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Quarantine: FG halts footing hotel, feeding bills of Nigerian returnees

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The Federal Government has said the second batch of Nigerians that would be evacuated from other countries would pay for their own hotel accommodation and feeding while in quarantine.

Federal Government has been footing the bills for the accommodation and feeding of the first batch of over 600 Nigerians evacuated from other countries and currently in quarantine in different hotels in Lagos and Abuja.

But the spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye said it might be due to “(non) availability of funds.”

On the first batch returnees, the government is paying for over 1,300 hotel rooms where the individuals repatriated from the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom are in 14-day isolation for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, 500 Nigerians in Saudi Arabia have registered for repatriation, including those stranded after attending the lesser hajj.

Nwoye said the Nigerian Mission in Riyadh has been compiling the names of interested individuals for the planned emergency flight.

The mission however said it is not aware of the reported 11,000 citizens awaiting repatriation