COVID-19 post-arrival test causes confusion at Lagos, Abuja airports

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COVID-19 post-arrival test causes confusion at Lagos, Abuja airports

….passengers tackle port officials, allege extortion

Passengers from several countries are having a hard time with port officials at Lagos and Abuja International airports following conflicting coronavirus (COVID-19) post-arrival tests.

On Saturday March 26, 2022 Nigeria News Flight observed when passengers that arrived from Senegal queried why they would be forced to pay for post-arrival COVID-19 tests after undergoing similar tests in Senegal less than 24 hours ago which showed they were negative.

Many of the passengers who travelled to Senegal for the World Water Conference were subjected to harrowing experience by  security officials who insisted they must pay for another test in Nigeria.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport some of the passengers narrated that the principle of reciprocacy should apply to the treatment of Nigerian travellers who were not mandated to carry out Day Two tests in Senegal.

One of the passengers who raised the alarm stated that they were being demanded to pay sums ranging from N35,000 to N45,200 to fill the form for the test whose results would not be released until after one week.

Another passenger said that the conflicting policy was a rip-off as participants from other African countries did not face the same challenge.

According to her, “This is now a money-making venture used to frustrate international travel for Nigerians and foreigners. It is simply unacceptable.”

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport the passengers were also subjected to the same treatment.  One of them stated: “This is a classic case of exploitation of people in the name of whatever they are calling it. When we got to Senegal, nobody asked us to do another post-arrival test because we had done one in Nigeria.

“They only gave us a negative form to fill which we did.

“Now on leaving Senegal this morning, we did our tests and the results are here with us. Why would they not accept the results like they did in Senegal instead of subjecting us to another test and payment? This is bad. This is exploitation and we will resist it”.

He wondered why Nigerians could be so treated in their own country.

Besides, all the travellers urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to step into the issue to save Nigerians embarrassment and frustration of legitimate travel.

 

valoa2000@yahoo.com

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