Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that 802 Nigerians will return from Saudi Arabia on Thursday and Friday.
The citizens who were held at various detention centres over migration issues would be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by MFA officials.
The returnees will be quarantined at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with the COVID-19 protocols.
A statement on Wednesday, by the Permanent Secretary, MFA, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, said the returnees will be conveyed via two Saudi Arabian Airlines.
The statement titled, ‘FG to receive 802 Nigerian returnees from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,’ explained that the first batch will arrive on January 28 at 11:50hrs, while the second would arrive on January 29 at 10:35hrs.
It stated, “The returnees will be received on arrival by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“They will be quarantined at the FCT Hajj camp for a period of 14 days in line with established COVID-19 protocols. Thereafter, the ministry will facilitate their movement to their respective home destinations.”
Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs ministry has scheduled the induction course for Career and Non- Career Ambassadors-Designate and their spouses for February 8th-10th, 2021.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Aduda.
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It read, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the induction course for Career and Non- Career Ambassadors-Designate and their spouses has been scheduled for 8th – 10th February, 2021.
“Following the approval of the posting of Career and Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry has designed an induction course tailored to prepare the appointed envoys for effective representation in their respective Missions and countries of accreditation.
“The aim of the programme is to acquaint the Ambassadors-Designate with the proper understanding of their roles and duties in the implementation of Nigeria’s foreign policy agenda, in line with the priorities of Federal Government, as well as promote and protect the national interests of Nigeria.
“The induction course is preparatory to the final departure to their various Missions, subject to the receipt of Agrément from the prospective host countries.”