In a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Government has banned all government officials, including public and civil servants, from travelling abroad.
The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 announced the decision after a closed-door meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. This was disclosed by the Secretary to the government of the federation Boss Mustapha who is the chairman of the Task Force.
He said, “After due consideration and the trend of the spread of the novel Coronavirus, and subsequent declaration of the outbreak as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the committee has decided that we upscale our health emergency system to the highest level and put a measure to curb further spread.
“So far, we have had three cases; two positive and one negative. We want to make sure it does not spread beyond this minor figure.
“On the part of government, it has become necessary to advise all public officials in the Ministries, Department and Agencies, including parastatals, that government has banned all forms of travelling out of the country, for whatever reasons.
“Whether for meetings; bilateral or multilateral conferences, seminars, workshops, presentations, negotiations and other forms of ceremonies, this ban will remain in force until the situation of coronavirus abates.”
The committee advised Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels, including business and vacation trips.