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 The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over a three-day dust haze starting on Monday to Wednesday across the country.

A statement signed by the Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Chris Najomo, said this warning was contained in a statement by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) on weather, alerting the public on the possibility of deterioration in visibility as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday predicted moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility range from 2km to 5km over the North. It envisaged moderate dust haze with a horizontal visibility range of 2km to 5km, and localized horizontal visibility of less than or equal to 1000m over the North Central.

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The agency forecast dust haze over the inland of the South and the coastal region throughout the forecast period.”

For Tuesday, moderate dust haze with a horizontal visibility range of 2km to 5km is anticipated over the northern region.

According to him, NiMet said moderate dust haze with a horizontal visibility range of 2kn to 5km, and localized horizontal visibility of less than or equal to 1000m is anticipated over the North central the inland of the South, and the coastal region of the country throughout the forecast period,” it said.

It added that thick dust haze is expected over the northern region throughout the forecast period, anticipating moderate dust haze with a horizontal visibility range of 2km to 5km.

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It further anticipated localized horizontal visibility of less than or equal to 1,000m over the North Central, the Inland of the South, and the Coastal belt of the country.“Dust particles are in suspension; use a face mask where possible.

The Agency further advised people with Asthma and other respiratory issues to be cautious of the present weather situations, adding that special attention should be paid to the skin, eyes, and lips.

“Moisturize your skin and lips as much as possible.”, the Agency advised the public.

It advised airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from NiMet for effective planning in their operations as the Authority urges all passengers to exercise patience and understanding during this period as their safety is of utmost importance.

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Wole Shadare