COVID-19: Legislators Refuse Airport Screening
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COVID-19: Legislators Refuse Airport Screening

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Some members of the House of Representatives, who recently returned from foreign trips are posing serious threat to the safety of Nigerians as they have refused to subject themselves to screening at the airport.

The Presidency, in a letter dated 21st March, 2020, informed the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, of the report from the Minister of Health on the refusal of some House members to subject themselves to screening at the airport as directed by health officials.

The Speaker has been asked to direct all members of the House who recently returned from trips abroad to report to the nearest NCDC office with immediate effect for screening. This was disclosed in a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

The letter read: “It has been brought to the Honourable Minister of Health, recently reported to this office that some members of the House of Representatives are refusing to subject themselves to medical screening at airports.

“As you are aware, these airport screenings are our primary line of defense and refusal by any citizen to subject to these tests is a threat to our nation.

“Accordingly, you are kindly requested to direct all members of the House of Representatives who returned to Nigeria from foreign trips to report themselves to the nearest NCDC test centre with immediate effect."

Benjamin Kalu, Spokesman of the House, said it is selfish and unpatriotic for one to refuse airport screening. He added that the letter from the Chief of Staff to the House was a wake up call for all Nigerians that the Coronavirus is real and should be taken seriously by all irrespective of status.

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