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Breaking: 288 Nigerians returns from UAE – total now over 2,500.

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Two hundred and eighty-eight more Nigerians have returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to 2,641.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this in a tweet via its official handle on Monday.

It explained that the evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 11:00 am onboard an Air Peace flight.

Although the agency said the evacuees had tested negative to COVID-19, they would be undergoing a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, in line with the guidelines issued by the Federal Government.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted regular daily activities in several countries across the world, leaving millions of people stranded in foreign nations.

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Against the backdrop of the outbreak, many countries initiated the process of evacuating their citizens back home.

Nigeria is not left out as the Federal Government has facilitated the repatriation of thousands of its citizens stranded abroad.

Among the nations where Nigerians have been brought back home include the United States, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Sudan, France, Ethiopia, and several others.

Monday’s evacuation from the UAE comes two days after 311 Nigerians returned from the country.

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On Sunday, NIDCOM said 327 Nigerians returned from the United Kingdom.

As at June 2020, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians from overseas.

During a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had directed all Nigerians interested in returning to the country to work with Nigeria’s embassies and high commissions where they are.

“What is important to get out to all Nigerians is that their engagement and communication should be with the embassies, high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that.”


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Just in: 327 Nigerians set to return from UK – NIDCOM

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Three hundred and twenty seven Nigerians are set to return to the country today from the United Kingdom.

The evacuees have already departed the Gatwick Airport, London, and are expected to land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard an Air Peace flight, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), tweeted on its handle.

“They are expected to arrive at Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport Abuja later today and proceed on a 14-day SELF ISOLATION as mandated by NCDC and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” the agency added.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travels across the world, thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home.

On Saturday, NIDCOM said 332 evacuees had arrive the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos from the Gatwick Airport, London UK at about 7:40 pm Local time via Air Peace.

Earlier that day, 87 Nigerians had returned from Sudan with another 311 evacuees also coming from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In early June, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians from overseas


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COVID-19: 306 Nigerians in UAE arrives Abuja – NIDCOM

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Three hundred and six Nigerians have arrived the country from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said the returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 8:00am.

“Some Evacuees will disembark in Abuja while others will proceed to MM Int’l Airport, Lagos,” NIDCOM tweeted on its handle.

According to the agency, although the evacuees have tested negative to COVID-19, they will be undergoing mandatory self-isolation in line with guidelines from the Presidential Task Force and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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On July 30th, about 102 stranded Nigerians arrived in Abuja from Morocco.

The evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with Air Morocco from Casablanca.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travels across the world, thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home.

In early June, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.


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Breaking: 300 stranded Nigerians arrive Lagos port from U.S.

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…all test negative to famous coronavirus pandemic

Three hundred more Nigerians who had been stranded in the United States have arrived in Abuja.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), announced this on Saturday via Twitter.

The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 15:00pm via the Ethiopian Airlines.

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According to NIDCOM, the evacuation is the fifth from the US since the Federal Government started flying Nigerians who were stranded as a result of the COVID-19 back home.

All the evacuees tested Negative to COVID-19 before boarding the flight but will also observe the mandatory 4-day self-isolation as mandated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

So far, a total of 1,430 Nigerians have been flown back home.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government says it has spent over N169million in transporting Nigerian returnees from overseas.

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The National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, said N22billion was released for the effective handling of COVID-19 response in the country.

“At the moment, as far as I know, only N169million was spent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the evacuation of Nigerians, mainly on their accommodation.

“We haven’t spent much because of the need for prudence in the first place. We need to have clear evidence. A lot of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of government are yet to do their quick procurement,” he said during an interview.


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Over 200 stranded Nigerians in US arrives Abuja.

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270 Nigerians who had been stranded in the United States have arrived in Abuja.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), announced this on Wednesday.

The returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 13:10 pm via Ethiopian Air.

According to NIDCOM, the flight is the fourth evacuation from the US since series of repatriations commenced following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also noted that all the evacuees tested Negative to COVID-19 before boarding the flight and will also commence a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.


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NIDCOM to NDDC: Pay stranded students oversea

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to urgently pay the allowances and tuition on their scholarship scheme abroad.

NIDCOM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the appeal in a statement signed by Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission.

Mrs Abike explained that the payment of the allowances, tution and other incentives to the students, would ensure their continued stay in their place of study.

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The statement made reference to a letter written to the Hon Minister of the Niger Delta Senator. Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, NIDC/001/20/1 drawing attention to the plight of the students, and urging the NDDC who are directly responsible for the students’ scholarships to pay.

