The presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-1 has disclosed it has initiated diplomatic steps to make countries that slammed travel bans on Nigerians to reverse their decision.
Following the cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant reported in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Canada, US, Saudi Arabia had declared travellers from Nigeria and other African countries would not be allowed entry into their country.
Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the PSC, said: “The PSC wishes to assure Nigerians that it has escalated all surveillance and control measures around our country,” he said.
“It has similarly ramped up vaccination of eligible citizens and residents while making provisions for booster shots for those fully vaccinated.
”The PSC is working with mandate ministries to address the issues surrounding the restriction imposed by some countries on travelers 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 one week.”