The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has accused some in-bound travelers of refusing to require the mandatory post-seven days COVID-19 tests after arriving within the country.
The Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha stated this while speaking at the National briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja,
“The PTF has been evaluating the compliance level of Nigerians with the protocols for testing by in-bound and out-bound travelers.
“It has been discovered that a number of these travelers have indulged in presenting fake documents.
“Some that have purchased post-arrival testing has did not show up for the tests,” Mustapha said.
While giving more details, Mustapha explained that “Statistics showed the subsequent as at November 9, 2020; total No of bookings: 91,522
Total No of passengers exempted: 5,470 (6 per cent); children: 1,248 (1.36 percent); Diplomats: 3,392 (3.7 percent);
Evacuees: 830 (0.9 per cent).
“Total passengers expected to pay were 86,052(94 percent); paid: 46,982 (54.6 percent); Not Paid: 39,070(45.45 percent); Travelers that have arrived in-country but haven’t paid (approximately 39,000); Amount paid to non-public labs by passengers who have refused to require the post-arrival 7-day test: NGN220 – 270 million nairas,” he said.
Mustapha further said, “The PTF is concluding steps to figure with relevant institutions and legal authorities to impose appropriate sanctions on people who default the protocols.”