Covid 19: Canada Denies Nigeria Landing Rights To Evacuate Citizens

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday said that Canada denied Nigerian carrier landing rights for a scheduled evacuation of Nigerians from the country.
The minister, however, added that further diplomatic negotiations were ongoing on the matter.
Speaking during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, Onyeama said: “It is true the Canadian Government denied landing rights to a Nigerian carrier scheduled for an evacuation duty, on grounds that the airline does not have a licence to undertake commercial flights to Canada.
“Our high commission is engaging with Canadian Government on this issue.”
The minister noted that Nigeria’s high commissioner to Canada was arguing that the airline was not a regular commercial flight but an emergency evacuation flight.
In his remarks, the National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said that essential workers should be allowed free movement across the country.
The coordinator said that Africans were being infected by novel coronavirus and were not immune to it.
“Bleach is poisonous; it could kill. It is not a cure for COVID-19.
“Hot or cold weather is not a factor in the transmission of COVID-19,” he added.

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