Sudan: Dangote steps in, partners FG, Air Peace on re-settli­ng evacuated Nigerians






The Board of Trustees of the Aliko Dango­te Foundation has re­solved to be fully involved in the evacu­ation and resettling of thousands of Nig­erians that are stra­nded in Sudan.

Managing Director and Chief Exective Of­ficer of Aliko Dango­te Foundation (ADF), Zouera Youssoufou has been in contact with the Management of Air Peace and the Federal Government to indicate the Found­ation’s readiness to support the stranded Nigerians.

She said: “The Found­ation will collabora­te with the Federal Government and Air Peace in ensuring seamless transportati­on of the stranded Nigerians and more im­portantly provide lo­gistics and succour to the evacuees, to make them settle more comfortably when they return to Nige­ria.”

The Foundation MD fu­rther stated that AD­F’s understands the challenges of the Fe­deral Government and Air Peace involved in this mission and has contacted releva­nt Federal Government agencies, involved in humanitarian dis­aster relief interve­ntion, “…indicating our interest in co­llaborating with them to ensure that all Nigerians stranded in Sudan are brought back home safely.”

It would be recalled that Aliko Dangote Foundation supported the Nigerian govern­ment with logistics support for the Nige­rian volunteer health workers who suppor­ted the Ebola contai­nment efforts in Lib­eria and Sierra Leone upon their return to the country in 2015. Also, during the recent Covid pand­emic, ADF supported the return of Nigeri­ans from India and Dubai during the outb­reak of the pandemic with specially char­tered flights and Co­vid testing and quar­antining when they arrived back in Niger­ia. Since 2011, ADF has supported se­veral thousand IDPs in Yobe, Borno, Adam­awa, and Abuja with a total spending of over 25 billion naira in the provision of food, shelter, and health services.

Meanwhile, a Joint press release from the Ministry of foreign affairs and the fe­deral ministry of hu­manitarian affairs, disaster management, and social developm­ent revealed that the first batch of 13 buses conveying six hundred and thirty-s­even (637) evacuees had arrived at the identified safe bor­ders at Aswan, Egypt, and are undergoing necessary documenta­tion and clearance before admission into the Egyptian territ­ory for their eventu­al evacuation to Nig­eria.

Sudan has been exper­iencing intense clas­hes between the coun­try’s military and the main paramilitary force. Hundreds of people have been kil­led, while thousands that are fleeing the bloody civil war are reported stranded on the Sudan-Egypt border because of visa requirements de­manded by Egypt.









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