The federal government has said Nigerians abroad repatriated into the country amid the pandemic prefer to arrive in Lagos State.
It also said the returnees prefer to be quarantined in Lagos except for capacity constraints.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who made this disclosure on Thursday evening during an appointment by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the primary batch of 265 returnees that received the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday night are quarantined in two hotels.
He added that they might be there for 14 days during which they might be tested for coronavirus and people who test negative would be allowed to rejoin the society while those that test positive would be moved to isolation and treatment facilities.
He said, “We would really like to thank the Governor of Lagos State. His personal support and investment during this whole process have made this a really successful initiative . He has given us a template to which we will now build and hopefully deliver better, going forward.
“We hope to possess another flight tomorrow (Friday) coming from the united kingdom . This flight getting to be|are”> are going to be going to Abuja but they’re going to be landing in Lagos first, that’s the plan and that they are going to be ferried to Abuja.
“The reasons are these: We’ve been very mindful of the value to the passengers coming home. We’ve tried the maximum amount as possible to minimise the burden on them, appreciating that tons of them had stayed out quite they needed to or wanted to and are probably out of pocket.
“We’ve tried to possess a bargain with the varied hotels to urge an honest rate as possible. Abuja offers us better economy in terms of hotel rates and that we have more hotels here (in Abuja) and our strength is more here.
“But we appreciate that variety of the passengers will like better to attend Lagos but we just don’t have the facilities available to us in Lagos. we’ll just ask them in touch with us for 2 weeks.”