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"Preposterously Outrageous" Nigerians React As Stranded Citizens Are To Pay Almost 300k For Quarantine And Feeding, Aside Airfares Before Evacuation


Stranded Nigerians abroad who have showed interest to be evacuated home due to the global pandemic have been asked to their two-week quarantine directly to the airline along with their tickets.

A copy of the letter sent to Nigerians residing in the State of Kuwait by the Embassy of Nigeria on May 13, 2020, says the evacuees will pay N297,600 for their quarantine in Nigeria apart from the airfares. The letter, titled

“Re: Request for evacuation of Nigerian nationals in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reads in part.

“Further to our notice of 5th April 2020 on the above mentioned subject matter, the Embassy wishes to inform that all intending evacuees are to pay for their quarantine/isolation/accommodation/centre/hotels before departure and arrival in Nigeria.

The negotiated rate is as follows;

Accommodation-N240,000 (N15,000 x16 days); Feeding-N57,6009( N3,600 x 16 days). Total- N297,600 (N18,600 x16 days).

Evacuees have option to pay in dollars or its equivalent in Naira. It is important to note that evacuees that do not pay for their quarantine/isolation/accommodation/ centre/ hotels will not be allowed into the country.”

Meanwhile, Nigerians in the country have frowned at the development calling on the government that most of them are stranded and cannot afford such fees, some however suggested they self isolate.

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