To protect Nigerians from external exposure, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the immediate closure of international airports and land borders for four weeks in the first instance, to enable the government put up the appropriate policies, processes and infrastructure to cope with suspected and confirmed cases at home, without risking a compounding of the situation with more imported cases.
Already N10bn grant was approved for Lagos, the epicentre of the virus and N5bn for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, as well as a recall of it’s retired staff.
The President expressed regret over the inconvenience caused by the travel restrictions to Nigerian citizens abroad, who would want to return home, saying however that the decision was imperative for the greater good, and thanked them their understanding and cooperation.
President Buhari said he had also directed that only cargo vessels that had been at sea for more than 14 days be allowed to dock, after the crew had been tested and confirmed disease-free by the Port Health Authorities.
6 cases we’re recently discovered on a vessel, according to the NCDC.
He however said vessels carrying oil and gas products had been exempted from the 14-day restriction because of their minimal human contact.
Also restricted is the movement of commuter trains to limit the spread of the virus to other parts of the country.