In a bid to ensure compliance to COVID-19 safety measures at airports, the Senate Committee on Aviation has called for a blacklist of Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and other prominent Nigerians who insist on flouting COVID-19 guidelines put in place to safeguard air travelers.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, revealed this in a letter to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika last week.
He also called for four months ban on other airport users who flout the protocols as a deterrent.
In a letter titled: “Commendation on the Preventive and Protective Measures taken to Contain the Spread of the Corona Virus at the Airports”, Senator Adeyemi encouraged preventive and protective measures put in place at the selected airports already opened for operation calling for same proactive approach to be implemented at all other airports before they fully commence operations.
He, however, reacted to the spate of at which some highly placed individuals who ought to adhere completely to the guidelines put in place have been found wanting.
Adeyemi said, “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 coronavirus 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, urge that any Nigerian who deliberately failed to all measures as directed should not be allowed entry into 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. Honourable Minister, 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 of my highest regards,” the letter concluded.