By Mary Odiong
Following reports that some unsuspecting Nigerians were being defrauded in Ghana, and reports of issuing fake COVID-19 test result and vaccination cards, the Senate has resolved to probe the allegations.
The resolution was sequel to a motion to this effect by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe representing (APC, Kwara Central) who sponsored the motion.
Oloriegbe noted that while the global roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations continues to accelerate, only around one percent of the world’s population have received their full course of injections.
“Further notes that there is a serious allegation that the Ghanaian authorities are diagnosing Nigerians who travel to their country of testing positive for Covid-19 even after testing negative in Nigeria;
He observed that the Ghanaian authorities, usually, commit Nigerians who visit their country to isolation for two weeks and are made to pay about seventy thousand naira or per day.
The lawmaker also observed that the allegation was exposed by a Nigerian artiste, who was told in Ghana that he had Covid-19 even after testing negative at a Nigerian facility at home.
"He rejected the result and instead that it was a fake result. He was deported and kicked out of a Ghana by the authorities and proceeds to New York in the the United States, where his test result on arrival came out negative."
He expressed concerns that Nigerians traveling to Ghana or through Ghana lamented that they are made to pay almost one million naira while in isolation.
“Further worried that most of the Nigerians traveling to Ghana or through Ghana have alleged that the Ghanaian authorities have made them targets for the purpose of making money;
He added that if the allegation was not properly investigated and addressed, the exploitation will continue and thereby unlawfully taking away the resources of Nigerians in this global economic recession.
Oloriegbe also said if allegation of people obtaining and using fake Covid-19 vaccination cards to travel is not debunked, it may have negative consequence for Nigerians with genuine Covid-19 vaccination cards from traveling outside the country.
The lawmaker also prevailed on the upper chamber to investigate another allegation on the United Kingdom’s refusal to acknowledge the vaccination cards and tests results issued to travelers by facilities in Nigeria.
Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution directed its Committees on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), Primary Health and Communicable Diseases and Foreign Affairs to conduct detailed investigations on the two allegations of fake COVID-19 test result being used to defraud Nigerians in Ghana and obtainment or use of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.