The Minister of International Affairs, Mr Geoffery Onyeama, has stated that just about 200 Nigerians primarily based within the US have indicated curiosity to return to the nation as efforts are on to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have started to get a greater number of Nigerians, especially in the United States, where almost 200 have now indicated their willingness to return,” the minister stated on Wednesday in Abuja, through the each day briefings by the Presidential Process Drive on COVID-19.
Talking additional, he famous that the protocols for evacuating Nigerians within the Diaspora have been accomplished and the nation is in a a lot “stronger and better position” to carry again Nigerians fascinated with returning to the nation.
“We are engaging with our embassy in China and our High Commissioners in London and also in France to work out all the logistics but things are now beginning to fall in place and we are getting the sense of what needs to be done.”
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A number of nations, together with Canada, Israel, and america, have evacuated residents of various nations as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, however Nigeria has simply commenced main evacuations.
The federal government had, nevertheless, since introduced plans to carry these fascinated with returning and requested its overseas missions to compile names.
Stressing that the evacuations had been a part of the federal government’s plans because the worldwide airports have been closed, Onyeama defined that the method was delayed to allow the federal government to kind out the logistics concerned.
He stated, “The response isn’t on account of letters or no matter that has been coming in from Nigerians within the Diaspora as has been talked about in some media homes however truly one thing that was taken up by the duty power proper from the start.
“In fact, at the moment we didn’t have all of the isolation centres in place and all the opposite logistical preparations in place. So for that purpose, we saved it in abeyance whereas we have been placing these issues in place. And therefore now that we’ve all these issues in place, we’re in a stronger and higher place to carry Nigerians outdoors the nation again.”
Mr Onyeama directed all Nigerians fascinated with returning into the nation to work with the nation’s embassies and excessive commissions the place they’re.
“What is important to get out to all Nigerians is that their engagement and communication should be with the embassies, high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that,” he stated.
“It should be channelled through them because it is with them that we are collating the names and making all the arrangements.”
Though Nigeria has not commenced full-scale evacuations, the nation is working with neighbouring nations and is facilitating the return of many Nigerians who received caught up within the COVID-19 journey restrictions imposed by nations.
Mr Onyeama gave examples of some cases through the briefing, including that every one those that are returning will observe the obligatory 14-day isolation.
He stated, “There was a physician that was a part of the workforce that was caught outdoors the nation. He made his strategy to Benin Republic and we have been in a position to interact with the federal government of the Republic of Benin to present him passage by means of and he got here into the nation yesterday.
“Now we have 67 Nigerians, together with kids, women and men, that have been in Cote d I’voire and we wanted to interact the federal government of Togo, the federal government of Benin for them to have the ability to undergo. They’re now on the Nigerian border and we received the authorisation of the federal government of Benin for them to return into the nation. They are going to be in isolation for the obligatory 14 days as soon as they’ve are available in.
“Now we have one other 24 Nigerians in Togo in a lodge. They will be examined. We’ve additionally received the federal government of Benin’s approval for them to journey by means of Beninoise territory to return into Nigeria, presumably by tomorrow.
“We’ve organized additionally the place they may also be confined after they come into the nation. We’re extraordinarily grateful to the federal government of Togo and the federal government of Benin who’ve cooperated with us and made this potential.”