The Federal Government has announced the arrival of another batch of 212 stranded Nigerians from Egypt on Friday. This is coming after the earlier announcement of the arrival of 158 stranded Nigerians from the Niger Republic yesterday.
The stranded Nigerians from Egypt arrived in an Egyptair airline at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at exactly 1350 hours on Friday, July 31, 2020.
This disclosure was made in a tweet post by Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) through their official Twitter handle on Friday, July 31, 2020.
It was also revealed that all the evacuees tested negative to the coronavirus disease before boarding and they will all be on a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The tweet post from the NIDCOM states, ‘’Egyptair conveying 212 stranded Nigerians arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at exactly 1350HRS today 31st July 31, 2020, from Cairo. All Evacuees tested Negative to Covid-19 before boarding and will now proceed on a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.’’
EVACUATION UPDATE 31/07/2020.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) July 31, 2020
Similarly, just yesterday July 30, the Federal Government had disclosed that about 102 Nigerians were evacuated from Casablanca, Morocco, to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 1602hrs, as part of its efforts to bring back stranded Nigerians who have been cut up with the restrictions of air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This latest evacuation brings the total to about 7,000, the number of Nigerians that have been successfully evacuated back home under the emergency arrangement since the global lockdown in March that was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
FG to open Kano, new MM International Airports for use in March
The new MAKIA terminal, new Murtala Muhammed international Airport (MMIA) will be ready before the end of March 2021.
The Federal Government is to open the new Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) terminal, and new Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) for business before the end of March 2021, while the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu terminal will come on stream in due course.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, recently at the Nigeria’s National Action Committee on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), where part of his mission was to advocate support for the industry.
He said, “We also advocate for special support for aviation industry specifically, to fast track systems upgrade in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu in a view to matching international best standards.
“In our own modest way in Nigeria, we have developed these five airports. We have completed Abuja, Port Harcourt and put to use. Kano is completed and will be put to use in March, Lagos will be put to use in the same March and Enugu in due course.”
MMA2 imports new x-ray machines from US
MMA2, Lagos took delivery of new x-ray machines ordered by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to upgrade its facilities.
The Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2, Lagos has taken delivery of new x-ray machines ordered by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to upgrade its facilities on Friday.
This was disclosed by the Group Corporate Affairs Manager of BASL, operator of MMA2, Mikail Mumuni, in a statement on Friday.
He said, “The equipment imported from the US arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Wednesday night from where they were later moved to MMA2.
”Installation of the x-ray machines and air conditioners will commence on Friday evening and that this would be completed within one week.”
The BASL spokesperson quoted the acting Head of Business of the company, Mr. Ralph Uchegbu as saying that “the installation of the new X-ray machines and air conditionals will further reinforce the status of MMA2 as the nation’s pre-eminent airport terminal in terms of customers security and comfort.”
What you should know
- BASL recently announced that it had invested over $500,000 massive upgrading of its X-ray machines and air conditioning systems for passengers safety, security and comfort.
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