The Federal Government has been commended for the prompt evacuation of all Nigerian nationals stranded in Sudan without the loss of any.
The Eagle Online recalls that the Federal Government through Egypt evacuated Nigerians fleeing war-ravaged Sudan.
Dr. Muhammad Kabir Adam, an Imam of the National Mosque, stated this when he led a delegation of Nigerian Sudan Students Alumni Association on a visit to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, in Abuja.
Dr. Adam stated: “Among Africa and non-African countries, Nigerians happened to be the
first to be fully evacuated from Sudan.
“Despite being scattered across Halfa, Aswan and even Ethiopia-Sudan borders, the Federal Government was able to bring them all back.”
He described their visit as a show of appreciation to the Nigerian Government for all efforts put in place to bring back the students safely and securely.
Dabiri-Erewa, who was awarded a medal of honour, said she is receiving it on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
According to her, the success of the evacuation is as a result of collaborative efforts among agencies of the Federal Government.
She said: “On the instruction of the president, a committee was set up which involved members from NEMA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Humanitarian Affairs, Refugee Commission, Immigration, and NiDCOM, among others who worked closely to bring Nigerians back home.
“The most important issue moving forward is what happens with the education of the returnee students.
“We have liaised with JAMB, Ministry of Education and even NYSC to wave some requirements so the students can proceed.”
She added that the Ministry of Education has been mandated to take up the issue.
Dabiri-Erewa appealed to all returnee students to follow all rules and regulations that will be rolled out by the Ministry of Education at various levels to ensure they complete their education.