The Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC), on COVID-19 has announced that it would proceed to deactivate the international passports of Nigerians who flouted the 2021 Health Safety Regulations as its concerns travel advisory.
The COVID-19 Committee Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, June 1.
”Pursuant to the travel advisory issued, I wish to inform you that the PSC has initiated series of sanctions against those that have violated the 2021 Health Safety Regulations.
”To this end, the PSC has published the names and particulars of over 200 violators that evaded the quarantine requirement.
“This is considered a serious infraction and the PSC will proceed to do the following: deactivate the passports of Nigerians involved, for a period of not less than one year; revoke the visas of foreigners that have abused our hospitality; and prosecute the violators where necessary.”
The COVID-19 Taskforce Chairman warned that Nigeria cannot afford a third wave of coronavirus and will do everything to protect its territory.
“In the next couple of weeks, the PSC will focus on three major things, increase testing especially in the states, increase oxygen reserve capacity in case there is a third wave, and increase vaccine acquisition drive,” he said.
On the travel ban against Emirates Airlines, the SGF said: “for some time now, Nigeria has been discussing with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates on the resumption of flights between the two countries.
“Nigerians must eschew sentiments by ensuring that friends, relations, and associates arriving from countries of concern and indeed all countries obey the quarantine and post-arrival protocols. It is our duty to make sure this occurs.”
In another development, PSC members took their second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Speaking during the vaccination, Boss Mustapha said: ”some 12 weeks ago, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), began administration of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine across the nation with about two million persons vaccinated so far.
”We have since then intensified the creation of awareness to achieve a reduction of vaccine hesitancy and encourage all eligible persons to come out and take their second dose.
“Over the weekend, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
”Today, members of the PSC will receive their second dose during this briefing. This transparency is to underscore the safety of the vaccine.”