Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tag "Geoffrey Onyeama"

    Onyeama: We’ll review size of embassies abroad

Onyeama: We’ll review size of embassies abroad

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the federal government is considering a review of embassy operations across the world. Speaking as a special guest at a NAN Forum in Abuja, Onyeama stated that the review had become necessary as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. According to him, resources for funding the embassies have not [...]

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    FG: We’ll deal with the hooligans who attacked our embassy in Indonesia

FG: We’ll deal with the hooligans who attacked our embassy in Indonesia

The federal government has condemned the attack on the Nigerian embassy in Indonesia. On Thursday, video clips emerged online of some persons protesting and destroying property on the premises of the embassy. The protesters trooped into the embassy, broke windows, pulled down the Nigerian flag and vandalised a bus that was parked within the premises. As they prepared to set the flag on [...]

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    315 Nigerians evacuated from UAE, Senegal

315 Nigerians evacuated from UAE, Senegal

The federal government has announced the evacuation of 315 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Senegal. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, disclosed this in a series of tweets on Monday. While 298 Nigerians arrived Lagos from UAE on Monday, 17 others were brought back to Abuja from Senegal on Sunday. He noted that the evacuees will undergo 14-day self-isolation as directed [...]

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    FG demands urgent action from Ghana over attack at high commission

FG demands urgent action from Ghana over attack at high commission

The federal government has demanded urgent action from Ghana over the attack on Nigerian high commission in Ghana. TheCable had reported how armed men invaded the commission in Accra, demolishing some apartments that were under construction. In a tweet on Sunday, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, said those responsible for the attack must be brought to book immediately. The minister said the federal [...]

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    COVID-19: FG suspends evacuation of Nigerians abroad

COVID-19: FG suspends evacuation of Nigerians abroad

The federal government has suspended further evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad over the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who announced this during the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, however, said the evacuation is expected to continue soon. He said the evacuation was suspended to give room for new measures that would require citizens returning from overseas to [...]

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    292 Nigerians have been evacuated from Saudi Arabia, says Onyeama

292 Nigerians have been evacuated from Saudi Arabia, says Onyeama

Two hundred and ninety-two Nigerians evacuated from Saudi Arabia have arrived in the federal capital territory (FCT). In a tweet on Wednesday, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, said the evacuees arrived in the nation's capital on Tuesday. Onyeama said the Saudi Arabia government facilitated their transportation to Abuja, and that a large number of the evacuees are nursing mothers and children. According [...]

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    COVID-19: CBN, NNPC to spend N1bn on upkeep of Nigerian returnees

COVID-19: CBN, NNPC to spend N1bn on upkeep of Nigerian returnees

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have reportedly agreed to split N1 billion for the upkeep of Nigerians returning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, announced this during the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday. He said he had reached out to the duo to seek funds [...]

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    Onyeama: Why Canada denied landing rights to Air Peace

Onyeama: Why Canada denied landing rights to Air Peace

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has explained the reason the plan to evacuate Nigerians from Canada has been delayed. An Air Peace flight was scheduled to evacuate 200 Nigerians from Canada on Thursday, but in a statement on Wednesday, the airline said the the flight had been cancelled. "The management of Air Peace wishes to announce that its evacuation flight to [...]

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    COVID-19: We are being strained, says FG on evacuation of stranded Nigerians

COVID-19: We are being strained, says FG on evacuation of stranded Nigerians

The federal government says it is reaching saturation point regarding the evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad over the coronavirus pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who said this at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the country is being strained by the process. Out of the 4,000 Nigerians abroad willing to return because of the health crisis, [...]

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    FG: We don’t have resources to bring back all the Nigerians seeking to return home over COVID-19

FG: We don’t have resources to bring back all the Nigerians seeking to return home over COVID-19

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says it is regretful that the federal government cannot bring back all the Nigerians willing to come back to the country over coronavirus. Speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, Onyeama said the priority of the government now is to bring back some students stuck in [...]

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    Geoffrey Onyeama: Abba Kyari was my ‘best man’ when I wedded in Anglican church

Geoffrey Onyeama: Abba Kyari was my ‘best man’ when I wedded in Anglican church

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, was his 'best man' when he wedded in the Anglican church many years ago. A best man acts as one of the witnesses in a wedding and is usually one of the groom's closest friends. In his tribute to Kyari, Onyeama said the late [...]

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    Onyeama: We don’t have enough facilities to isolate Nigerians willing to come back home

Onyeama: We don’t have enough facilities to isolate Nigerians willing to come back home

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says there are no enough facilities to isolate Nigerians willing to return to the country over coronavirus crisis. Speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, Onyeama said the return of these citizens would be done "in a staggered fashion." The minister said they would be brought [...]

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    200 US-based Nigerians willing to be evacuated, says Onyeama

200 US-based Nigerians willing to be evacuated, says Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says about 200 Nigerians in the United States are now willing to be evacuated to Nigeria over COVID-19.  With over 300,000 confirmed cases, the US is the worst hit country.  At a press briefing on Wednesday, the minister said all the while the presidential task force on COVID-19 had been putting measures in place to receive [...]

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    Coronavirus: Only a few Nigerians abroad have asked to be evacuated, says FG

Coronavirus: Only a few Nigerians abroad have asked to be evacuated, says FG

The federal government says only few Nigerians staying abroad have so far indicated interest to be evacuated because of the coronavirus pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, however, said the government is still awaiting final responses from the various embassies on those willing to be brought back to Nigeria. The government had through the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) asked citizens [...]

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    Onyeama: Why foreigners are leaving Nigeria over COVID-19

Onyeama: Why foreigners are leaving Nigeria over COVID-19

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says there is no hidden agenda behind some countries evacuating their citizens from Nigeria. At least, 637 Europeans were evacuated from Nigeria and Benin Republic on Thursday. The move had left many wondering if there is a cause for alarm. During the press briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Friday, a journalist had [...]

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    Coronavirus: Countries we are looking up to for assistance also facing challenges, says FG

Coronavirus: Countries we are looking up to for assistance also facing challenges, says FG

The federal government says many of the countries it is hoping will help Nigeria fight the coronavirus pandemic are also facing challenges. During a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, however, said the countries are still “cooperating”. He said Nigeria is learning measures being used to combat COVID-19, and is also in touch with those that [...]

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