Through the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, the Federal Governmemt has banned over 2,000 nigerian and foreigners from travelling abroad and into the country for one year, for avoiding the coronavirus Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the country’s international airports.
On Monday, Mukhtar Muhammad the National Incident Manager (NIM) of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja.
Muhammad said that the names of over 2,000 citizens’ and foreigners’ had been pasted at all the major federal medical facilities where medical experts were assigned to give care to Nigerians and foreigners that had travelled into the country during the COVID-19 third wave.
According to the reports, he said the government had insisted that passengers, who arrived into the country, especially from high-risk countries, must be quarantined in a government-provided facility, and that the passports of those who failed to comply with the protocol had been suspended for one year.
“Let me assure you that so far we have published the list of over 2,000 people who evaded quarantine in our health facilities. And we have gone ahead to ensure that their passports are suspended, so, for every action there are consequences,”
On may 1, 2021 the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) disclosed that the PSC issued a Travel Advisory for Passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.
Boss Mustapha the chairman of (NAN) said the precautionary measures were a necessary step to mitigate the risk of importation of variants of concern and breaking the chain of transmission to the population.
They have stated that passengers arriving from/or that have visited any of these three countries within fourteen (14) days prior to the visit to Nigeria, were required to follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.
On day seven many passengers failed to make out the compulsory isolation or to present themselves for the PCR to repeat the test, various finding has shown.
They have also produced names and passport numbers to levanter.