All visitors to the Presidential Villa in Abuja will henceforth take a rapid COVID-19 test before being allowed entry.
This applies to those visiting the President or any other official.
The new requirement comes days some officials and aides of the President tested positive for COVID-19.
They include Senior Special Assistant on Media Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The new regulation, according to Shehu, will require every visitor to compulsorily take the test free of charge at the entrance gates of the Villa.
He, however, noted that some exceptions had been made for a few leaders.
“A new regime of COVID-19 regulation has been put in place for all visitors to the villa, not for governors alone.
“Every visitor to the Villa, not just those seeing the President, is now required to do a rapid test at the gate.
“The kits are freely issued so no one is required to make payment.
“This is purely temporary in view of the recent spike in cases, and will be removed any moment the situation abates.
“It’s a growing practice in government offices in many countries.
“Although some exceptions have been made for a few leaders in government coming from outside the Villa, they too are encouraged to do those tests.
“This policy has rightfully been justified following the discovery of COVID positivity in some of those tested since the last few days of the practice,” Shehu said on Sunday.