Coronavirus: Nigeria suspends movement of aircrafts to control spread

Peace Kanu, Abuja


Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has suspended movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The Presdient who made this known in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday evening however said that special permits would be issued on a needs basis.

“We must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice,” the President stated.

He also directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos, FCT and Ogun state for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

“All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes.Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period,” he directed.

Development Financial Institutions

President Buhari further directed development financial institutions in the country to engage international and multilateral development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of borrowers.

“I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.

“I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.

“For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediatel,” he added.

The President reiterated the commitment of government to avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery and to confront the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Peace PIAK