COVID-19: FG moves to evacuate Nigerians abroad

By Zainab Olawunmi

The federal government has commenced move to evacuate Nigerians abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Friday, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the development was based on requests received from Nigerians stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The statement issued by NIDCOM’s head of media and public relations unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said interested citizens are to communicate their intention to the mission in their respective countries.

He said “the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, who will be compulsorily quarantined when they returned”.

“The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, which will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the statement read.

“To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing information to the mission in their respective host countries.

Meanwhile, over 4,000 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) currently in Nigeria have indicated interest in returning to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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