The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, to assess the level of screening of inbound passengers following the reported cases of coronavirus.
The governor, who was received by the Director of Airport Operations, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Mukhtar Muye, and General Manager of Aeromedical Standards, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Wilfred Haggai, watched the screening processes of passengers at the airport by officials.
He said, “It is no longer news that we have an index case of coronavirus, and as we speak now, we are conducting tests on a few other cases.
”What it means is that we need to heighten our level of preparedness, monitoring and engagement. We are also here to encourage and motivate our teeming staff engaged in this difficult national assignment.”
It was gathered that the airport officials had also developed measures to isolate travellers that show signs of illness. Sanwo-Olu was shown the facilities - a testing station and quarantine facilities built in the airport to manage travellers with the infectious virus.
Sanwo-Olu while addressing the media expressed satisfaction with the measure put in place by the management of the airport to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
He added that his visit to the airport was to have a first-hand experience of the screening process after the Federal Government triggered an advanced vetting of air passengers.
He said, “This is really a working visit to the Lagos airport, which is the biggest international border of the country, in terms of number of passengers.
”We are here to personally ascertain how our officials are working in collaboration with airport authorities to isolate travellers with cases of infectious disease.”
Therefore, the governor urged the airport workers not to relax the screening process, as all travellers coming into the country, regardless of status or age, must be screened.
“Since we are still being friendly about accommodating international travels, we need to keep up our gird and remain firm on the screening process at the airport.
”We need to ensure that we are not keeping our eyes away from anything. Everybody coming in through our air borders must be properly screened. Nobody must be spared from thorough screening,” the governor said.
He further noted that his government is committed toward the efforts being made to combat the ravaging coronavirus and will not hesitate to make resources available to enhance the level of preparedness towards combating the virus.
In his remark, the Director of Airport Operations, (FAAN), Capt. Mukhtar Muye, thanked the governor for his visit, as it would serve as a morale booster to the staff.