The Nigerian government has revealed that a number of countries, including Egypt, The US and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signified their intentions to repatriate Nigerians, who were pardoned after being convicted for various offences in those countries.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha made this known during a recent PTF briefing in Abuja.
According to thisdaylive.com, the repatriation was coming in the midst of the country’s National Response to COVID 19, all relevant agencies of government were making multi sectoral efforts to ensure that the process remained within acceptable international protocols and in line with bilateral agreements.
Mr Mustapha also clarified further that the exercise was entirely different from normal evacuation flights, adding that all evacuation flights will end on August 22, 2020 after which airports will be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.
He added that while Nigeria was gradually inching towards the 50,000 marks of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a total number of confirmed cases standing at 49,098 as at August 17, 2020, the PTF had continued to observe the noticeable decline in coronavirus fatalities, high discharge rates and consistent under 500 daily cases for the past four weeks in spite of the huge jump in the country’s testing capacity.