COVID-19: Presidency Releases New Advisory For Aso Rock Visitors, Gives Reason

COVID-19: Presidency Releases New Advisory For Aso Rock Visitors, Gives Reason

  • All intending visitors going into the Presidential Villa in Abuja would be mandated to take the rapid COVID-19 test
  • Garba Shehu said the rapid test for all became necessary following the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across Nigeria
  • According to Shehu, the test kits are free and would the rapid tests would be taken at the all entrance of the Villa gates

The Nigerian presidency has released a fresh advisory for all intending visitors of the Presidential Villa.

In the new advisory, visitors to the Presidential Villa would now be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test before gaining access to the Aso Rock.

Those affected by the new rule include all the VIPs, governors, ministers and anyone who wishes to visit the president or those who are on various official visits.

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Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu said only some leaders have been exempted from taking the test Photo: Garba Shehu
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Daily Trust reports that Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity said it has become compulsory for every visitor to take the rapid test.

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Noting that the tests will be carried out free of charge, Shehu said the test kits will be at the entrance of the gates of the Villa.

He, however, said that some exceptions have been made for a few leaders coming from outside the Villa. He also noted that such leaders are also encouraged to take the test for safety reasons.

Shehu said:

“Yes, a new regime of COVID-19 regulation has been put in place for all visitors to the Villa, not for governors alone."
“Every visitor to the Villa, not just those seeing the President, is now required to do a rapid test at the gate. The kits are freely issued so no one is required to make payment."

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Shehu added that the new advisory would only last for a short time and was only implemented as a result of the spike in COVID-19 cases.

He said:

“This policy has rightfully been justified following the discovery of Covid positivity in some of those tested since the last few days of the practice."

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