The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has announced that the planned evacuation of Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, the United States of America (USA) amongst other countries will begin this week.
Mrs. Dabiri- Erewa made the disclosure on Monday through her Twitter handle.
She said, “Planned evacuation of Nigerians begins from this week. UAE. UK. USA etc.
“All applicants should please check with the various missions for updates and protocols to abide by. May the Lord heal the world”
NIDCOM also noted that those returning to the country will have 14 days of compulsory isolation upon arrival.
The Nigerian Government had announced that it had concluded plans to evacuate about 270 Nigerians willing to go home from the United States.
This was disclosed in a statement dated May 3 from the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York.
The consulate explained that a one-way flight has been arranged for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in the US and would take off on Sunday night.
It added that the flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines with a 270-passenger capacity would evacuate travellers at their expense and the returnees would fly economy class.
According to the statement, the flight will depart for Abuja from Newark (EWR) Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, United States, and is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday next week.
It also revealed that over 700 citizens have registered with the Nigerian Missions in the US to be evacuated but only 270 people would be accommodated.
The consulate stressed that applications to be evacuated would be considered on a ‘first-come, first-served basis while the list of evacuees would be treated according to their immigration status.
It said those who have proofs of short-stay visas, the elderly, families with children, and returning students would also be given special attention.