A file photograph of the Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
A few of Nigerians coming back from the UK to Nigeria are anticipated to land within the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos State tomorrow.
The Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this announcement on Thursday on the Presidential Job Drive Briefing on COVID-19.
The Minister mentioned the returnees will likely be taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital upon arrival in Nigeria for them to be remoted in a resort.
He additionally defined why an Abuja resort is the preferable choice to isolate the returnees noting that the resort charge is healthier in comparison with Lagos.
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“We hope to have one other flight coming in tomorrow from the UK. This batch will likely be going to Abuja. They are going to be touchdown in Lagos first and they are going to be ferried to Abuja.
“The reason being that we now have been very aware of the associated fee to the passengers coming dwelling and we need to reduce the burden on them. Appreciating that quite a lot of them have stayed exterior the nation than they wanted to or needed to are most likely out of pocket.
“We have now tried to discount as a lot as potential with the assorted resorts. Abuja gives us a greater economic system by way of resort charges,” Onyeama mentioned.
He added that preparations will likely be made for these meant to be in Lagos to return again to Lagos.
The Minister appreciated the passengers who had been just lately evacuated from Dubai to Lagos and counseled them for cooperating and conducting themselves in an admirable method.
“It’s a studying curve for all of us. So we’re very comfortable that we now have been in a position to get the primary batch of Nigerians efficiently again dwelling.
“We’ll wish to congratulate these passengers and thank them as a result of actually, they comported themselves admirably and went to the resorts they’re meant to go to for isolation.
“The situations are tough. 14 days in confinement will not be simple,” he mentioned.
Onyeama had earlier in a Tweet on Wednesday evening confirmed that 256 Nigerians had been evacuated from the United Arab Emirates. They arrived the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, through Emirates Airways.