The Federal Government (FG), on Sunday, evacuated another batch of 27 stranded Nigerian girls from Lebanon.
The girls arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja following the collaborative effort of the FG, Lebanese Government as well as its community in Nigeria.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who was represented by Spokesperson for the Ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, said the evacuation was in fulfillment of the Buhari-led government’s promise to ensure no Nigerian is left stranded in Lebanon.
So many Nigerians, especially girls have pleaded to the government to facilitate their return to Nigeria over unfortunate situation they experience in Lebanon.
Nwonye stated that the government knows about the bad situation many of the girls in Lebanon find themselves, hence the need to safely bring them back to the country.
He said, “I am here on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs who facilitated this return, together with the Ministry of Aviation, Embassy of Nigeria in Beirut, the Lebanese Embassy in Nigeria and the Lebanese community in Nigeria.
“These are the individuals and institutions that made it possible for you to be here today.
“It is unfortunate the situation you passed through; which is why the ministries concerned made sure you are here today and we are telling you that you are now home today and nothing will happen to you.
“Make sure you follow the protocols they advised you on; you know what to do to recover your passports again.
“You are welcome back home and I wish you journey mercies to your various destinations.”
Nwonye noted that all the girls tested negative to covid-19 before embarking on the journey, noting that all guidelines on covid-19 set by the FG were followed.
He also revealed that their passports were retrieved from them upon arrival and will be returned to the girls after 14 days in isolation if they test negative to covid-19.