Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice has lamented the shoddy handling of coronavirus screening at the nation’s airports.
He stated this on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
Boroffice (APC – Ondo North) said that when he went to South Africa recently, he was subjected to proper screening which was lacking when he arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The senator described the lack of screening at the airport as “frightening”.
“I was in South Africa on Friday, I came back yesterday. Because of the issue of coronavirus, every country in the world is taking preventive measures because the wisdom is that prevention is better than cure. In South Africa, we were not allowed to leave the aircraft for good 30 minutes.
“Officers of the medical corps came into the aircraft and screened everybody before we were allowed out but I arrived yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport and there was no screening.
“All we were given is a sheet of paper to indicate whether we were sick and whether we have been to one country or the other and how we will be contacted if there is an emergency. How will you trail me? How do you know if I have fallen sick. This is very frightening.”
The senator said it was better for the relevant authorities to prevent the virus from getting into the country than combating it when it has slipped in.