By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, May 19, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s apex financial institution, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its counterpart in the petroleum sector, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have agreed to partly fund the costs for the evacuation and accommodation of Nigerians from abroad, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The minister disclosed this on Monday, May 18, 2020, during the routine briefing session of the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, FCT.
Onyeama, at an earlier briefing session of the task force, sometime last week, had warned that the country was reaching saturation point, and was putting a hold on the evacuation of more of its citizens from abroad until the ones on ground had been taken care of. Admitting that there were logistical mix-ups during the first phase of the evacuation process, he assured that better measures would be put in place in the next phase to avoid a repeat of the initial mistakes.
Over 600 evacuees are currently in Lagos and Abuja.