The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed on Tuesday the purpose and operations of the 15 Chinese experts who came into the country to back the fight against COVID-19.
He said the experts are in Nigeria on the bill of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to help in building and equipping isolation centers, while responding to journalists at the Presidential Task-force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19
“Indeed 15 Chinese nationals came into Nigeria on 8th of April. They are here on the bill of the CCECC, a Chinese company doing some works for us in Nigeria in conjunction with some Nigerian companies they agreed to support us in the effort to respond to the pandemic”
“At Idu isolation center in Abuja, they participated in retrofitting and equipping the isolation center. They equally worked on the Dome project, that was handled by the NNPC Construction in conjunction with This Day”
“So, those are the locations in which they came to work. Both in retrofitting the Iju facility and installing critical essential medical equipment” the Minister further explained.
He also went ahead to say that the Chinese experts came into Nigeria on a 30-day visa issued in Beijing and they are still in the country because there is a restriction on travel occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The whereabouts of the Chinese experts became worrisome after the Minister of Health last week Thursday told reporters not to question him over the whereabouts of Chinese medical experts who came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19.
Ehanire, while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing said the medical personnel “are not guests of the Federal Government but CCECC, a construction company.”