Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, today 18 May 2020 announced that the Federal Government will now fund the feeding and accommodation of stranded Nigerians abroad as they return home, thanks to the support of two national organisations.
The national oil company NNPC and the country’s Central Bank agreed to foot the bill as a corporate social responsibility programme when he approached them for support, he said.
The noble effort to ferry home thousands of Nigerians stranded all over the world came to a screeching halt at the weekend when it became impossible to pay for their accommodation, feeding and quarantine costs.
Mr. Onyeama said the idea of approaching the two national organisations for support came from his counterpart in the Ministry of Envrionment, Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, and he was full of profuse thanks to the CBN Governor and GMD of NNPC “for their solidarity.”
The Foreign Affairs Ministry was going to come under severe attacks for its inability to assist citizens the same way that other countries have done, in spite of having to charge them for the one-way return tickets to come home.
Nigeria evacuated 620 citizens from Dubai, UK and the United States before the Ministry became overwhelmed with the sheer cost of putting them in hotels and feeding them for the mandatory 2-week quarantine.