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Covid-19:We’ll look for evacuation modalities for Nigerians abroad- FG

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has said that Federal Government have sent communications to all Embassies and Missions to ascertain if and how many Nigerians want to return home because of COVID-19, as soon as the collation of numbers done, government will start looking at evacuation modalities.

He made this known on Friday in Abuja at the fifth joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. He said the Federal government would be willing to evacuate Nigerians abroad who wish to return home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic while the ministry had sent words across to embassies to ascertain how many Nigerians would indicate interest of willing to return home.

He also stated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has donated medical equipment and supplies worth €80,000 to Nigeria to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. He said that the Nigerian Permanent Representative at the United Nations (UN) in Vienna, Austria, secured the donation on behalf of the country.

“Our Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna has been able to secure from the International Atomic Energy Agency a donation of 80,000 Euros worth of medical equipment and supplies to assist in our Covid-19 response,” Onyeama said.  


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