Nigeria coronavirus: 5,162, Canada evacuation hits snag

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Lagos – Speaking at a daily briefing, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed that evacuation plans from Canada had hit a glitch.

“It is true that Canadian government denied landing rights to a Nigerian carrier scheduled for evacuation duty, on grounds that the airline does not have a license to undertake commercial flights to Canada.

“Our High Commission is engaging with Canadian government on this issue. The argument our High Commissioner is making is that this is not a regular commercial flight, but instead an emergency evacuation flight. So negotiations are ongoing with the Canadian government,” clarified Onyeama.

Through the Ministry and diaspora commission, Nigeria has evacuated nationals from the United States, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom in the past weeks.

Nigeria has recorded 5,162 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 1,180 recoveries and 167 deaths

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