COVID-19: FG considers airlift of 1000 Diaspora Nigerians

By Molade Adegbuyi
The Federal Government is considering the airlift of 1000 Nigerians that may be stranded abroad due to the global lockdown.
Those to be brought to Nigeria will however embark on compulsory isolation for at least two weeks.
According to the Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NDIC), Mrs Abike Dabiri Eruwa, arrangements have been made to ensure airlift of Nigerians in different parts of the world.
 Her interview on TVC Your View was monitored by Irohinoodua on Wednesday  morning.
She said those who agree to be airlifted would be requested to foot their bills.
She said  “for those who cannot afford the tickets we are looking at what can be done. May be the government wiĺl provide subsidy.”
She said arrivals would be engaged by the National Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) She also hinted that those coming from abroad will be  taken to isolation centres at the cost of such individuals.
“Some Hotels have agreed to keep Nigerians in Diaspora who wish to come back home” she said.
“When you arrive NCDC is likely to test you on arrival,  they can look at your result and decide what to do,” Dabiri said.
The NIDC said any Nigerian brought into the country will undergo compulsory COVID-19 test because “anthing may have happened on air.”
She said those who test negative abroad will be tested again as soon as them arrive Nigeria..
 “If you test negative in UK for instance, you still need to isolate. Anything could have happened in the air.”
Dabiri however hinted that due to the situation across the world, it is advisable for Nigerians to “stay where you are.”
 She said “One thing is certain, it is a difficult time for the world at the moment.”


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