By Remi Adebayo
The Federal Government said it has initiated diplomatic measures to reverse travel restrictions against Nigerian travellers at the instance of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha gave the hint in his remarks at the national briefing on Monday in Abuja.
"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 on-going in the interest of all parties concerned and we expect that positive results would emerge within the next one week," the PSC Chair said.
On the aviation relationship between Nigeria and UAE, Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) noted that the Committee similarly evaluated the development and pleased, 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," Mustapha added.
With the emergence of the new COVID-19 Omicron Variant that is now spreading very fast globally, he emphasised that Nigeria has continued to study developments and has deployed science and data to measure the risks to its citizens especially, the dangers of importation.
He however assured that all surveillance and control measures around our country have been escalated and vaccination of eligible citizens and residents ramped up while making provisions for booster shots for those fully vaccinated.