Nigerians stranded in foreign countries to be evacuated soon – FG

Nigerian missions in other countries have been instructed by the ministry of foreign affairs to compile lists of nationals who have indicated interest to return home. This directive from the ministry was revealed on Friday, April 3, by the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, The Nation reports.

Dabiri-Erewa explained that this became necessary after Nigerians stranded abroad made a request to this effect following the spread of coronavirus.

However, she made it clear that the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, adding that they must be quarantined upon their return.

Also, according to the head of media and public relations unit in NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, interested Nigerians should inform the embassies in their countries of residence about their intention to return to their country.

Meanwhile, media reports confirm that the federal government had evacuated stranded staff of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) who had been drafted to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to undergo a special capacity building course with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The medical team, according to the Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, Deborah Iliya, were on a training programme to expand their frontiers of knowledge as regards the management of coronavirus for their prompt deployment to the country. She said that the medical team had been stranded following the closure of air and land borders by Congo Brazzaville in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.