OrderPaperToday – The Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Chukwuka Utazi has appealed to the Presidency to direct the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to issue a temporary ban on flights from and to China.

This, he said is because “China remains the main source of Coronavirus infection and spread”

Utazi made this plea following a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lagos state, Nigeria on Friday.

Utazi in a statement sent to OrderPaperNG said: “It pleases me to plead with the Presidency to kindly direct the Hon Minister for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika,to issue a temporary ban on the Ethiopian Airlines flights to and fro China,estimated to be 35 times every week, till further notice.

“This is in recognition of the fact that China remains the main source of Coronavirus infection and spread. Love of country and national interest should be uppermost in our minds, and should be above any fiduciary consideration at this point in time.

“If developed countries with better and far advanced technology/response mechanisms to handle this epidemic have placed flight ban on China, I wonder what Nigeria is still waiting to do the needful.

“Time is of the essence and the health of Nigerians should come first before any other political and economic considerations.I trust the Presidency to be on the side of Nigerians.”

The Enugu Senator had earlier urged the Federal Government to create a health war room to combat the spread of the virus.

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