The Federal Government has come out to say that the media reports of 26 Americans who arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, on Monday without screening for coronavirus is totally false.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the 26 Americans were screened by the Port health authority and the immigration while the crews that flew them in and out of the country did not disembark from the aircraft.
“I am aware about the history of the 26 passengers and I have placed a call to the head of Port health services who denied the report.
“We have problem with the crude oil production in the Bonga field, so they made an application for the expatriates to come into the country
“They need to come and carry out some emergency works on the Bonga field and they arrived yesterday.
“They met with the Port Health Authority and immigration that screened them and we have the records to show that they were screened,” he said.
The Minister explained that if any aircraft must come to the country on emergency, must come in with two crews for inbound and outbound flights.
“Any flight approved to come into the country now must come with two crews so that there will be no way any of the crew member will get down and interact.
“But if they must come down, they must go into 14 days quarantine,” he explained.
The Minister advised the media to desist from publishing fake news that can frustrate the efforts of those at the frontline of the fight against Coronavirus.
“It is wrong for the media to be publishing fake news that will frustrate the efforts of not just government but the Frontline people in this fight which are the health workers, the immigration and others.
“They are the ones that are at the highest risk of infection, when they make those sacrifices, to safe the country it is wrong for a newspaper to report with a banner headline that they did not do their jobs when in actual fact, they did.
“Another implication of this which the newspaper did not know is that they have presented to the entire world, as if Nigeria is not taking this fight serious,” he said.