The Federal Authorities of Nigeria efficiently operated the final repatriation flight from Sudan on Saturday, Might 13. The flight introduced again that final group of Nigerians fleeing the unrest within the North African nation.
The ultimate flight, operated by Tarco Aviation, arrived at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport (ABV) with 147 returnees, whereas an earlier flight had landed with 125 passengers. This implies the federal government and varied personal sector stakeholders have coordinated properly in rescuing their residents from war-torn Sudan.
Each Nigerian returns dwelling
All fleeing Nigerians have returned dwelling, fulfilling President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive of not leaving any Nigerian behind. The final group was obtained on the airport by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement (FMHADMSD) consultant.
The returnees have been additionally welcomed by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MFA) and different authorities officers from the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA), the Nationwide Fee for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI), and Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NiDCOM), to say just a few.
Though the emergency evacuation mission has been accomplished, a mop-up train shall be run for different Nigerians who want to return dwelling hereafter. It has been a troublesome three weeks for foreigners in Sudan, and through this essential operation, not a single Nigerian life was misplaced.
Abstract of repatriation flights
Sudan is Africa’s third-largest nation, measuring about 718,723 sq mi (1.86 million sq km). The battle is principally within the capital, so airways have averted flights to and from Khartoum Worldwide Airport (KRT). Overseas nationals have been rescued from varied exit factors, together with Port Sudan and Aswan, Egypt.
On this two-week rescue mission,15 flights have been operated by the federal government and personal airways to fly 2,518 Nigerians dwelling. Exactly 1,100 residents have been airlifted from Aswan, whereas 1,418 have been airlifted from Port Sudan to Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe.
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The Federal authorities has expressed appreciation for all personnel deployed through the rescue missions. Particular thanks got to the NAF C130 crew, NAF Hospital O63 officers and airmen, the Nigerian Police Pressure, and Nigerian Safety & Civil Protection Corp Catastrophe Response Items.
Particular appreciation was additionally given to different state and personal organizations, together with MOH Port Well being officers, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Air Peace, Azman Air, Max Air, Sudan-based Tarco Aviation, the Dangote Group, MTN, and the media.
The position of privately-owned airways
Nigeria’s personal airways performed a pivotal position in efficiently returning their fellow nationals dwelling. On Might 3, Air Peace flew 277 Nigerians from Aswan to Abuja. The flight arrived simply earlier than midnight and was operated on the airline’s Boeing 777 plane.
Photograph: Air Peace
On Might 7, Max Air evacuated 410 Nigerians from Aswan, Egypt. The flight rescued college students who had been stranded in Egypt after fleeing Sudan. The airline is blissful to have performed an necessary position in reuniting the scholars with their households.
On the identical day, AzmanAir landed on the Abuja airport with 327 Nigerians rescued from Aswan. The airline operated this evacuation flight on the Airbus A340-600 and was proud to fly the flag excessive once more.
Sudanese Tarco Aviation and the Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) operated the remainder of the flights. Tarco Aviation evacuated 1,418 Nigerians from Port Sudan. The airline is among the largest in Sudan and performed a big position in returning international nationals dwelling.