Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 Press briefing on Monday 11 May, 2020 by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama

pdate on Evacuation of Nigerians abroad:

“We have now evacuated over 600 Nigerians from the UAE, UK and US. I would like to express our profound gratitude to the Heads of Missions in Dubai, London and New York, they have worked extremely hard to deliver good results”.

“Once again, I would like to apologise profusely for what went wrong with the transfer of passengers from Lagos to Abuja on Friday and also the logistics issues faced in Abuja. We have put in place mechanisms to ensure that no such thing occurs again. We’ve seen the benefits of those new mechanisms put in place because the flight that came in yesterday from the US, everything went seamlessly and that’s how we will want to keep it going forward”.

In regards to Evacuation Flights:

“We are getting to the maximum capacity we can cope with in terms of services and care at this time. We will therefore be staggering our evacuation flights, and dealing with the evacuees in place first before bringing others. There are still many Nigerians out there who are willing to come back home: from China, India, France, Canada, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan and other countries”.

“The Nigerian Government is mindful of the need to use local carriers. Arrangements for airlines for the first batch of Nigerians abroad were not done by the Government. Flights being arranged henceforth are all Nigerian carriers”.