Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has approved 8.5 million dollars for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Ukraine.
This was approved by the Federal Executive Council Wednesday in Abuja approved (N3,535,150,000.00) to stimulate the immediate evacuation of 5,000 Nigerians from Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Zubairu Dada, divulged this to State House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Dada who spoke alongside the Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Sadiya Farouk, said the approval attended a joint memo presented by both ministries at the Council meeting.
According to him, the Federal Government has contracted Air Peace and Max Air airlines to avail three aircraft to enable the evacuation.
He said the evacuees include 940 from Romania, 150 from Slovakia, and 350 from Poland who has registered to leave.
On the amount approved, Dada explained that “The ministry of humanitarian affairs wrote a memo to the president striving funding to enable us to conduct this exercise.
The memo was to the tune of $8.5m which Mr. President has graciously approved. That provision entails an arrangement to evacuate no less than 5,000 Nigerians.