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COVID-19: 256 Nigerians evacuated from UAE arrive Lagos

Valentine Chinyem

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The flight conveying 256 Nigerians evacuated from the United Arab Emirates have arrived Lagos yesterday.

The Emirate airline landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 07.40pm.

This was made known by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force press briefing on Wednesday.

He said, the returnees would be kept in various hotels to isolate for the next 14-days as advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

He said, ”Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 Press briefing: with regards to the evacuation of Nigerians back home –
A woman went into labour on the evacuation flight from UAE today. The flight had to return to land. Mother and child are doing very well in hospital.

”The flight is now back on its way to Nigeria, and should arrive 7.00pm today.
In regards to Nigeria Government patronizing Nigerian airlines: we did a bidding process when it was decided to bring our nationals home, we intend to utilize the services of Nigerian airlines for the evacuation process. We have been speaking with our domestic airlines. The emirates airline evacuating Nigerians has nothing to do with Government.

The Government of UAE decided on its own initiative to repatriate foreign nationals in UAE to various countries not just Nigeria and they informed Nigerians who are willing to come back that there is a flight going to Nigeria.

Nigerians spontaneously without any reference to the Nigeria Government started buying tickets.
The British Airways was also because the flight was already coming to Nigeria to repatriate British nationals here.
There are about 4,000 Nigerians abroad awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.

I’ve given personal directives to our Missions in the US to get in touch with our domestic airlines and see the ones that can come and give them timelines in which to deliver.

I have been in touch with 3 Nigerian airlines, Azman Air, Air Peace and Max Air and we are hoping to finalize a deal,” he added.