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Nigerians awaiting evacuation from different parts of the world would have to pay for the hotel accommodation they would be kept in for isolation, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has  said to the chagrin of the citizens.
This obviously would require the embattled citizens to bear more financial responsibilities as they are expected to pay for their flight expenses back home.
Some of the citizens in the United Kingdom had earlier protested the government’s  request that they must present Covid -19 test result before they would be allowed to board.
The Covid-19 test in one the suggested private clinics in the UK according to our findings costs £350.
(https://www.voiceforafricanmigrants.com/2020/04/09/controversy-trails-nigerias-move-to-evacuate-citizens-from-uk/)
The Foreign Affairs Minister via his Twitter handle said: “Today’s #PTFCOVID19 briefing: spoke in response to questions about when exactly is the evacuation process going to commence.

“This is a situation that breaks all our hearts, but there were certain measures we had to put in place first.”We don’t want Nigerians abroad coming in with more #COVID19 cases. We are trying to find quarantine centres approved by medical authorities. But most hotels do not want to be used for quarantine centres

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“We have located some hotels in Abuja and Lagos and made necessary arrangements, but the passengers will have to pay for the hotels. We have put a date for Monday, 4th of May, 2020 for the commencement of the evacuation process.

 

“Miffed by the government’s position, a twitter user, Kassim Isma’ila (@ismaila_112) said: “No matter how cheap the hotel will be, a returnee will spend at least 30k, not including feeding and others for the 14days and end up getting tested.

“Here we are talking about people who have been stranded abroad for close to 2months and most have apparently become broke.

“There are 37 NYSC Orientation camps in Nigeria which the NYSC has agreed to allow the government use for isolation if the need arises. Why not make use of these camps or get these people tested on arrival and let their various states government take them home.”It is a shame that a country like Nigeria does not have a national carrier. We have to depend on private airlines elsewhere to help our stranded citizens return home.

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“Most of these Stranded citizens have run out of money and have practically become street beggars. What a Shame!!”

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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