Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the Chinese medical team in the country have accomplished their mission.
The 15-member team have been shrouded in controversy even before they set their legs on Nigerian shore with opinions divided about the need for them. It continues with the latest bordering on their whereabouts.
In an apparent bid to lay some of it to rest, Aregbesola listed the contribution of the controversial team in the country’s war against the ravaging coronavirus even as he revealed that they have served their purpose in the country.
The Minister reiterated that the medical team are in the country on the bill of construction giant, CCECC, adding that they have completed their assignment but held back by the lockdown protocol.
He said: “Indeed, 15 Chinese nationals came into Nigeria on April 8, 2020 and from everything we have heard and said, they are here on the bill of CCECC, a Chinese company working in Nigeria, doing some work for us in several places and in conjunction with some Nigerian companies agree to support us in the effort to respond to the Pandemic. At Idu in Abuja, they participated in retrofitting and equipping the isolation there.
“They equally worked on the Dome project that was handled by the NNPC Consortium in conjunction with Thisday. So, those were the locations in which they came to work.
“They helped in retrofitting the two facilities and installing critical, essential and sensitive medical equipment. They came in 15 of them, on April 8.
“They came on a 30-day Visa issued in Beijing. They are still here. I do not need to tell you why they are still here. They are still here not because they have not completed their job but because there is a restriction on travels in Nigeria occasioned by the protocol of Covid-19”.