COVID-19: FG Clears Air on Interstate Movement come June 21



According to Federal Government of Nigeria, there are indications that the ban on
interstate movement across Nigeria would be
lifted on June 21.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential
Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani
Aliyu, gave the hint on Tuesday, noting that
once domestic flights resume on 21, it would not be ideal to maintain the ban on interstate
travel which have been closed
since March to curtail the spread of
COVID-19.

However, there have been reports of the
failure of this measure owing to reports that 
Security agencies tasked with the
responsibility of ensuring compliance have
been accused of aiding motorists to flout it.

Dr. Aliyu while responding to a question during the
PTF’s 39th joint national briefing on
Tuesday, said the ban on interstate
travels still remains in place with the
exception of movement of agricultural
produce, petroleum products, manufactured
goods and essential services.

Clarifying the air, Dr. Aliyu said: “When we say
from June 21, we mean that we are
preparing the aviation sector towards that
date.
“That date may not necessarily be June 21; it
could be June 26, 28, or even July 1.
“It depends on whether or not they are
prepared.


“So we are giving them a time frame of three
weeks to start preparing for domestic flights.
“Once we open up the skies to domestic
flights, then we would have to review the
arrangements regarding interstate travel
because you cannot have a ban on interstate
travel and you have people flying from one
state to another.

“We are giving an opportunity for the aviation
sector that is heavily regulated to make sure
that they start getting their acts together so
that airports open up in a safe way.”



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