operations as from March 23, 2020.

“This is in view of the report of the already known coronavirus outbreak. Further information on passenger train services will be made available in due course to our esteemed passengers.”

The NRC however later gave conditions for the usage of its services.

“Passengers (are) to provide their full names, addresses, date of birth and means of identity. We enjoin all passengers to please cooperate with any other measures put in place to protect ourselves from ourselves,” the NRC said.

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