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COVID-19: Nigerians in diaspora have not asked to be evacuated – FG

FG has disclosed that Nigerians in the diaspora have not sent any request of evacuation to the Nigerian Embassies in their countries of residence.



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The Federal Government has disclosed that Nigerians in the diaspora have not sent any request of evacuation to the Nigerian Embassies in their countries of residence.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama stated this during the joint briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday.

According to him, the Nigerian government has remained in touch with Nigerian Embassies across the world, especially the worst-hit countries, and will swing to action immediately they receive such notification.

“We are in touch with our embassies around the world especially those in the worst-hit countries. So if there are those who want to be evacuated, it has to be done within the framework of the Embassy. 

“As at now, we have not had any request from any of our embassies indicating any significant numbers of Nigerians wishing to be evacuated.  


“Certainly, if we receive notification from any of our embassies, we will start to take action and react accordingly,” he said.

[READ MORE: FG commences payment of cash transfer to the vulnerable, as lockdown takes effect)

2.6 million households to get FG relief packages: Speaking earlier during the briefing, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk announced that 2.6 million households with over 11 million individuals had been earmarked to receive the Federal Government relief packages, as part of palliatives for the masses.

FG commences payment of cash transfer to the vulnerable, as lockdown takes effect

Sadiya Umar Farouk, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Farouk said the government already has a social register with details of those considered as the vulnerable in society.

“The social register captures 11,045,537 individuals covering 2, 644,995 poor and vulnerable households around the country, with 47,698 communities, 4946 wards, 453 local governments in 35 states of the country.  

“This is the register we have and we are going to use it to carry out this intervention,” she said.

She noted that even though the register only covered the poor and vulnerable in the rural areas, the government is aware that the urban poor will be affected by the lockdown, and is working to expand the list to capture another 1 million households.

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Giving an update on the progress made, she said, “We have reached out to about 1 million people in 436,000 households across the country. We have already finished distributing 2 months of rations to the people in the IDP camps especially in the north, we are now focusing on those in the FCT. 

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“The poor and vulnerable in the register has various categories. The poorest of the poor, people who have been displaced, the elderly and people living with disabilities, and we have taken them all into consideration.”

Honourable Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire announced earlier that within the next three weeks, over 300 gene Xpert machines used for diagnosing tuberculosis would be converted to be used for COVID-19 testing.

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Ehanire added that the resources for procuring required commodities had been provided, and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control had engaged hundreds of ad-hoc staff to support call centres, contact tracing and laboratory work.

The volunteers include retired medical personnel and volunteers who are being trained to support preparedness and treatments.

He appealed to Nigerians to protect the elderly among them and those with underlying medical conditions from unnecessary contact with possible cases.

He added that the NCDC hotline is available round the clock, but warned that it is only to be used for “serious legitimate reporting and enquiries and not for a joke.”

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career.As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]



  1. Agyo iku

    May 2, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Please Nigeria government help us, because hungry is now killing more than covid 19. thanks.

  2. Abdulkarim Muhammad hamza

    October 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm


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Hospitality & Travel

KLM demands rapid antigen tests from Lagos passengers, as Netherland bans flights to UK, others

Passengers are to obtain rapid antigen tests at Murtala Mohammed International Airport before departure via Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.



KLM, Air France to resume flight operations in Nigeria from December 7

Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has asked passengers departing from Lagos to obtain a rapid antigen test at Murtala Mohammed International Airport before departure from January 26, 2021.

This was disclosed by the Commercial Team Nigeria, Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in its newsletter.

The airlines explained that customers, who are traveling to France as their final destination, now need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the aircraft and that the test result cannot be older than 72 hours and only PCR or LAMP tests are accepted.

Also, to fight against COVID-19, the Dutch government imposed flight ban to the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America.

It stated, “In addition, a second COVID-19 test will be required (rapid test – antigen) for all customers traveling to The Netherlands, including transfer customers.


“No passengers will be allowed to board the aircraft without both the negative PCR test (72 hours before departure) and antigen test results (4 hours before departure) and will be rebooked accordingly. For now, all flights to/from U.K will be suspended until 27 January 2021.”

Steps to obtain rapid test

  • Antigen testing for passengers flying to The Netherlands including transfer customers need to be done as of 4
    hours prior to flight departure. In order to undergo the test, each passenger must complete a biodata form
  • The payment for the COVID-19 antigen test needs to be made via cash or card. The venue for sample collection is at the airport close to the check-in desks.
  • Rebook policy for mandatory PCR test: Customers that are not able to provide negative test results on time can take advantage of Air France and KLM PCR-test rebook policy.

What you should know

In December 2020, Nairametrics reported that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France resumed flight operations to Abuja and Lagos.

The airlines in a statement disclosed that international passengers can now fly Air France and KLM from Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) to Paris and Amsterdam, with the possibility of further transfers to other European and North Atlantic destinations.

In a piece of travel advice, the airline asked customers to ensure they are well prepared for their trip and check the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries in line with travel restrictions and governmental authorizations before making any travel plans. This is as the entry requirements may change with short notice.

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Tech News

Twitter acquires newsletter service, Revue

Twitter has acquired Revue, an email service that lets writers publish newsletters.



Twitter Acquires Revue, A Newsletter Company

Twitter has acquired Revue, a Dutch startup that makes it free and easy for anyone to start and publish editorial newsletters. This is coming after a failed attempt to acquire Revue’s competition Substack.

Twitter has made massive moves over the past two months to acquire start-ups as it tries to expand beyond its core timeline product.

What they are saying

  • According to a blog post by Twitter VP of Publisher Products, Mike Park and Product Lead, Kayvon Beykpour, “Many established writers and publishers have built their brand on Twitter, amassing an audience that’s hungry for the next article or perspective they Tweet. Our goal is to make it easy for them to connect with their subscribers, while also helping readers better discover writers and their content. We’re imagining a lot of ways to do this, from allowing people to sign up for newsletters from their favorite follows on Twitter, to new settings for writers to host conversations with their subscribers. It will all work seamlessly within Twitter.

They added that Twitter will continue to operate Revue as a standalone product, with its team remaining “focused on improving the ways writers create their newsletters, build their audience and get paid for their work.”

  • “Revue will accelerate our work to help people stay informed about their interests while giving all types of writers a way to monetize their audience – whether it’s through the one they built at a publication, their website, on Twitter, or elsewhere,” the Twitter executives said.

They also said that bringing Revue to Twitter will supercharge this offering, helping writers grow their paid subscribers while also incentivizing them to produce engaging and relevant content that drives conversations on Twitter.

Twitter will make Revue’s Pro features free for all accounts and lower the paid newsletter fee to 5%, a competitive rate that lets writers keep more of the revenue generated from subscriptions.


What you should know:

  • In December, Twitter bought Squad, a multi-participant video chat app, and this month it acquired the social broadcasting service, Breaker to create audio conversations for Twitter users. And now, they have added Revue to the collection of startups.
  • Revue was originally founded in 2015 in the Netherlands.
  • Twitter’s acquisition of Revue also places it in direct competition with Substack, a rival email newsletter service that has been growing in popularity recently.

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Benue State Governor, Ortom tests positive for COVID-19

Benue State Governor has commenced treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.



Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was disclosed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He stated, “This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.

“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.”

According to him, the governor has advised those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for a test.


“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“Governor Ortom urged Benue people to continue to observe the protocols for the prevention of the virus such as wearing of face masks, use of sanitisers, regular hand washing and physical distancing,” he added.

What you should know

Some of the governor’s aides which included his personal physician, aide de camp, orderly, permanent secretaries among others had recently tested positive for the virus.

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