- No Nigerian government official is allowed to leave the shores of the country until further notice
- This was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha
- The move is part of the government's efforts to stem the tide of the global COVID-19 viral disease in the country
As part of its plans to ensure Nigeria contains the spread of coronavirus, the federal government has banned all travels outside the country by officials of ministries, departments, and agencies until further notice.
The move was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the end of the inaugural meeting of the presidential task force for the control of the viral disease.
The presidential task force also advised Nigerians to cancel all travels abroad especially to all high-risk countries.
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“We have decided that it has become necessary to advise all public officials in the ministries, department and agencies and the parastatals that government has banned all forms of travel out of the country for whatever reasons, bilateral, multilateral, conferences, seminars, workshops, negotiations, presentations and any form of other ceremonies.
“This ban will remain in place until further notice and until the situation of the coronavirus abets.
“By this notice, any prior approval to travel abroad for official assignments during this period is accordingly rescinded,” Mustapha said.
The task force urged Nigerians to continue to maintain a high level of sanitation and hygiene and respiratory etiquette, maintain social distance and avoiding crowded areas.
Last week the federal government issued a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.
A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) boss to this effect was distributed to the affected airlines.
The letter which was signed by the general manager, aeromedical standards, Dr Wilfred Haggai as the NCAA was said to be acting on a directive by the federal ministry of health as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the federal government to set up a national committee to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.
The group specifically demanded that Nigerian students and academia should be part of the committee.
This was contained in a statement signed by NANS vice president, Chidi Ilogbe and Gambo Abubakar, the group's Senate president.
In a related development, a Nigerian military hospital in the nation's capital, Abuja has been giving out free hand-sanitizers to residents.
The National Defence College clinic in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been handing out the sanitizers to people for free as many stores in the city hiked the prices of hand sanitizers and face masks in the last few weeks.
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