Nigeria to decontaminate 123 aircraft, 13 airports to curb COVID-19 spread

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood has stated that federal government has listed 125 aircraft and 13 airports for decontamination across the country as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Mahmood noted that two aircraft had already been decontaminated and more would be decontaminated in the coming days.

The Minister said this in Abuja on Wednesday during the daily briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that the decontamination was slow because of the nature of the aviation industry.

“Aviation sector is such a specialized sector. We cannot rush things. I did say that we have mapped out 125 aircraft and 13 airports.

“So far, we have decontaminated and disinfected two aircraft. Why we are not rushing it is because of the nature of the industry.

“It is a place that when it comes to safety, everything must be followed carefully, and even when we want to do that, we have to follow their lead as to how and where to go while decontaminating the aircraft. “For the airports, we need to be led on where we need to go, how and when we need to also. The decontamination is ongoing because there are other facilities that we are decontaminating across the country. So, we will go as soon as they are ready for us,” he said.

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