According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would now bear the cost of quarantine, accommodation and feeding for Nigerians returning to the country from abroad as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There has been concern about funding of the cost of quarantine, accomodations and feeding of Nigerians evacuated from different part of the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically in the face of falling revenue accruing to the federal government as the pandemic continues to bite harder on the nations revenue from crude.
Late last week, a letter porportedly written by a Nigerian embassy went viral on social media. It was seen in the letter that the embassy published a figure to be paid by evacuees for their comfort during their mandatory quarantine period once they arrived in Nigeria. See letter below
It is good that corporate organizations like the CBN and the NNPC are picking the bills as more Nigerians are clamouring for opportunity to return to the country which they percieved to be safer going by the figures of infected and deaths as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.