Senate rejects N75,000 coronavirus test fee for international flight

Senate rejects N75,000 coronavirus test fee for international flight

- The Nigerian lawmakers have warned against adopting measures being used to fight the coronavirus in Europe and other continents

- According to the National Assembly, it is wrong to adopt some detrimental foreign measures in Nigeria

- The Senate added that coronavirus is not as potent in Nigeria

- The lawmakers also rejected coronavirus test fee for international flights

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The methods of fighting coronavirus in Nigeria should be different from those adopted by foreign countries. According to the Nigerian Senate, stakeholders in the health sector should avoid copying western worlds in their approach against the pandemic.

According to the co-chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on Health and Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, the virus is not as potent in Nigeria as in other western countries.

He said this during an interactive session with stakeholders in the aviation and health sectors on safety measures put in place in the wake of the resumption of international and domestic flights in the country.

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Adeyemi insisted that based on that reality, it was wrong for relevant authorities in the country to be swallowing hook, line and sinker, measures being adopted to fight the disease in Europe, Americas, China and other advanced countries of the world, Leadership reports.

”There is something in us as Africans that is not in them in Europe and America, which made COVID-19 not to be disastrous here as it was there.

“In the light of this, measures that are detrimental to the livelihood and well-being of Nigerians should be avoided, so as not to kill the nation’s economy.

“People are not finding things easy outside there as a result of the way and manner COVID-19 pandemic is being fought in the country and as representatives of the people, feelers reaching us indicate revolt against government in December if drastic actions are not taken between now and then to make things easier,” Adeyemi warned.

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Senate rejects N75,000 coronavirus test fee for international flight
Senate has rejected N75,000 coronavirus test fee for international flight. Credit: Sahara Reporters.
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Also, the Senate through the chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, faulted the policy adopted by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The policy allows only private laboratories to carry out tests on intending travelers abroad at the cost of N75,000.

Meanwhile, had reported that in an effort to ensure a smooth relationship between the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government, President Muhammadu Buhari has formed an executive/legislative/party consultative committee.

A statement issued by Laolu Akande, the special senior assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the committee would bring a more fruitful and cordial relationship among the different structures of the executive, legislative arms of government and the ruling party.

The report noted that Osinbajo said with the take-off of the consultative platform, there would be a more coordinated approach in the work of the federal government. had also reported that Osinbajo said the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the economic hardship and the poverty situation in Nigeria.

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It was reported that Osinbajo made the statement on Tuesday, September 8, during his presentation at a retreat organised for ministers, permanent secretaries and top government functionaries.

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