The federal government hinted recently that more than 40 Nigerians have died as a result of complications from COVID -19. The chairman of Nigerians in diasporas commission (NIDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa talked about the Nigerian deaths abroad and stated the same when she made an appearance on Channels Television’s Special Covid-19 programme.
She however noted that the government is in touch with Nigerians in diaspora in various parts of the world even as efforts are on to the evacuate them and other efforts by Nigerian in the diaspora coming together to raise funds to help front-line workers in Nigeria.
The NIDCOM boss added that about 18 more Nigerian are expected to return from France in a chartered plane arranged by the mission and this will be the first time that it is not at the expense of the people.
What efforts are being made?
“As I speak to you, we are expecting about 18 from France and the France case is a chartered plane arranged by the mission and that will be the first time; apart from those from Lebanon (who supported us), where they’ll actually be coming in without paying anything so thanks to our ambassador in France, about 18 passengers from Europe, some from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain got together and they’ll be coming in today without actually paying anything and that I think is most commendable on her part”.
Africans are especially trying to get home but it is proving more fifficult as tehe pric to charter a plane weighs heavuily.
This was also evident in the number of Kenyans who were stuck in china trying to raise money to come back home.
Nigerian deaths abroad are set to keep growing if the government does not work with the various embassies side by side.
Source: Abike Dabiri-Erewa