Russia-Ukraine War:  FG to evacuate stranded Nigerians with $8.5m

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The Federal Executive Council has approved $8.5m (N3,535,150,000.00) to facilitate 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, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dada said the approval followed a joint memo presented by both ministries at the Council meeting.

The minister said the Federal Government has contracted Air Peace and Max Air airlines to avail three aircraft to facilitate the evacuation.

“The ministry of humanitarian affairs wrote a memo to the president seeking 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” he explained when asked about the financial implication for the exercise.

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