Nigeria’s minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has given the reason why the federal government has yet to place a travel ban on visitors to the country in other to contain the spread of the viral coronavirus which has taken thousands of lives across the world.
While responding to question by Nigerians on Twitter, Rauf explained that the government is still keeping the country’s borders open despite Coronavirus, because he feels Federal Ministry of Health is doing a fantastic job at combating the spread.
The tweet reads;
Dear Honourable Minister @raufaregbesola. @kronikls wants to know why we are not placing a travel ban on visitors from the USA and Europe. I too will be interested in the answer. Thanks and good morning. Cc. @Fmohnigeria @NCDCgov https://t.co/ZlABAkbeQW
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) March 15, 2020
“The @Fmohnigeria is leading Nigeria’s efforts on combating Coronavirus and they are doing a fantastic job at it. According to yesterday’s briefing from the minister, @DrEOEhanire, Nigeria will continue to monitor incoming travelers and select those that are fit for secondary screening. If and when the time comes for Nigeria to lock up our borders, appropriate advice will be given to that effect.
“For now, let us trust the professionals handling the job and continue to maintain high personal hygiene and other measures, as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health.”
African countries like Ghana and Kenya have closed their borders to travellers from Coronavirus-hit countries like the United States of America and Italy.