Posted by Sade Williams
Barely 24 hours after a member of House of Representatives, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, asked airport authorities to deny access to any Nigeria who flouts COVID-19 protocols, the Senate has called on FAAN and the Ministry of Aviation to blacklist any Nigerian who preffers to disobey the health protocols in place at Nigerian airports.
In a commendation letter signed by Smart Adeyemi, chairman, Senate committee on Aviation, to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the Senate condemned the attitudes of the VIPs who have flouted the rules so far, saying they should be made to face the music.
“I write to commend you and your ministry on the good works you have done thus far in the preventive and protective measures put in place at the selected airports already opened for operation.
“I must very quickly say that I am impressed by your proactive approach in the face of the corona virus pandemic. I will be delighted to see the same strategies being implemented at all other airports before they fully commence operations.
“At this junction Honourable Minister, it has been brought to my attention that some highly placed individuals who ought to adhere completely to the guidelines put in place by your good office have been found wanting . it has been reported that these individuals have shown unwillingness to comply with set down rules and guidelines for the safety of all Nigerians. This must not be condoned under any circumstance. You would agree with me that the corona virus pandemic is one we must all take seriously particularly at this time. Set down guidelines proffered by the NCDC must be adhere to very strictly.
“The virus is no respecter of status or position. In the face of health issues, everyone is equal and no individual should be allowed to jeopardize the health and safety of another.
In truth, public office holders, and highly placed individuals should be more concerned about the safety of the people. With position comes the burden of service.
“I therefore urged that any Nigerian who deliberately failed to all measures as directed should not be allowed entry into the any Nigerian airport for at least four months irrespective of his decision may be to travel privately by road. Furthermore, such individuals should be blacklisted at all airports and exposed on social media. This will serve as a deterrent to others.
” The the covid-19 is indeed a global pandemic and should not be taken for granted. The implementation of preventive measures should be fully enforced regardless of social status. While I anticipate your timely and urgent enquiry and onward intervention on this crucial matter, do accept the assurance my highest regards”, he said.