Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, says that President Muhammadu Buhari is taking steps toward ensuring minimum impact of the novel coronavirus disease Covid-19, on Nigeria’s economy and also to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
Adesina disclosed this during an interview with Channels Telephone’s Politics Today on Tuesday, March 17.
“Some approvals have already been given by the President to ensure that the impact of the Coronavirus on the economy is minimized as much as possible.
“The President also assured that the focus of the government is to ensure that the welfare, well-being of Nigerians are preserved as much as possible. So the government is looking forward and getting ready for what may be inevitable if the pandemic lasts for a longer time,” he said.
Regarding the speculations that the President should place a travel ban on countries with high impact of coronavirus in other to prevent the spread from entering the country, Adesina who avoided confirming the speculation or denying it said;
“The fact is that whatever is best for Nigeria will be done. Already we have the Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health that are on top of the situation. And you can see daily if not hourly briefings on this situation.”
Adesina then gave an assurance that the issue of coronavirus “is serious and the government is tackling it seriously.”