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Azman Air shuts operations

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Kano State-based Azman Air has announced the suspension of operations as a result of the ravaging Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The suspension takes effect from midnight of Friday, March 27.

A statement signed by the Chief Financial Officer, Muhammad Abdulmanuf, indicated that the decision to shut down was reached after due consultation with relevant authorities in the aviation industry.

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Despite the huge economic impact, the operator of the Kano-based airline explained that the suspension would further help to curtail the needless spread of the deadly virus.

Other domestic operators, including Air Peace, Dana Air and Arik Air had suspended businesses.

Meanwhile, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has directed states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and agencies to suspend pilgrims’ enlightenments due to the pandemic.

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NAHCON’s spokesperson, Fatima Usara, stated that the directive became necessary in the light of the health challenges posed by COVID-19 with its potency of rapid transmission, especially in large gatherings.

Although the statement stressed that the measure was temporary, the commission said it become pertinent to protect pilgrims as well as intending pilgrims from hazardous circumstances whether in or outside the country.

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Moreover, the statement reminded the Federal Government, in line with advice from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had banned all public gatherings whether religious or social, to further support social distancing and as a COVID-19 containment strategy, a measure NAHCON will comply with.

“The circular signed by NAHCON Commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library Services, Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, commended state pilgrims’ boards/commissions/agencies for their efforts in pilgrims’ enlightenment.

“The sensitisation is geared towards mentoring Nigerian pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the country while in Saudi Arabia. However, all necessary preparatory steps for 2020 Hajj goes on,” the document advised.

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