The Evacuation of Nigerians abroad begins on Wednesday, May 6 – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama
Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama is Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. Onyeama was elected Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Geoffrey Onyeama, says the departure of Nigerians from abroad because of the Coronavirus pandemic, will start on Wednesday, May sixth with the primary clearing from Dubai.
The Minister revealed this when he talked at the everyday preparation of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 today May 4. As indicated by Onyeama, an Emirates departure from Dubai is normal in Lagos on Wednesday, May 6, this will be trailed by a BA departure from the UK on Friday, May 8.
From Wednesday by God’s Grace, we will begin the procedure of departure of our Nationals from outside the nation. There are just about 4000 Nigerians wishing to return home. On the off chance that we had our direction, we will bring them back home at the same time however there are different limitations and the greatest requirement is the place to isolate them., especially the bed.
So we have done all that we can to get beds in Abuja and in Lagos.
In Lagos, we have around 300 bed accessible.
The main flight that we plan to have on Wednesday is Emirates and it will be to Lagos. At that point, we are trusting that not long after that, a British Airways flight that is coming to Nigeria to empty some British residents will help bring Nigerians returning. So we are trusting that on Friday, we will have the option to empty from the UK anything up to 300 or less Nigerians.
We have additionally told our strategic the US that if there are any flights accessible, they ought to do an arrangement with them and get them to bring our kin back. Our missions in New York, Atlanta and Washigton have revealed to us that Ethiopian carrier has an ordinary business program out of the US. So we are trusting that Monday one week from now, we can do an arrangement with Ethiopian aircraft to bring back a noteworthy number of our kin.
AirPeace has been contracted for a clinical clearing by a couple based here in Nigeria to London, so we are attempting to likewise do an arrangement with them to have another UK flight coming in presumably on Saturday.
China obviously is an immense emergency and we are attempting to check whether we can get a plane to proceed to empty. There is countless our kin there who have extra difficulties so we are additionally attempting to bring them back. We are wanting to have a concurrence with one of the bearers so perhaps by possibly 14 days, we can move into China to bring our kin home.
South Africa, India, they are on the whole likewise pausing. There are around 4000 of them so we should show restraint. It is difficult yet we are doing everything conceivable to bring our kin back ” he said