Tuesday, January 25, 2022

COVID-19: FG Takes Diplomatic Measures To Protect Nigerians Against Omicron Variant

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed it is taking diplomatic measures to protect the nation’s citizens over the ban imposed by some countries on Nigerians on account of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

This was disclosed by the chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during a media parley at the second emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja.

“Sequel to the discussions at the second emergency meetings held within the last one week, I welcome you to the National Briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PTF) on December 13, 2021.” 

The FG has made provision for citizens to boost their immunity by taking the COVID-19 vaccination.

“The PSC wishes to assure Nigerians that it has escalated all surveillance and control measures around our country. It has similarly ramped up vaccination of eligible citizens and residents while making provisions for booster shots for those fully vaccinated.”

With the emergence of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, now spreading very fast globally.

“Nigeria has continued to study developments and has deployed science and data to measure the risks to our citizens especially, the dangers of importation.

“The PSC is working with mandate Ministries to address the issues surrounding the restriction imposed by some countries on travellers from Nigeria on account of the Omicron variant. While each country is entitled to put in place measures to protect its citizens. Nigeria has similar responsibilities.

“However, based on existing relationships, Nigeria has initiated diplomatic steps to make these countries reverse their course. This is ongoing in the interest of all parties concerned and we expect that positive results would emerge within the next week.

“The PSC also evaluated the developments on the relationship between Nigeria and the UAE and we are pleased to inform you that the position of the Federal Government is in line with established ICAO Protocols and the spirit of the BASA signed with the UAE. Our sovereignty remains paramount and mutual respects shall be our guiding principle in as much as it should be in the best interest of Nigeria.

“The PSC will at its next regular briefing on Monday, December 20, 2021 brief you fully on developments,” he assured.

Oluchi Okorafor
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