COVID-19: FG reveals reason behind ban on UK, Canada, others

COVID-19: FG reveals reason behind ban on UK, Canada, others

The Federal Government has explained the reason behind its decision to place some countries on a red list in the wake of the omicron variant of the COVID-19.

This COVID-19 ban was revealed on Sunday, December 12, by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, who was a guest on Channels TV’s News @ 10.

According to him, contrary to claims that the COVID-19 ban was on a tit-for-tat basis, the move was only expected to be in the best interest of the country.

“I don’t want you to look at it from that angle, (the tit-for-tat perception). No, it’s not that,” he stated. “In international diplomacy, I am aware that you have what we call the principle of reciprocity in which case you want to act in a reciprocal manner that another country has acted.

“But most importantly, in all these, is that as a sovereign state we have every right to determine what is best for us in terms of our interest.

“Whichever way we act, it is in consonance with what we take to be in our own best interest. So it is not an issue of tit-for-tat. It’s been done in the best interest of our country.”

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The minister also spoke about the exit of many medical practitioners from the country in search of greener pastures abroad.

According to him, health workers consider remuneration; conducive environment, available equipment, among other factors before leaving the shores of Nigeria.

Mamora, however, stated that the Federal Government was working closely with relevant bodies to address the issues; that force medical doctors and nurses to leave the country.

“Issues of remuneration, incentives, allowances; all these come into play; and must be factored in a manner as to make that system sustainable,” he said. “We are looking at all these in totality to ensure that our health personnel will remain.

“But the fact still remains that irrespective of what you do, in the spirit of adventure; there are some people who will still want to leave and we may not have much to do.”

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