The Nigerian Government is set to repatriate more than 4, 000 Nigerians who have been left stranded in different countries across the world, over the course of the next four weeks.
According to the Presidential Task Force (PTF), 1, 000 will be evacuated every week. This has become necessary as the worldwide pandemic and the lockdown that is on in many countries have left many stranded.
The Task Force also said that, as of June 13, 1523, have so far been repatriated.
500 of those to be evacuated every week will come in through Lagos, and the other 500, through Abuja, PTF Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, told newsmen.
He added that, those who are to be brought back will first be tested.
On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama said: “As the National Coordinator had mentioned earlier, that the mechanism that Dangote Foundation and others have put together to alleviate the need for evacuees to check into hotels for 14 days is now fully implemented and moving ahead well.”
“So, if we can organise everything well, in the next three to four weeks maximum, we really should be able to bring home all of our evacuees who want to come back home.”
He added: “So, it is excellent news for evacuees and, of course, for friends and families here because it is going to commit us to be more predictable. It gives us more predictability in this evacuation and also enables us to bring more people back.”