From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja
Succour has come the best way of Nigerians stranded overseas on account of Coronavirus, however who’re desirous of returning residence.
They may not must bear the bills of their two-week quarantine because the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) have supplied to foot the payments
The payments, estimated to be about N1billion will cowl the lodge lodging and feeding for 3,000 out of the 4,000 folks being anticipated.
They had been trapped in numerous nations the world over on account of world lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Federal authorities final week mentioned it might not pay for his or her keep in isolation as a consequence of money crunch.
Already, returnees from United Arab Emirates (UAE), the USA and the UK are within the nation at authorities expense.
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Minister of International Affairs Geofrey Onyeama, who broke the information throughout the PTF each day briefing in Abuja on Monday, defined that the apex financial institution and the NNPC agreed to choose the payments as a part of their company accountability roles.
Onyeama mentioned the federal government was not comfy asking would-be returnees to select their payments however for the paucity of funds.
He mentioned the fund used for the isolation of people who had returned was meant for one thing else.
The minister mentioned: “Final Friday evening after getting all of the barrage from around the globe, together with allegation that we had been conspiring with lodges to fleece Nigerians and different types of accusations, we tried to discover a means out of it.
“Minister of Atmosphere, Dr. Mahmoud Abubakar, known as me and steered that we strategy the NNPC and the CBN. He jogged my memory that the 2 organisations had company social accountability funds.
“I received in contact with the Governor of the CBN (Godwin Emefiele) and the GMD of the NNPC (Mele Kyari). I thank them generously for agreeing to spend over N1 billion as a result of we’ve got over 4,000 Nigerians on the market.
If over 3,000 come again, the price of lodging, feeding and different issues is over a billion that we don’t have.
“However thank God the governor of the CBN and the GMD agreed to fund the lodging and feeding of the would-be evacuees.”