COVID-19: FG to evacuate Nigerians abroad

COVID-19: FG to evacuate Nigerians abroad

- The federal government has given a positive response to pleas for evacuation by Nigerians stranded abroad over coronavirus

- The ministry of foreign affairs has called for a compilation of lists of Nigerians in the diaspora who are willing to return home

- The lists are to be compiled by all Nigerian missions in countries where the willing Nigerians reside

Nigerian missions in other countries have been instructed by the ministry of foreign affairs to compile lists of nationals who have indicated interest to return home.

This directive from the ministry was revealed on Friday, April 3, by the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, The Nation reports.

Dabiri-Erewa explained that this became necessary after Nigerians stranded abroad made a request to this effect following the spread of coronavirus.

However, she made it clear that the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, adding that they must be quarantined upon their return.

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Also, according to the head of media and public relations unit in NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, interested Nigerians should inform the embassies in their countries of residence about their intention to return to their country.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had evacuated stranded staff of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) who had been drafted to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to undergo a special capacity building course with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The medical team, according to the Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, Deborah Iliya, were on a training programme to expand their frontiers of knowledge as regards the management of coronavirus for their prompt deployment to the country.

She said that the medical team had been stranded following the closure of air and land borders by Congo Brazzaville in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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The envoy in a statement on Sunday, March 29, made available to Legit.ng also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and his government over the systemic, practical and sincere efforts being taken to end the scourge of coronavirus facing Nigeria.

The statement partly read: “This message of support is at the instance of the prompt action taken by the presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in deploying a special flight of the Nigerian Air force, to convey back to the country a team of public health officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), who had been drafted to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to undergo a special capacity building course with the World Health Organization (WHO), a training to expand their knowledge as regards the management of coronavirus and for their prompt deployment."

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Source: Legit.ng

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