The ongoing evacuation of Nigerians from abroad would end on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
This development was disclosed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday The Punch reports
A representative of the Federal Government, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, revealed this during a press briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,
According to him, with the stoppage of evacuation, the nation’s airports would be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.
Speaking further, he said, that some countries, such as the United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, had expressed their readiness to repatriate convicted Nigerians, who had been pardoned and paroled.
In his words “A number of countries have signified intention to repatriate Nigerians convicted and pardoned and paroled in those countries. They include the UAE, Egypt and the United States of America.
“Coming in the midst of our national response to COVID-19, all relevant agencies of government are taking multi-sector steps to ensure that the process remains within acceptable international protocols and in line with bilateral agreements.
“For the purpose of clarity, this should be distinguished from the normal evacuation flights and we wish to state that all evacuation flights will end on August 22, 2020, after which the airports will be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.”