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COVID-19: What We Are Doing To Bring Back Nigerians Abroad – Onyeama

A file photograph of the Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

 

 

The Nigerian authorities has revealed the measures being put in place to handle the considerations of Nigerians within the diaspora keen to return residence on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, highlighted a few of the steps taken by the federal government to deliver again such individuals from overseas.

He spoke to reporters on the briefing of the Presidential Activity Drive on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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Onyeama mentioned, “It has been a while now and I was pointing out that we have written letters to our embassies to give us an indication of the numbers in the various countries and once we have that, we will be able to look at the issues of logistics and how to bring them back.”

He, nonetheless, reminded Nigerians dwelling overseas that medical professionals had suggested that it was higher to remain the place they’re.

In response to the minister, well being specialists say individuals travelling from one place to a different stand a greater probability of getting contaminated with coronavirus.

He burdened that this doesn’t cease the Nigerian authorities from facilitating the return of its residents overseas again into the nation.

“We are engaging with our embassies to try and discern how many of our people really do want and need to come back and we will then be able to work out the logistics and how to bring them back,” Onyeama mentioned.

He made the remarks days after the Nigerian authorities directed all its missions overseas to compile an inventory of residents keen to return residence.

In an announcement on Friday, the Chairman of the Nigerians within the Diaspora Fee (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, defined that the directive was sequel to requests by some Nigerians stranded overseas within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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