In less than 24 hours after the Federal Government took the most decisive action thus far to check the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, the Anambra State Government has lauded it for placing a ban on travelers from the 13 countries most affected by the viral outbreak and for restricting its officials from foreign trips until further notice.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, led top officials in the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs as well as other top government functionaries to a news conference yesterday in Abuja where the action was announced.
“This is the right step to take in the present circumstance”, the Anambra State government said in a statement today in Awka by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba.
“The people and government of Anambra State are keenly interested in far-reaching measures to mitigate the viral outbreak because ndi Anambra travel more than any other people in Nigeria, if not Africa”, Commissioner Adinuba explained.
“They travel extensively to China, the world’s manufacturing capital, to import consumer goods as well as machinery and parts for their factories all over Nigeria and beyond.
“They also travel extensively for business, academic, religious and leisure purposes to Italy, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, France, Iran and South Korea and Japan, call ountries affected by the ban on account of recording more than 1,000 Coronavirus cases”.
The statement praised the Federal Government for “not waiting till confirmed cases in Nigeria rose astronomically before acting in the overriding public interest”.