• Restricts journey from U.S, U.Okay, France, others cancels visas
• Reps, NYSC, airline, varsity, others impose curbs
• Lagos bans non secular gathering of greater than 50 folks
Nigeria took sweeping measures yesterday to verify the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic because the nation and the remainder of the world continued to face last-minute disruptions to schedules and restrictions on social actions.
This adopted the announcement by the Federal Ministry of Health yesterday of 5 new circumstances of the illness, bringing the overall quantity within the nation to eight.
Confirming the event at a information convention in Abuja, Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire mentioned that of the 5 new constructive circumstances, three arrived from the United States, whereas two got here in from the United Kingdom.
“We are still collating information on the travellers; two of the three from the U.S. are Nigerians, a mother and child, making the six-week-old baby the youngest COVID-19 patient. The third is an American who crossed the land border and becomes the first COVID-19 case not arriving by air. The two cases from the U.K. are Nigerians,” he mentioned.
According to the minister, detailed journey historical past of every individual is being compiled and contacts presently being traced to establish individuals who’ve lately been involved with anybody of them.
The Senate famous that an deal with would go a good distance in making Nigerians adhere to preventive measures, even because it requested the Federal Government to take extra drastic measures in curbing the unfold of the virus.
Adopting a movement sponsored by Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe State), the Senate referred to as for restrictions on giant gatherings, tighter border management and stringent screening of individuals getting into the nation.
The Red Chamber additionally requested the Federal Government to limit airways from high-risk international locations, shut down all worldwide airports (besides Abuja and Lagos), droop the issuance of visa on arrival and set up an intervention fund to fight the illness.
“If we feel we are safe, it will lead us to complacency,” warned Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
Also, social media platforms had been awash yesterday with feedback suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari must take a cue from different world leaders, who’ve formally addressed their residents on the lethal illness, disclosed precautionary operations and allayed fears.
“Is national broadcast now a very difficult thing to do? What is really happening? Please, why are the president’s handlers finding this simple task very difficult to accomplish?” mentioned one Blez@blez_heji by way of Twitter.
Another, Arthur Francis@ArthurF09559924, requested: “Are we supposed to be begging this man to do what other presidents of their respective countries have done?”
Already, the Federal Government has positioned a restriction on travellers from 13 international locations affected by the pandemic.
Making the disclosure at a information convention in Abuja yesterday, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha mentioned the international locations are: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The four-week restriction takes impact Saturday, March 21 and can be topic to a assessment.
Mustapha added: “You may even recall that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the finish of a gathering introduced the ban on all types of travels by public officers and civil servants till additional discover.
“This morning, we have found it necessary to brief Nigerians on further measures being taken after an assessment of the global situation.
“All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries 15 days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.”
Following the Federal Executive Council assembly yesterday, Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola mentioned additional that visas issued to travellers from the listed international locations have been cancelled.
Similarly, the director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim introduced the nationwide suspension of the scheme’s 37 orientations camps.
During an official go to to Katsina State yesterday, Ibrahim was additionally quoted as saying: “Corps members would be posted to commence their primary assignments forthwith, while they shall be invited back to the orientation camps when the situation improves.”
Kano State NYSC coordinator, Hajiya Aisha Tata, who confirmed the event to The Guardian on the phone, mentioned the suspension of actions on the state’s camp in Karaye was in strict compliance with a directive from the corps’ headquarters in Abuja.
In one other disruption, Arik Air introduced the non permanent suspension of its flights to all West Coast locations from March 23.
Arik Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, disclosed this in a press release in Lagos, stating: “The safety and well-being of our personnel and valued customers are paramount at this critical time. We do not want to take chances and this is why we have taken this decision.”
He apologised to prospects whose journey plans might need been affected by the suspension of flights and promised to mitigate the consequences by guaranteeing a immediate refund for tickets.
At the House of Representatives, there would now not be receipt of tourists until the illness abates. The resolve adopted the unanimous adoption of a movement of Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Chawai Mouktar (APC, Kaduna).
On its half, the National Open University of Nigeria postponed its 2020 convocation ceremonies, citing “risk to health.”
“We have people coming from all over the country and we do not want to risk anything happening to anyone. We have decided that the best thing to do is to postpone the convocation until things get better,” Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Adamu advised the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview in Lagos.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health Akin Abayomi additionally introduced the cancellation of the ministry’s engagement with media and civil society organisations on COVID-19.
According to Abayomi, the occasion deliberate for right this moment, to interact stakeholders on combat COVID-19 and different pathogens was postpone in adherence to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s recommendation on social distance.
Also, the Lagos State authorities has positioned a four-week suspension on non secular actions attended by greater than 50 individuals.
It arrived on the resolution following a gathering with representatives of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Interreligious Council at Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday. A 15-member monitoring committee was additionally arrange to make sure compliance.
Commissioner for Home Affairs Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi appealed to non secular leaders to abide by all preventive measures.