The Federal Government has given reason it has not banned flights from the United Kingdom into Nigeria despite the high level of Coronavirus.
On Tuesday in Abuja, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, speaking on a Radio Nigeria programme, “Politics Nationwide’’ said it would require the concurrence of neighboring countries for the ban to be effective.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed added that although the Nigerian government was concerned about importing the COVID-19 new strain, it does not want to take a hasty decision.
According to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Presidential Committee on Coronavirus decided to watch the development for the main time after its meeting on Monday.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed said they are working with West African Health Organizations and other neighboring countries, particularly the Benin Republic, Togo, and Ghana.
“We did not want to take a hasty decision to ban flights from the UK into Nigeria only to find out our people are going through Cotonou, Lome, or Accra to come into the country.
“What the Airlines will do is to transfer Nigerian passengers to these routes, and they will enter the country through the land borders
“This will lead to hardship to Nigerians because if you transfer your economy to other countries, you lose a lot of money.
If the country gets the concurrence of these other countries, it will not hesitate to do the needful, Alhaji Lai Mohammed added.
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