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Lifeline For Cashless Nigerians Abroad As NNPC, CBN Pay Hotel Bills



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By Ayodele Oluwafemi

Cashless Nigerians stranded abroad desirous of returning home were on Monday given a lifeline after the NNPC and the CBN jointly decided to pick up the 14-day hotel bills during the mandatory quarantine for returnees.

The decision by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN follows reports of clashes between the first batch of returnees from Dubai, US and UK some of who were reportedly refusing to pay.

The Presidential Task Force had made it mandatory for the returnees to pay for their bills during quarantine. Embarrassingly some Nigerian missions had put forth a notice requiring potential returnees to prepay for their hotel and feeding accommodation before being lifted home.

Recall that the Federal Government, in a statement, the Head of Chancery, Nigeria Mission in Thailand, Nicholas Uhomoibhi, dated May 14, 2020,  informed Nigerians stranded in Thailand to pay accommodation and feeding fees, amounting to  N297,000 to be used for a period of 16days, ahead of repatriation.

The decision of the NNPC and the CBN was revealed during the Monday daily briefing by the PTF.

Gushing on the development, the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on Monday in a tweet said:
“The NNPC and CBN have agreed to fund, as part of their CSR, the cost of quarantine accommodation and feeding for all Nigerians returning to the country from abroad, the Foreign Affairs’ Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has disclosed.” Ahmad tweeted.

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