…with the support of Ministry of Education

Evacuees from Sudan have been assured of the continuation of their studies in Nigeria in their respective courses in Nigeria with the support of the Ministry of Education.

This was made known during the return of the fourth batch of evacuees from Sudan on Saturday 6th of May, 2023 at HAJJ Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

A statement signed by Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols, NIDCOM, Abuja, Abdur-Rahman Balogun (ARAB), said: “On continuation of their studies in Nigeria, the Committee assured them that there are plans to secure placement for them in their respective courses in Nigeria with the support of Ministry of Education. Most of the students interviewed regretted the war situation in Sudan and thanked the Federal Government of Nigeria for coming promptly to their rescue, pleading to hasten the evacuation of their colleagues still trapped in the War zone Sudan.”

The statement further says that the fourth batch of 131 evacuees comprising 123 adults and 8 infants aboard Tarco Aircraft: B737-300 from Port Sudan International Airport, arrived at 2.35 pm in Abuja.

Balogun said: “The Evacuees were assured that no Nigerian will be left behind in war-torn Sudan as President Muhammadu Buhari has given the committee the necessary support to bring back home any willing Nigerians.

“Another flight is expected on Sunday (today) and they are about to conclude all the necessary clearance for them to take off.

“Three evacuees sustained injuries and have been moved to the hospital. One has an injury in the hand while another one had abdominal pain. All of them have been stabilised.

“The committee reiterated that there is no ethnic segregation as being speculated in some quarters and the committee is intact and remains focused on its mandate.

“It was announced again that post-trauma counselling and psycho-social treatment is being planned by NIDCOM in conjunction with the Ministry of Health as well as the Refugees Commission in partnership with  Aliko Dangote Foundation.

“In line with the traditional support laid down, each of the returnees was given N100,000 and a bag courtesy of Dangote Foundation while MTN supported with a Sim pack and call credit of N25,000 as well as 1.5 G Data.

“Both NEMA and Refugees Commission provided those of them whose family are not in Abuja with transportation and hotel accommodation till they reunite with their respective families.”

Those who received them include Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, PS Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Sani Gwarzo, Representative of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Mustapha Habeeb, DG NEMA, Representative of Refugees Commissioner, Mrs Iman Ibrahim as well as other stakeholders who provided logistics support like Nigeria Immigration Service, Dangote Foundation, MTN and Hajia Asmau Yerima Mohammed representing Association of Parents and Guardian of Students in Sudan.

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