The Aliko Dangote Foundation’s Board of Trustees has made a decision to take an active role in the evacuation and resettlement of Nigerian citizens who are currently stranded in Sudan.
The foundation’s Managing Director and CEO, Zouera Youssoufou, has been in communication with both Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, and the Federal Government to express the foundation’s willingness to provide assistance to the affected Nigerians.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation is committed to supporting the repatriation efforts and ensuring that the stranded Nigerians are resettled safely and comfortably back in Nigeria.
With this resolution, the foundation is taking a proactive step to assist fellow citizens who are in distress and to provide them with the necessary support to return home and rebuild their lives.
In her word: “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.”
The Foundation MD further stated that ADF 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.”
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has a history of providing logistical support to the Nigerian government during times of crisis. In 2015, the foundation supported Nigerian volunteer health workers who assisted in the containment of Ebola in Sierra Leon and Liberia upon their return to Nigeria.
Additionally, during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the foundation provided assistance in the safe return of Nigerians from India and Dubai through specially chartered flights, Covid-19 testing, and quarantine services upon their arrival in Nigeria.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has been actively supporting thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various regions of Nigeria since 2011. The foundation has provided vital services such as food, shelter, and healthcare to IDPs in Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, and Abuja, with an expenditure exceeding 25 billion naira. The foundation’s commitment to providing aid and support to fellow Nigerians during times of crisis remains unwavering.
In related news, a joint press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has confirmed that the first batch of 637 evacuees has arrived at safe borders in Aswan, Egypt, in buses provided for by the government.
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