About 190 Nigerians stranded in the UK because of COVID-19 pandemic have expressed dissatisfaction and frustration over the delay of their evacuation by the Federal Authorities.
Mrs. Olajoke Adesipe, who spoke on behalf of the stranded Nigerians, urged the Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to as a matter of urgency come to their assist.
The Nigerians in Diaspora stated the federal government doesn’t have the constitutional energy of locking its residents overseas for any cause.
In accordance with the aggrieved Nigerians, the motion of the Federal Authorities in shutting its airports towards Nigerians in oversea is opposite to part14 (2) (b) of the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”The safety and welfare of the folks shall be the first function of presidency. Each Authorities official swore on oath to uphold the structure,” they posited.
Adesipe, in an announcement, stated: “We, Nigerian residents, stranded within the UK because of COVID 19, write to precise our dissatisfaction and frustration with the delay in our evacuation.
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”We wish to inform you of the next that has been unanimously agreed to on our platform (roughly 190 Nigerians).
”The Nigerian authorities doesn’t have the constitutional energy of locking its residents overseas. That is opposite to *part14 (2) (b)* of the structure of the FRN which stipulates expressly that, the safety and welfare of the folks shall be the first function of presidency. Each Authorities official swore on oath to uphold the structure.
”Since most of us on the platform have examined unfavorable for COVID19. On arrival in Nigeria, temperature checks needs to be performed to additional verify our COVID standing and the federal government ought to enable us to self-quarantine in our numerous properties. We’re greater than prepared to signal an settlement to this request.
”If it’s a should that we’re remoted by the federal government, we advise the usage of NYSC orientation camps as all of these centres are vacant now and every state has its personal.
”Additionally, we wish to urge you to speak to us in clear phrases, what’s the exact date of graduation of evacuation? Which airways have been contracted to hold out this operation? How a lot we’re to pay for the flight ticket?
”Lastly, most of us don’t at the moment possess the imply by which we’re anticipated to pay for our lodging on the isolation centres.
”We now have already paid £350 to non-public laboratories for the COVID 19 take a look at, the take a look at which was a prerequisite to be airlifted and we’re additionally paying for our flight tickets.
”We hope that the federal government is ready to agree with us on these time period said above as they’re essentially the most practicable for the time being. We want the federal government deal with this as an emergency.”