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COVID-19: You’ll pay N297k for quarantine, FG tells evacuated Nigerians

 

The Federal Government has said Nigerians wishing to be evacuated from overseas following coronavirus pandemic would now pay for their 14-day quarantine in Nigeria.

A copy of the letter sent to Nigerians residing in the State of Kuwait by the Embassy of Nigeria revealed that the evacuees will pay N297,600 for their quarantine apart from the airfares.

CANDIIDONLINE recalls that when Nigeria recorded its first case in February, Nigerians abroad immediately asked to be evacuated home.

The Federal Ministry of Health in April then issued a statement saying it has started the process of evacuation and that those who wish to be evacuated will pay for their flight ticket and will also be placed on a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Some Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and the United Kingdom have since been evacuated and are currently isolating in Lagos and Abuja hotels at the expense of the government.

It appears the Federal government can no longer foot the bill as a new letter sent to stranded Nigerians says henceforth, they will pay their hotel and feeding bills before departure or arrival in Nigeria and go into the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Below is the copy of the letter purported to have been sent by the Nigerian Embassy.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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