Evacuation of stranded Nigerians overseas has been suspended by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, the development is to allow take-off of a new policy on evacuation of Nigerians.
“henceforth evacuated Nigerians would not have to go straight into 14-day government monitored isolation if they test negative from their country of origin”. And the new policy will take effect from next week Onyema said.
Consequently, he said further evacuation process has been suspended to give way for the take- off of the new policy.
He said with the new policy evacuees will have to be tested at most nine days before their flight take off.
“Those who test positive will not be allowed on the flight” Onyema added
The new policy, he said will give the government enough latitude to fly more Nigerians home.
So far, Nigeria has evacuated 989 stranded citizens with 265 from United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (253); United States (160); Saudi Arabia (292) and Lebanon (57)