- A total of 6,317 Nigerians have been repatriated back home amid Covid-19
- NIDCOM boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the disclosure on Tuesday
- The evacuees were repatriated back from 19 countries across the world
Amid ongoing fight against the highly-ravaging coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has disclosed that 6,317 Nigerians have been successfully evacuated back to the country from different continents.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDOCM), made this known on Tuesday, July 21, during a briefing in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa said the evacuees were repatriated back home from 19 countries across continents, adding that more Nigerians will be taken back home as much as Covid-19 continues to hit the world.
"We have had 6,317 evacuees so far Currently, as COVID-19 is still on rampage, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Nigerian Missions around the world have evacuated 6,317 Stranded Nigerians and still evacuating," Abike Dabiri-Erewa said.
She listed the countries and number of the repatriated Nigerians as:
US - 3 batches - 806
UK. 3 batches. - 831
Saudi Arabia - 117
Cairo, Egypt - 372
France - 70
India. 3 batches - 540
UAE Dubai. 5 batches - 1,405
Turkey 2 batches - 324
Sudan 3 batches - 365
Uganda & Kenya - 172
Senegal - 17
Pakistan - 56
Egypt - 102
China - 268
Malaysia and Thailand 247
Lebanon - 147
Canada. - 51
South Africa - 324
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government said it has set the wheel on the move by taking the necessary action following a distress call that Nigerian students in the United Kingdom are being forced to eat expired foods.
A social media user, Sadiq Cyrus, had called the attention of the chairman of the NIDCOM to the development.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, July 16, Sadiq said the Nigerian students, who are in the UK on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship, were being left with no other option than eating expired food.
Responding to the tweet, the NIDCOM chairman said her commission "has taken this (the issue) up."
She also added that Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta, under whose ministry the NDDC operates, has been formally written.
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