Rep Akin Alabi, member of the House of Representatives, representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency urges the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to open airports.
He also pushed for interstate travel to be allowed during the next phase of relaxing the lockdown.
With a tweet on his twitter handle, rep Akin Alabi said; “Next phase of easing lockdown. Allow interstate travel. Then open the airports and introduce some safety measures.”
The covid-19 pandemic has rocked the international economy and disrupted lives like nobody could have imagined at the beginning of 2020.
Things may never return to the way they were before the Covid-19 crisis. But the world won’t stay on lockdown forever.
The airports have been shut down in March by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as part of efforts to contain COVID-19.
According to The Punch, commercial flight operations, both local and international, had stopped forthwith but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, amongst others, which are subject to the authorisation of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and agencies under it.
On May 6, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced that the closure of the country’s airports and airspace were further extended by four weeks after due consultations with experts.
However, some countries are thinking about how to get people traveling again while reducing exposure. Federal Government should also review the situation and allow for the safe reopening of the airports.
Next phase of easing lockdown. Allow interstate travel. Then open the airports and introduce some safety measures.
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) May 27, 2020