She added that the Commission counts on the Minister’s assurances that all outstanding payments to affected Students will be made.

At the moment, there have been persistent calls by the students for urgent intervention.

While deadline for payment of the fees of some of the students have expired or about to expire, non payment of their allowances have turned many of them to virtually become beggars

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The NIDCOM Chairman once again appeal to the Niger Delta Ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to intervene urgently and promptly too.

A file photo of Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The NDDC has been in the news recently following a probe of the commission over corruption allegations.

For President Muhammadu Buhari, there should be a coordination between the National Assembly for a speedy conclusion of the NDDC probe.

The Nigerian leader wants the probe to get to the root of the matter and reposition the commission


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Dabiri-Erewa: Nigeria Diaspora Policy Underway


The Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday disclosed that a Diaspora Policy for Nigeria has been sent to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for ratification.

She made the disclosure while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The next FEC meeting is likely to hold on January 22, 2020, as the next two FEC meeting days fall on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020) and the Armed Forces Remembrance Day (January 15).


Dabiri-Erewa, who was in the Presidential Villa to brief the President on the activities of the Commission which was set up in May, expressed optimism that the document would be considered and approved by the council.

Speaking on the specific issues the Commission dealt with since it was set up, the NIDCOM boss said:
“We have dealt with a lot of issues — xenophobic attacks in South Africa and those who have returned; recently too, young Nigerians stranded in Croatia returned and we received them in the office.


“We have various engagements; we have sent the Diaspora Policy to the FEC; hopefully, it will be considered in the New Year.

“The Diaspora policy is a holistic policy that actually will guide all Diaspora engagements; it covers all aspects of Diaspora engagements.


“It will transcend virtually every ministry that has to do with Diaspora; every department and agency; already, we are working with states; 13 states have focal persons on Diaspora; there are two commissioners for Diaspora.

“Ondo State has a House Committee on Diaspora Chairman, and we hope that other states will have their focal persons because we need to also move to the sub-national governments in terms of Diaspora engagements.


“We believe that if we are able to have this policy; it will actually revolutionise a lot of things in this country.”

Dabiri-Erewa said that she briefed the President on the short, medium and long term goals of the commission.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa


She said that the President had instructed that wherever Nigerians were, their welfare should be paramount.

According to her, the Commission has adhered strictly to this directive, hence the constant engagement with Nigerians wherever they are to ensure no one is neglected.


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Breaking – FG pledges to deepen Saudi Arabia’s economic ties.

THE Federal Government on Thursday pledged its readiness to deepen economic ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further promote investment and trade between both countries. Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa expressed government’s position in Abuja at the Nigerian Hajj and Umrah Exhibition (NHAU) and Forum on investment opportunities between Nigeria and Saudi companies.

The exhibition was put together by Saudi Arabia’s companies in collaboration with their Nigerian counterparts to showcase Saudi products and the business opportunities that are abound in Nigeria. Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa described the exhibition as a good sign for Nigeria’s economy.

She asked Nigerians in the diaspora to partner with their home country, saying the objective of NiDCOM was to create a platform where diaspora investors could invest and partner with the country to build Nigeria.

Assuring the commitment of NiDCOM to partner with the promoters, Yaro Brothers, to also showcase Nigeria’s products in Saudi Arabai in subsequent time, she said NiDCOM through Nigerians in the diaspora would continue to bring investment opportunity to the country.

She said: “The exhibition is simply amazing and to see all these people coming from Saudi Arabia to exhibit in Nigeria, it tells a whole lot of the things Nigerian youths can do and we should all be proud of our country.

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Abike Dabiri Erewa appeal to Nigerians over Amaechi’s attack in Spain.

…to be of a good behavior

Abike Dabiri-Erewa has appealed to Nigerians in diaspora to be of good behaviour following the attack on Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in Madrid, Spain.

Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, made the appeal in a statement released on Friday. She said such incidents tarnish the image of the country and other Nigerians living outside the country.

Dabiri-Erewa said: “NIDCOM appeals to Nigerians in diaspora to be of good behaviour wherever they are because such incidents tarnish the image of the country in their host countries.

“Also, such attitude has multiplier negative effects on Nigerians living in that country who are law-abiding.”

Dabiri- Erewa also applauded the prompt intervention of the Nigerian Mission in Spain and the Spanish police who ensured that the attack did not escalate.

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