Nigerian evacuees from Sudan on Thursday receive the sum of N100,000 each upon their return to the country.
Additional to this is N25,000 worth of recharge cards and 1.5 Gigabytes of data.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed these at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday morning.
We gathered that on Wednesday night returnees arrived in the country around 11:35 pm on Wednesday while more are still expected in the country.
Farouq stated that the cash and other gifts given to the returnees were done to make them comfortable as they return to the country.
She said, “Today, we are very happy to receive them. They have gone through a very traumatic period but we give thanks to Almighty Allah that all of them are back safely. No life was lost which is the most important thing. All the efforts put in place were not in vain. I thank every member of the Committee that has put all efforts to ensure that these people are brought back safely and with dignity. We thank the transport companies for their support.
“There is N100,000 that would transport them back to their families which is supported by the Dangote Foundation by giving them the transportation fare as well as the dignity kits and also 25,000 recharge cards from MTN and 1.5 GB data courtesy of MTN. All efforts have been put in place and everyone has contributed to ensuring that at least these Nigerians have some comfort when they return home.”
Our correspondents observed that the returnees were handed the N100,000 cash and the dignity kits at the airport after putting down their information.
Giving the details on the returnees, she said a total of 376 persons arrived in the country from Eygpt.
She said the Air Peace aircraft conveyed 282 persons while that of the Nigeria Air Force evacuated 94.