Presidential Task Force on COVID19 Press Briefing on Friday 15, May, 2020 by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Presidential Task Force on COVID19 Press Briefing on Friday 15, May, 2020 by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama-

In regards to why evacuees who have paid to come home, will also have to pay for feeding and accommodation:

“This is not by any stretch of imagination something that the Nigerian Government is happy to do. If the resources were available, we would evacuate everybody and if our medical infrastructure were solid and case load was much lower, we could revisit our protocol. But the fragility of our health infrastructure, the trajectory of the increasing numbers of positive tests being what they are, we have to take the greatest care with regards to the protocols adopted”.

“It has been decided, after long discussion and evaluation by medical experts, that it is best for the interest of the country that there should be a period of quarantine when any of our evacuees come home. This has a cost to it. It has been suggested that we should use the NYSC facilities and also school facilities which would be less expensive, the answer by our medical experts is that the quarantine has to be one person per room.”

“We have brought in upwards of 620 evacuees who have to be managed, there are human resources needed to be present, to monitor and manage the evacuees apart from other administrative arrangements needed to be put in place. So we want to take sometime to process the ones we have at the moment before we admit others coming back, because we do not have the capacity at the moment”.

This is a challenging situation especially because the funding resources are not available. But we are doing everything humanly possible to evacuate under terms and conditions that are acceptable and manageable for the evacuees”.