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Their excellencies’ menace – The Nation Nigeria



AVIATION regulator, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), did the unprecedented final week by calling out eminent personalities it accused of getting not too long ago violated port well being and public security protocols put in place to guard vacationers amidst the raging coronavirus pandemic.

The company accused former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari of breaching Covid-19 protocols on the the Malam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport on Saturday, 11th July, by refusing an atmosphere official who needed to disinfect his baggage in keeping with laws prescribed earlier than native flights had been allowed to renew on eighth July. Worldwide flights are nonetheless on maintain, ever because the shutdown of all flight operations in March. The previous governor allegedly pushed away the atmosphere official, saying he ought to’ve been conscious of his social standing as a ‘Very Essential Individual (VIP).’ FAAN, in twitter posts on Wednesday, final week, stated the habits put different airport customers in danger.

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In one other sequence of tweets on Thursday, FAAN accused Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of flouting airport safety and public well being protocols at Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa. The company alleged that the governor, who arrived the airport aboard plane 5N-IZY at 17.08 hrs on 14th July with eight others, refused to have his temperature checked or abide by primary sanitisation protocols requested of him by port well being officers. All eight individuals in his entourage adopted in his steps, stated FAAN. Moreover, officers who got here to obtain Fintiri and his entourage allegedly drove by means of mounted barricades as much as the terminal constructing in defiance of site visitors and aviation safety directions.

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Each Governor Fintiri and ex-Governor Yari have denied the accusations, and it’s curious why FAAN would single them out with out trigger. Yari certainly stated he anticipated an apology from the company for accusing him of what he didn’t do. “There was nothing like that. Completely nothing. Once I obtained to the airport, I met two workers together with one with a thermometer, who took my temperature. I even joked with the particular person on whether or not or not I used to be match to journey. He stated, ‘Oga, you’re greater than match, your temperature is 34.’ The following degree was utilizing the sanitiser. I went to the particular person and the sanitiser was dropped on my palm. I had no baggage. I used to be solely having my cellphone in my hand,” he informed the media on the weekend.

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Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika stated the alleged incidents had been being investigated, and authorities would take applicable steps on no matter its inquiry yields. Forward of that, the onus of proof lies with FAAN. However the company’s outcry is sufficient of a reminder to dignitaries on the crucial of strictly abiding by protocols put in place to guard us all amidst this pandemic.





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