Outrageous: Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria to pay between $700-$1000 for repatriation flight back home
London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria have been hit hard by their embassy in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory with unexpected bombshell regarding the cost of their repatriation home
And it is an unbelievable bombshell. Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria some of whom are already living on charity and benevolence of friends have been asked to pay between $700 to $1000 to be repatriated home amidst closed borders.
This will help facilitate their return home via a chartered flight, as announced by Ghana’s High Commission.
In a notice issued in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, May 29, 2020, the commission noted that the prohibitive cost was for a chartered flight with Africa World Airlines (AWA)
The cost, it stated, ranges from $800-1,000 for a flight from Abuja to Accra and $700-$900 from Lagos to Accra, all depending on the maximum number of passengers available.
Aside the cost, the passengers are also required to pay a mandatory cost of a 14-day quarantine before boarding.
If all works well, and payment made on time the flight is schedule for Tuesday 2nd June, 2020’.
Two Ghanaians who wouldn’t like to be identified and are affected by the exorbitant flight charge who spoke with Alternativeafrica.com from Lagos described the flight price as not only ridiculous, but laughable.
” This is an absolute joke. To pay almost a thousand dollars to fly about 45 minutes from Nigeria to Ghana. A confortable bus will cost less than $50 dollars from here. This is madness” One of them said
The second simply said he would rather remain in Nigeria under any condition than be a victim of “this open reap-off
The move is part of government’s efforts to repatriate stranded Ghanaians who were caught up with border closures at the peak of coronavirus pandemic from other countries.
The first batch of such people, about 200 Ghanaians arrived the country last week from Kuwait.