Friday, 10 April 2020

Remain There For Now - Federal Government Tells Nigerians Stranded Abroad Due To Coronavirus

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians currently abroad to remain where they are as people travelling from one place to another stand a higher risk of getting infected with the coronavirus disease. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, and made available to newsmen in Abuja today.

“It should be noted that medical experts have advised that it is better for individuals to remain where they are, as people travelling from one place to another stand a higher risk of getting infected with COVID-19,” Onyeama said.

Commenting on the Federal Government’s initiative to evacuate stranded Nigerian nationals abroad, the Minister said staff of the Missions are already reaching out to Nigerians in their respective host countries, noting that in due course, the necessary details provided will enable the Government work out the logistics for proper implementation.

Onyeama said the country’s Diplomatic Missions abroad are still discharging their essential duties amidst the current challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He further stated that only Officers responsible for strategic duties are to report to the Chancery on the basis of exigencies, while others are to perform essential assignments from home, to minimize contact at the office.

He said the Missions have continued to liaise with other countries, as well as, international organizations and render reports on key developments, with a view to boosting the domestic efforts back home.

“Furthermore, our Heads of Mission have maintained communication with the leadership of the Ministry at this period, to keep the Ministry informed of the conditions of Nigerians in their respective host countries,” he said.

The Minister said Nigerian Missions are expected to adhere strictly to all safety guidelines by host authorities in their respective posts, in order to protect officers, members of their families and others from the risk of exposure.

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