The federal government says it is weary of bringing back Nigerians abroad home for fear they may import Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the country.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this during tuesday’s presidential taskforce briefing on COVID-19.
According to Onyeama, the situation of Nigerians in foreign countries was of concern to the government.
He added that there were certain measures the government had to put in place before bringing them home.
The foreign affairs minister noted that, with the knowledge that most of the confirmed cases in the country are people coming from abroad, the country was cautions of bringing them home, so as not to increase the cases in the country.
“We don’t want Nigerians abroad coming in to bring in more Covid-19 cases. We are trying to find quarantine centres approved by relevant authorities. But most hotels don’t want to be used for quarantine centres.”
He further said the plan of the government was to bring in evacuees to Abuja and Lagos State, adding that some hotels had been located in the two locations.
“We have located some hotels. But our arrangement is that the passengers will have to pay for the hotels.”
He said the government of Lagos and that of Abuja have been trying to bring down the prices of hotels