The Federal Government has initiated diplomatic steps to reverse the country’s inclusion into a red list by some nations due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who represented the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, stated at an emergency briefing by the committee on Monday.
According to him, the move is in the best interest of all parties, noting that the country is expecting a positive response within a week.
He noted that the PSC has also evaluated the developments on the relationship between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stating that the Federal Government’s position is in line with established ICAO Protocols and the spirit of the BASA signed with the UAE.
Sirika insisted that Nigeria’s sovereignty remains paramount and that mutual respect will be upheld as a guiding principle in the best interest of the nation.
The minister promised that the PSC will reveal the next line of action on Monday, 20th December.
According to him, so far, the death toll from COVID-19 in the country has been below 3,000.
Sirika added that Nigeria is yet to receive a letter circulating on social media; and indicating a revised travel restriction update purportedly from the UAE.
Earlier in the day, a memo complete with a reference number and allegedly from the United Arab Emirates had emerged; stating that owing to an increasing number of COVID-19 infected passengers at the destination; it has decided to stop accepting Nigerian passengers into the country.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has assured that by 2022, Nigeria would have the largest Fifth Generation (5G) coverage in Africa.
Pantami gave the assurance at the auction of the 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) spectrum; organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Monday, December 13, in Abuja.
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The minister noted that 5G would solve some of the security challenges in the country; since the technology provides real-time services and platforms.
“We have already made a number of giant strides in the development of our digital economy; and also the development of 5G networks; will further support our efforts.
“This will harness the social and economic benefits that come along with it.
“It will serve as a catalyst for the successful implementation of our National Digital Economy Development and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria,” he said.