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Air travellers across Nigerian Airports hit 8.5 million in 6-month

Nigerian Airports witnessed increased patronage in 2019, as air travellers rose to 8.48 million in 6-month. Basically, total air travellers (domestic and international) rose to 8.48 million in June 2019, up from 8.05 million in the corresponding period of 2018.



Nigerian Airports witnessed increased patronage between January and June 2019, as air travellers (domestic and international) rose to 8.48 million in 6-month. The latest Air Transport report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed.

The Bureau’s report, stated that the total passengers traffic (domestic and international) rose by 0.43 million from 8.05 million in the corresponding period of 2018. This means that air travellers (domestic and international) across Nigerian airports rose by 5.4%.

Departures and Arrivals of Air Travellers

  • Details of the report show that the domestic air passengers rose to 6.36 million in June 2019, up from 6 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Also, international passengers who passed through Nigerian Airports rose to 2.12 million, up from 2.04 million in June 2018.
  • In terms of arrival, Nigerian Airports recorded 4.23 million passengers, while 4.25 million passengers departed the country.

Domestic Air travellers

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As contained in the report, Lagos State’s Murtala Muhammed Airport recorded the highest number of domestic air travellers for the period under review.

  • Murtala Muhammed Airport recorded 2.003 million air passengers between January and June 2019. This represents 31% of the total air passengers.
  • A further breakdown shows that total arrivals to the Lagos Airport stood at 1.02 million, while departure was 0.980 million within the period.
  • The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, ranks second on the list, recording 1.99 million passengers within the period.
  • Top states with the highest passengers’ traffic include Port-Harcourt (547,972); Kano (261,903); Owerri (210,948); Benin (153,560); Enugu (143,597); kwa-Ibom (110,658) and Maiduguri (102,516).
  • On the other hand, Airport that recorded the least passengers’ traffic includes Forcados (9,868), Katsina (2,154), Minna (1,948), Zaria (691), Dutse (526) and Eket (17).

International Air travellers

A total of 2.12 million international passengers travelled in and out of the country through 10 major airports in the country during the period under review.

  • Just like domestic travellers, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, recorded the highest with 1.48 million international travellers (arrival and departure) as at the end of June 2019.
  • International travellers who departed from Lagos stood at 773,500, while arrival was 713,709.
  • The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja ranks second with 455,139 passengers. Out of the total, 219,019 arrivals were recorded, while 236,120 departed.
  • Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport recorded 103,331 international passengers.
  • Other include Port Harcourt (38,544), Enugu (26,092), Maiduguri (6,338), Yola (3,587), Sokoto (2,188), Gombe (499) and Kaduna (28)

Some major concerns

As the number of Nigerians travelling through air transport increases, one of the perennial problems being faced remain flights delay.

The rising spate of delayed flights is a major source of concern, and many air travellers believe the country’s local aviation sector of Nigeria is arguably one of the most unreliable in the emerging market. Flight delays are frequent occurrences and Nigerians appear to be accustomed to it.

As earlier reported by Nairametrics, 16,429 (55%) of the domestic flights operated in the first six (6) months of 2019 were delayed.

According to the report released, between January and June 2019, a total of 30,040 flights were operated in the country, out of which 16,429 (55%) were delayed. Also, within the period, a total of 241 flights were cancelled.


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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria



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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 158,506 confirmed cases.

On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 158,506 cases have been confirmed, 137,875 cases have been discharged and 1,969 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 1.54 million tests have been carried out as of March 7th, 2021 compared to 1.49 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 7th March 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 158,506
  • Total Number Discharged – 137,890
  • Total Deaths – 1,969
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,544,008

According to the NCDC, the 269 new cases are reported from 19 states- Enugu (78), Bauchi (37), Rivers (22), Imo (18), Ogun (16), FCT (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Kaduna (13), Kebbi (11), Kwara (9), Edo(7), Ekiti (6), Borno (5), Yobe(5), Kano (4) Nasarawa (3), Osun (3), Anambra (2) and Plateau (2).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 56,444, followed by Abuja (19,350), Plateau (8,944), Kaduna (8,658),  Oyo (6,766), Rivers (6,680), Edo (4,670), Ogun (4,437), Kano (3,844), Ondo (3,066), Kwara (2,962), Delta (2,582), Osun (2,457), Nasarawa (2,251), Enugu (2,156), Katsina (2,060), Gombe (2,010), Ebonyi (1,951), Anambra (1,813), Akwa Ibom (1,610), and Abia (1,588).

Imo State has recorded 1,569 cases, Borno (1,308), Bauchi (1,274), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (942), Niger (919), Taraba (863), Ekiti (834), Bayelsa (779), Sokoto (769), Jigawa (496), Kebbi (412), Cross River (334), Yobe (293), Zamfara (222), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.


On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

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On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

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Twitter CEO auctions his first-ever tweet on Twitter, bidding at $2.5 million

Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens.



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Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on Twitter “just setting up my twttr” on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The tweet was listed for sale on ‘Valuables by Cent’ – a tweets marketplace that was launched three months ago. The tweet was first made in March 2006

The tweet received offers as high as $88,888.88 within minutes of Jack tweeting a link to the listing on” Valuables by Cent” on Friday.

Currently, bidding has reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.

The highest bid for the tweet — $2.5 million — came from Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi. It topped cryptocurrency pioneer, Justin Sun’s $2 million bid.

The final buyer of the tweet will receive a certificate, digitally signed and verified by Jack Dorsey, as well as the metadata of the original tweet. The data will include information such as the time the tweet was posted and its text contents. Most of this information, however, is already publicly available.

According to Valuables by Cent’s terms, 95% of a tweet’s sale will go to the original creator while the remainder will go to the website.

What you should know

  • NFTs is a unique digital certificate that states who owns a photo, video, or other forms of online media.
  • Dorsey’s 15-year-old tweet is one of the most famous tweets ever on the platform.
  • Bidding had reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) on Saturday, indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.
  • More people are currently bidding their tweets on the platform.

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