By Johnson Dike Abuja,
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja yesterday that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have agreed to fund the feeding and accommodation of evacuees in Lagos and Abuja.
Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the fund to cover the cost of evacuees’ feeding and accommodation wa
s over N1 billion and since funding was not available, it had to pass the cost onto the evacuees.
This however led to protest by some evacuees who cited that they were subject to poor feeding and other ill treatments at the isolation center..
Onyeama said: “Today, the GMD of NNPC said he met with the CBN Governor and they both promised to fund the feeding of evacuees.
“I thank the Minister of Environment for the suggestion. He sold the idea to me to approach CBN and NNPC to support Nigerians in desperate need.”