• Britain’s choice dependent on discrimination, not scientific but prejudice, statements FG
• Presidential steering committee will reply appropriately quickly, claims Mohammed
• It is a temporary precautionary evaluate to avoid even more Omicron situations in United kingdom – Envoy
The United Kingdom on Monday justified its journey ban on Nigeria, stating the evaluate was a momentary evaluate aimed at preserving its general public overall health.
The Head of Communications, British Higher Commission, Dean Hurlock, mentioned this in response to inquiries from The PUNCH on Monday night, just at the Federal Government stated the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 would react to the vacation ban.
The Minister of Facts and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who explained this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, explained the travel ban as discriminatory.
Also, Nigeria’s Substantial Commissioner to the Uk, Alhaji Sharafa Ishola, described the vacation ban as apartheid.
Britain experienced on Saturday banned Nigerian travellers right after it reported it found 21 conditions of the Omicron variant in men and women who not long ago frequented Nigeria.
Past week, Canada banned Nigerian travellers just after the detection of the variant in persons who visited Nigeria.
The Minister of Wellness, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Sunday, faulted the ban, saying it would damage livelihoods.
But the Head of Communications, British Significant Fee, Hurlock, reported the United kingdom was knowledgeable of the considerable effects of the travel ban.
He also mentioned that the final decision would have an impact on individuals in both equally the United kingdom and Nigeria, especially at this time of the calendar year, but mentioned that it was a precautionary measure intended to shield community health and fitness in England.
Hurlock, claimed, “We know that this final decision will have a sizeable impact on people in both our nations, specially at this time of calendar year.”This choice is a precautionary measure to defend community well being in the Uk, even though we try to recognize this new variant.
“These are temporary steps that have been introduced to avert further more Omicron scenarios from moving into the British isles, and will be examined at a review stage on December 20.”
The commission stated that it would keep on to function with the community authorities in tackling the pandemic.
FG to react to Uk, Canada journey ban quickly, suggests Lai Mohammed
But previously on Monday, the Minister of Facts and Tradition, Mohammed, condemned travel bans by the Uk, Canada, Indonesia, Hong Kong and other individuals.
The minister, who is also a member of the steering committee, said, “As you are mindful, Britain has place Nigeria on its pink listing and banned foreign travels from our place.
This is as a final result of the discovery of COVID-19 situations, Omicron variant, in Nigeria. Britain now joins other countries, such as Canada, which has taken a equivalent action towards Nigeria over Omicron.
“Let me say straight absent that it’s up to the Presidential Steering Committee to respond to this action by the British government and other folks, and I have no doubt that the committee will react correctly.”
Mohammed argued that the conclusion of Britain was based mostly on discrimination and prejudice and not science simply because so far, no 1 had died of the Omicron strain.
He claimed it was apparent that numerous in the West had been upset that their predictions on COVID-19 infections experienced failed to materialise.
The minister famous that numerous from the British isles had also examined optimistic in Nigeria but Britain was not banned.
He also discussed why Nigeria still received South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his entourage inspite of the country recording a substantial number of Omicron instances.
He reported even the United Nations experienced faulted the latest travel bans, adding that it was nonsensical and very little but vacation apartheid.
“If anyone who is a Nigerian but retains a British passport is allowed to enter Britain, he is as dangerous as I am. Is it the passport that now cuts down his hazard? That does not make feeling. If my cousin who retains a British passport stays in my property and is going again, you allow for him to occur in but you say I just can’t?” Mohammed questioned.
He faulted promises that Nigeria deserved to be banned for the reason that 21 individuals with record of vacation to Nigeria experienced tested good in the British isles.
The minister questioned why other European countries have been banned by the British isles like all those with Omicron scenarios.
“I really don’t consider the situation is how quite a few persons have analyzed good or how numerous persons Britain statements have examined positive. My position is pretty obvious. Is journey ban the reply? The answer is no. Range a person, exactly where is the origin of this Omicron variant? It is unquestionably not Africa or Nigeria,” Mohammed reported.
The minister argued that the journey ban was counterproductive and wondered why British citizens coming from Nigeria were even now authorized in.
“How do you slam this sort of discriminatory action on a nation of 200 million persons, just for the reason that of fewer than two dozen cases? Whereas British citizens and people are permitted to come in from Nigeria, non-residents from the exact nation are banned.
“The two teams are coming from the exact country, but being subjected to distinct disorders. Why will not Britain allow men and women in equally types to appear in, and be subjected to the very same situations of tests and quarantine? This is why this conclusion to ban travellers from Nigeria, who are neither citizens nor citizens, is grossly discriminatory and punitive.”
He reported the vaccine apartheid whereby created international locations denied developing nations vaccines was what propelled COVID-19 mutations.
Mohammed managed that created nations will have to have an understanding of that until finally every person is safe, no 1 is risk-free.
It is not about retaliation but what is very best for our place – Mamora
Speaking in a equivalent vein, the Minister of State for Overall health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, reported the presidential committee would get a choice quickly.’
When asked if Nigeria would retaliate, Mamora explained it was not about retaliation but additional of what would be in the greatest interest of Nigerians.
The minister, even so, faulted the United kingdom and some others for banning travellers from Nigerians.
“It is not about retaliation but what is greatest for our place. The PSC will get a selection on the make a difference before long but it will be in the very best curiosity of our country. Even the United Nations explained the act as travel apartheid. That is specifically what it is,” Mamora claimed.
Journey ban over Omicron variant apartheid – Nigeria significant commissioner to United kingdom
Also, Nigeria’s high commissioner to the United kingdom , Ishola, described the travel constraints imposed on the nation as “apartheid”.
Speaking on a BBC radio programme on Monday, Ishola said the ban on Nigeria was “travel apartheid”
The superior commissioner said what was expected of the British isles was a world wide approach and not a selective measure, adding that most Omicron cases in Nigeria arrived from in other places by way of travellers.
In a similar progress, British Airways on Monday knowledgeable vacation brokers in Nigeria about the restriction of flights from Nigeria to the Uk pursuing the ban.
It disclosed this in a detect, titled, “Restrictions for journey from Nigeria to the British isles,” which was sent to travel brokers of the international carrier that run in Nigeria.
This came as it was collected in Abuja on Monday that most travellers of the airline stayed absent from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, owing to the constraints by the provider and the ban on Nigeria by the British isles authorities.
The see by British Airways to journey agents browse in part, “As a outcome of the British isles federal government placing Nigeria on to the pink checklist, we proceed to intently keep track of the situation and modify our routine accordingly.
“All flights from Lagos to London Heathrow have been re-timed. This is because of to restrictions at London Heathrow to help arrivals from a purple-listing state.
“All customers travelling from Nigeria should stick to the British isles government’s rules on arrivals from a pink-list nation and have a damaging PCR take a look at end result within the 48 several hours prior to their departure from Nigeria.”
It added, “Only British or Irish nationals or consumers who have residence legal rights in the British isles will be authorized to enter the British isles, exactly where they will be required to quarantine in a government facility.”
The airline further defined that arrivals from Nigeria would land at Heathrow Terminal 5 the place any customer whose journey terminates, would be taken on a bus to Terminal 4 for processing.
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