Omicron variant: South Africans will use Nigeria as transit point— Lawmaker warns

A member of the House of Representatives from Imo State, has said new travel restrictions against South Africa by the United States and other countries will turn Nigeria into a transit point, Henry Nwawuba,

Mr Nwawuba said Nigeria risks the spread of the Omicron variant if urgent steps are not taken to check those coming into the country as he spoke on a motion moved by Dachung Bagos during plenary on Tuesday.

Recall that following the discovery of the omicron variant of COVID-19, several countries have instituted travel restrictions against South Africa and some of her neighbours.

Mr Nwawuba, who is the Chairman Committee on legislative agenda, said Nigeria must take all necessary measures against the spread of the new variant.

“Travelers from South Africa will start using Nigeria as a transit point. It is just a matter of time before the global shutdown gets to Nigeria,” the lawmaker said.

The House also tasked the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure intensive observation and check on travel protocols for inbound passengers;

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