While other countries are repatriating their nationals due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria says its citizens in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Thailand interested in coming home should be ready to pay N297,000 each for evacuation

According to Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian embassies in the three countries informed intending evacuees that they will pay N297,000 each. Those who failed to pay were told they would not be allowed to board the flight back home.

Nigeria’s foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama had told reporters that the government will bring Nigerians home. Photo credit: Foreign ministry

A document quoted in the report to the Nigerians stated that: “All evacuees going to Nigeria henceforth are to pay for their quarantine, isolation, accommodation centre or hotels before departure and arrival in Nigeria. In this regard, all prospective evacuees are to note the negotiated rate below.

“Accommodation N15,000 x 6 days = N240,000; feeding 3600 x 16 days = N57,600; total 18,600 x 16 days = 297,600.

“Kindly be informed that these rates were negotiated in Nigeria and the embassy has been instructed not to airlift any evacuee who fails to pay the above fee.”

The document was said to have been signed by Nicholas Uhomoibhi, head of chancery, Embassy of Nigeria in Thailand.

The same fee is applicable to those, who registered for evacuation in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of health in Lagos, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday, May 12, confirmed that a Nigerian returnee from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is dead. 

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