In a swift action to stem the growing trend of deliberate flouting of Covid-19 guidelines, the Nigerian government on Monday announced it has suspended the passports of more than 2,000 in-bound travellers for violating the COVID protocol.
Mukhtar Mohammed, national incident manager of the presidential steering committee (PSC), made this known at a media briefing held in Abuja.
Mohammed noted that, surveillance systems have been improved at airports, seaports, and land borders, and travellers found to have violated the protocol have been “penalised”.
“Our efforts, in terms of restrictions, have shown that compliance with these measures is actually very low. However, our efforts on compliance at point of entry has been shown to be quite appreciable,” he said.
He stated that passengers who arrived from restricted countries, and people who evaded these protocols have been penalised by publishing their names, their passports 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, certainly, there are consequences," he maintained.
Passengers arriving from high-risk countries such as South Africa, India, Brazil and Turkey must observe 14-day quarantine in government-approved facilities.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.