Mr. Geoffery Onyeama, Nigeria's Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs

Nigeria evacuates nationals from foreign nations this week, say Minister, NIDCOM

* Over 4,000 Nigerians signify interest to return home –Geoffery Onyeama

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Based on their desire to return to their homeland in view of the persistent distressing implications of the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, Mr Geoffery Onyeama, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, has said that there are over 4,000 Nigerians ready for evacuation from different parts of the globe.

Mr. Onyeama disclosed this at the daily news briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja, FCT, Monday, May 4.

He, however, noted that limited capacity in terms of lack of bed spaces to isolate the evacuees remains the major challenge that the Nigerian Government is currently grappling with.

He said that the first set of evacuees from the United Arab Emirates should arrive the country on May 4, while measures are being put in place to ensure that the evacuation exercise commences latest Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in a tweet via a verified Twitter account, also has announced that the planned evacuation of Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, the United States of America (USA) among other countries would begin this week.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa made the disclosure on Monday through her Twitter handle.

She stated: “Planned evacuation of Nigerians begins from this week. UAE. UK. USA etc.

“All applicants should please check with the various missions for updates and protocols to abide by. May the Lord heal the world.”

Nonetheless, NIDCOM noted that those returning to the country would have 14 days of compulsory isolation upon arrival in Nigeria.

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