The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, noted that Nigerian returnees will no longer pay the cost of quarantine accommodation and feeding upon arrival in Nigeria.
He further stated that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and Central Bank of Nigeria, have agreed to sponsor the bills of the returnees stranded as a result of Coronavirus pandemic.
The development was revealed by the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad on his Twitter account.
“The NNPC and CBN have agreed to fund, as part of their CSR, the cost of quarantine accommodation and feeding for all Nigerians returning to the country from abroad, the Foreign Affairs’ Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has disclosed.”
Recalls that the government in a revised guideline demanded that returnees pay for their two weeks’ stay at the isolation centres.
Before Friday, the returnees were only required to pay for their flight back home while their accommodation at the isolation centres was sorted out by the government.
But in the letter by the Embassy of Nigeria in Bangkok, Thailand, which was signed by the Head of Chancery, Nicholas P. Uhomoibhi, and dated May 14, each returnee is to pay N297,600 for quarantine and feeding in Nigeria.