March 31, 2023

The federal executive council on Wednesday in Abuja approved $8.5M to facilitate the immediate evacuation of 5,000 Nigerians from Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of state for foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Zubaik Dada to State House correspondent shortly after the Federal Executive council meeting presided over by the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dada spoke alongside the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, disaster management and Social, Devsadiya Farouk said the approval followed a joint memo presented by both ministries at the council meeting.

The federal government contracted Air Peace, Max airlines to avail three aircraft to facilitate the evacuation, according to him. He also said the evacuees includes 940 from Romaina,150 from Slovakia, and 350 from Poland who have registered to leave on the amount approved.

Dada explained “The ministry of humanitarian affairs wrote a memo to the president seeking funding to enable us to conduct this exercise. The memo was to the tune of $8.5m which Mr. President has graciously approved. That provision entails an arrangement to evacuate no less than 5,000 Nigerians. It also includes some assistance for the feeding that may have been done by the missions under whatever arrangements. Even the missions themselves are also in dire situations.

The evacuation flights begins today (Wednesday).

Marvelous Ogidi

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