- The Nigerian government has implemented protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country
- The SGF, Boss Mustapha, stated that the protocols apply to both Nigerians and foreigners
- FG has raised concerns over the highly contagious COVID-19 strain in India
The Nigerian government has declared that some travellers as persons of interest for reportedly evading seven-day quarantine.
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has released the names of 90 travelers, accused of failing to observe quarantine, PM News reported.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who chairs the PSC committee disclosed on Sunday, May 23, that the erring persons comprised 63 Nigerians and 27 foreigners.
Mustapha stated that the affected travellers arrived in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey between May 8 and May 15 through the airports in Lagos and Abuja.
He said the concerned travellers have been mandated to report to the nearest government health facility within the next 48 hours.
According to The Cable, Mustapha disclosed that PSC will also sanction the travellers by disabling their passports for at least one year, while foreigners will have their visas cancelled.
“Members of the public are by this notice advised that these persons of interest constitute an immediate health hazard to the society. They must therefore transport themselves safely, to the nearest state public health departments within 48hrs of this notice for immediate evaluation and call the Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health on 08036134672 or 08032461990 for further directions.''
See the full list of the passengers below:
Meanwhile, following the emergence of the deadly COVID-19 strains in India, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, the Nigerian government has taken steps to reduce the exposure of its citizens.
With this, the government reintroduced some measures which were put in place during the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Punch reported.
Specifically, the government restricted gatherings at worship centres and banned nightclubs, concerts, carnivals and street parties which are ubiquitous during Sallah celebrations.