Nigerians arriving in Lagos from Dubai on May 6, 2020.The federal government has successfully evacuated the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad amid the COVID19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, 256 Nigerians arrived in Lagos from Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.
Welcome home ! NCDC officials addressing stranded Nigerian returnees from Dubai. They will be proceeding to a location for compulsory isolation .
All 256 tested negative for Covid 19 before boarding from Dubai pic.twitter.com/gHow6EKEO2— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) May 6, 2020 According to the foreign ministry, discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday; arrangements are also being made with Ethiopian airlines for a flight from New York to Abuja next Monday.
Over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday.
Coming into isolationThe returning Nigerians are expected to be quarantined for 14 days in select hotels on their arrival, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
The quarantine is required to ensure the coronavirus-status of every returnee is ascertained.Home at last. 256 Nigerians have returned into the country from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian government says plans are in motion to evacuate more citizens from the United States and the United Kingdom within the next few days.