Evacuation of Nigerians stranded in U.S. begins
The clearing of Nigerians abandoned in the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic is to start on 10 May.
Mr. Benaoyagha Okoyen, the consul-general of Nigeria in New York disclosed this on Sunday in a notice signed on behalf of the Nigerian Missions in the U.S.
No less than 700 Nigerians have enrolled with the missions for clearing.
It will be done in batches.
Okoyen said that the first batch of 270 evacuees would be flown to Abuja through an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 509.
The plane is required to leave the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey at 9.15 p.m. furthermore, fly legitimately to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
As prior reported by the Federal Government, the flight is to the detriment of the evacuees, who will all fly economy class, as indicated by the notification.
“The anticipated expense for the single direction economy ticket is between 1,300 dollars (N488,800) and 1,700 dollars (N639,200) per grown-up.
“Please note that over 700 Nigerian nationals have registered with our missions in the USA to be evacuated.
“However, only 270 passengers shall be accommodated in this batch of evacuation.
“Missions will, therefore, attend to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis and shall prioritize the list of evacuees according to their immigration status.
“This includes the need to consider those stranded with proof of short-stay visas, the elderly, families with children and returning students,” it said.
Okoyen revealed to NAN that the dates for ensuing batches would be declared at the appointed time.
To check the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government on March 18 forced limitations on movements from 13 nations with high weights.
The nations are China, Iran, South Korea, Germany, Italy, U.S. Joined Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, France, Japan, Australia, and Sweden.
Thusly, numerous Nigerians, who were on momentary visits to the influenced nations, got abandoned.