Speaker of the House of Representatives,Femi Gbajabiamila has called for the arrest and prosecution of health personnel issuing fake COVID-19 certificates.
His call call followed a disclosure by the Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, that some individuals who indulged in the illegal practice were being arrested and handed over to the Department of State Security, DSS, for prosecution.
Adetifa, who appeared during the interactive session of the Committee on Aviation said some corrupt individuals allegedly connived with some officials at the airport to perpetrate the crime.
This prompted the speaker to advocate a law to establish a government agency, such as Transportation Security Administration, TSA, to regulate the activities of operators within airports in Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila said: “It’s not going to be one of those sessions where there will be no outcomes, I think one of the outcomes will be a law that specifically sets up an agency of government to oversee the operations of the airports like the TSA.
“I think the TSA appears to be the silver bullet that cures most of the things we heard here and the chairmen of the relevant committees in the House, led by the Aviation Committee, hopefully, will begin to put this together. Hopefully, within the next two week, we will have a draft of the bill.
“If you can work with Mrs. Jumoke Oduwole (Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business), it will be hands-on. And work with FAAN and all the other agencies as well, so we can streamline operations at the airports which would include, even the issue of the perennial touts. For wants of better words, let me call them men and women that have no business at the airport. So in the next two weeks, let us see the draft, so we can set the ball rolling in the chambers and bring sanity to out airports.”