The National Assembly has disclosed it readiness to bring Nigerians that are stranded abroad as a result of the Corona virus pandemic back into the country.
Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Mrs Tolu Sadipe, who made this disclosure on Tuesday through her Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Mr Olamilekan Olusada, in Abuja, stressed that efforts are ongoing to bring Nigerians that are stranded in various countries abroad due to the pandemic ravaging the whole world.
She said that those affected had been asked to contact Nigerian Missions and Embassies in their counties of residence noting that, in the United Kingdom and the United States, a disproportionate ethnic impact has been observed with regards to those infected by the virus and fatalities there off, and urged Africans abroad take extra precautions to avoid exposure to COVID 19.
The Lawmaker confirmed the alleged maltreatment of Nigerian in China but explained that from an independent investigation onto the matter it was discovered that, most Nigerian immigrants who have no resident permit take up accommodation at unauthorized and unregistered businesses apartments or hostels and unfortunately, with the current situation of the COVID 19 pandemic, all those that never registered at local police station are being evicted by operators of the facilities for fear of sanctions from their government.
She further explained that, some Nigerians who came into China through the Ethiopian Airline from other countries, visited a Nigerian restaurant owned by a Nigerian married to a Chinese national, whose whole family have tested positive to the virus.
She said that, four of the Nigerians who visited the restaurant have also tested positive.
The Lawmaker added that, the investigation was carried out in collaboration with the COVID 19 Verification of Compliance with Chinese Residency and Immigration Policy.