Nigerians, including eight babies, have made the first batch of evacuees.
Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements of the
Federal Government for citizens stranded abroad.
pre-departure infection prevention control guidelines, temperature checks were
conducted on the passengers by a special medical team.
International Airport, New Jersey, on Saturday around 8:20 p.m. local time
(1:20 a.m. in Nigeria on Sunday). It is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around noon on Sunday.
for 14 days in Abuja before departing for their respective country
New York, headed by the Consul-General, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, were at the
airport to organize the departure operations.
farewell was Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations
General Assembly and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN. He was
joined by Amb. Samson Itegboje, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria
to the UN, among others.
evacuees for their cooperation and orderly conduct throughout the process.
happy that everything was orderly. As you must have observed, the boarding was
NAN, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the special flight
orthopaedic surgeon at the Federal
Medical Centre, Jigawa, said he was in the U.S. for a training programme in
since his return British Airways flight scheduled for April 10 was delayed
following the Federal Government travel restrictions on the United States and
12 other countries with a heavy COVID-19 pressure on March 18.
businessman from Imo, said a business engagement took him to the U.S. in March.
Ethiopian Airlines, said he had to pay for the special flight after the airline
refused to let him use his return ticket for the flight.
our return tickets were valid until December, and so we had to wait for the
return flight after the restrictions were lifted in Nigeria.
through the special flight, then we had to pay for it,” he said.
the Traffic and Sales Manager of Ethiopian Airlines, New York, said any of the
evacuees with a return ticket could use it for a U.S.-Nigeria flight in the
going to use the return tickets, we would refund them based on our refund
policy,” Legesse said.
medical doctor, who was part of the medical team that screened the passengers,
said their temperatures were normal.
criteria to determine COVID-19 symptoms.
there are patients with the virus who are not symptomatic, it will provide us
an rundown of their wellbeing.
for 14 days in Nigeria, we are at least confident that none of them will have a
fever that will affect them during the trip,” Obilo told NAN.