According to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, the Federal Government would impose sanctions, including deactivating the travel passports of Nigerians accused of violating a recent travel advise for travelers from India, Brazil, and Turkey.
In the previous three weeks, the Federal Government has publicized the names and other travel details of more than 220 accused violators of the travel alert who avoided rules set for travelers from the aforementioned countries of concern.
Speaking during the PSC’s media briefing in Abuja on Monday, Chairman of the Committee and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said besides deactivating passports of Nigerian violators, the foreign violators would have their visas revoked and prosecution where applicable, would be an option.
“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,” he said.
Concerning the dispute over flight limitations between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he stated that the government is still in discussions with the authorities, guaranteeing that the outcome of the negotiations would be in the best interests of the country.
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“For some time now, Nigeria has been negotiating the resumption of flights between the two nations with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.
“The PSC will encourage the UAE to end its country-specific and discriminatory policies against Nigeria.”
However, discussions are ongoing, and we can promise Nigerians that the decision will be in the best interests of the country,” he stated.
On the vaccination front, Mustapha stated that around 2 million Nigerians have been immunized thus far, adding that significant success had been made in the country’s drive against vaccine reluctance.