Nigerians stranded in the United Kingdom have expressed frustration over the delay in their evacuation by the Federal Government.
According to a statement by Mrs Olajoke Adesipe, on behalf of others stranded Nigerians in the UK, “most of them had tested negative for COVID-19 after being tested. They called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to urgently come to their aid. “The action of the Federal Government shutting its airports against Nigerians in overseas is contrary to section14 (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” they argued.
Since most of us on the platform have tested Negative for COVID-19, on arrival in Nigeria, temperature checks should be conducted to further ascertain our COVID-19 status and the government should allow us to self-quarantine in our various homes.
We’re more than willing to sign an agreement to this request. “If it is a must that we’re isolated by the government, we suggest the use of NYSC orientation camps as all of those centres are vacant now and each state has its own.
“Most of us do not currently possess the means by which we’re expected to pay for our accommodation at the isolation centres,” they said.
Asked when stranded Nigerians in the UK would be evacuated, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, directed our reporter to enquire from the National Emergency Management Agency.
A source in the NEMA, who pleaded anonymity, told Daily Trust, that though the agency was in charge of evacuating people abroad to Nigeria, “this particular evacuation is a peculiar one as it involves a pandemic which is worldwide. “The responsibility given to NEMA at the moment is just to identify airlines that are willing to go and evacuate the people.”