The Nigerian Government, on Monday, disclosed that the current evacuation of Nigerians from abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic would come to an end on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja.
The PTF Chairman, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), mentioned that with the closure of evacuation process, Nigerian airports would be given adequate time to prepare for reopening.
Mustapha also revealed that some countries, like the United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, had expressed their alacrity to repatriate convicted Nigerians, who had been exonerated and paroled.
He said, “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.”
Mustapha stated that the PTF had continued to observe “noticeable decline in fatalities, high discharge rates and consistent under 500 daily cases” for the past four weeks in spite of the huge increase in testing capacity and increase in the number of daily tests conducted.