The Federal Government said it has contacted countries that imposed travel bans on Nigerians to rescind their decision.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have all banned Nigerians from entering their countries over COVID-19 concerns, especially following the detection of the Omicron variant.
According to Mustapha, Nigeria has deployed science and data to measure the risks to the citizens, especially on the dangers of importation.
He added that a positive feedback following the government’s diplomatic engagement with the aforementioned countries should be expected in a week’s time.
He said: “The PSC wishes to assure Nigerians that it has escalated all surveillance and control measures around our country.
“It has similarly ramped up vaccination of eligible citizens and residents while making provisions for booster shots for those fully vaccinated.
”The PSC is working with mandate ministries to address the issues surrounding the restriction imposed by some countries on travellers from Nigeria on account of the Omicron variant. While each country is entitled to put in place measures to protect its citizens, Nigeria has similar responsibilities.
“However, based on existing relationships, Nigeria has initiated diplomatic steps to make these countries reverse their course. This is ongoing in the interest of all parties concerned and we expect that positive results would emerge within the next one week.”