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Dangote Foundation moves to assist Nigerians stranded in Sudan

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

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), Zouera Youssoufou, the Foundation has been in contact with the management of Air Peace and the Federal Government to indicate its readiness to support the stranded Nigerians.

“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 succor to the evacuees to make them settle more comfortably when they return to Nigeria,” Youssoufou said.

The Foundation CEO further stated that ADF understands the challenges of the Federal Government and Air Peace involvement in this mission and has contacted relevant 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.”

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It would be recalled that the 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 N25 billion 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 reportedly killed, while thousands who 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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