Nigerians abroad willing to come back home will not be allowed to self-isolate in their homes, according to the Federal Government.
The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 daily briefing on Friday in Abuja.
The minister was responding to a question concerning the request by some Nigerians willing to come back home and self-isolate in their homes, saying such request could not be guaranteed as monitoring them would be difficult.
“We will not accept the request to self-isolate because it will be difficult to monitor them. That is our position.”
He said that the limited bed spaces and isolation centres in the country might have informed their demand to self-isolate in their homes on their return back to the country.
“The truth is that we do not have enough isolation centres and bed spaces.
”We are looking for hotels in Lagos and I have spoken to the Governor of Lagos. If we can get some, that’ll be fine.”
Onyeama said that the Chinese Ambassador had promised that his country was ready to assist Nigeria’s efforts to fight the virus in any way deemed necessary.
He said that since it would be impossible to get all the test done for Nigerians abroad who would be coming back to the country, government has decided that they would be tested in Nigeria.
The minister said that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had agreed that it was better to take all necessary precautions in the fight against COVID-19 by testing them in Nigeria, upon their arrival.