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COVID 19: NIgerians stranded in African countries accuse govt of excluding them from evacuation exercise

As the Covid 19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, Nigeians stranded in different African countries have accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led government of excluding them from their evacuation exercise.
The embattled citizens took a swipe at the government for concentrating on evacuating people from Europe and America and giving  little or no attention those stranded in African countries.
Tweeting at the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, a stranded citizen in Morrocco, Swaz (@swazkeri),said:
“Pls we that are stranded here in Morocco (Africa) since March when will our evacuation commence ?, since the people from China are now successful back home yesterday ?”
Lamenting the plight of Nigerians in South Africa, @aijay_gold said:
Sir, when will you remember us stranded in South Africa. I am a pregnant woman and this situation is affecting me mentally. We are cash strapped and stuck in the middle of winter storm and the plateau of the pandemic here. I appeal to your conscience. CG here says no approval,why?”
She  added:  “Nigerians in South Africa are human beings just like the ones in UK, US, Dubai, China, India etc. Besides, South Africans are mocking us that our government abandoned us. Please save our face for future generations sake.”
Khalifa Umar, a Nigerian stranded in Egypt said:, “Sir there are so many Africans who are stranded in so many African countries because of Covid19 lockdown. Sir people are suffering, please help us sir we are stranded in Egypt please sir i take God beg you Help us the stranded people in Egypt.”
Another stranded citizen, Akolade
tweeted:”We are glad the suspension on evacuation is now lifted. Kindly approve the 6th of June evacuation itinerary as proposed by the Consulate General for the 270+ Nigerians stranded in South Africa. We will be grateful for your timely intervention, Sir.”
Chiemerie (@ChiemerieJosh ) accused the government of neglecting the stranded citizens in West Africa.
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Tweeting at
“Stranded Nigerians in West African (Ghana) countries are being neglected,we have been calling on

.@abikedabirir for evacuation but they’re not responding rather they prefer to evacuate Nigerians from UK,UAE, US etc.we here are also Nigerians.”

Seeking the government’s intervention for the stranded citizens, Oluwadare Ayeni PhD (@Darrykk) said:  “What of the stranded people in the west Africa countries? Are they not Nigerians? Are they neglected because they are in low-profile countries? I am just asking.”
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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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