The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr Nasir Gwarzo, has commended the effort of technology firm, MTN Nigeria to help the returnees from Sudan to resettle in the country.
The telecommunications giant is offering N25,000 airtime and 1.5 GB data to 5000 returnees during this difficult time to provide relief and aid.
Speaking on Saturday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, the Minister noted that the actions of MTN Nigeria would “boost the morale of people who have gone through trauma,” adding that as they returned back home, “this kind of arrangement would make them feel loved, and cared for.”
“I want to say we are proud of MTN” noted Dr Gwarzo.
He also commenced the efforts of the MTN team on the ground at the airport handing out the dignity pack.
“All of you are young men and women like the people coming back, so continue your good work. Nigeria is a place we must improve. We see what can happen in a crisis, how a whole country can dismember in a short while. We should all pray that peace comes to Sudan and may war never come to Nigeria.”
Thousands of Nigerians are being evacuated from Sudan as a result of the ongoing crisis in the country. On Sunday, May 7, 2023, another set of 834 Nigerians stranded in conflict-ridden Sudan arrived the pilgrims terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The airport terminal witnessed a large turnout of parents, as well as relatives of the returnees, welcoming them with happiness.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, while receiving the returnees, said more stranded Nigerians would be back into the country in few days. He explained that three flights arrived the nation’s capital with a total of 834 returnees.
“As of this morning, we received three flights, Azman Air brought in 322 persons, Max Air brought in 410 persons, while Tarco Airline from Port Sudan came in with 102 persons, making a total of 834,” he said.