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Sudan: Dangote supports Nigerian returnees with N100,000 each, Dignity Packs

*The Aliko Dangote Foundation restates the Board of Trustees of the Foundation has resolved to be ‘fully involved in the evacuation and resettling of thousands of Nigerians’ stranded in crisis-ridden Sudan

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with its earlier pledge to support their resettlement in Nigeria, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has commenced the disbursement of N100,000 and Dignity Packs to each of the Nigerian returnees from war-torn Sudan.

The Dangote Group, which  disclosed this development in a statement said the ADF gave out the money and Dignity Packs to the evacuees upon their arrival Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), in Abuja, FCT.

Cross-sections of Nigerian returnees, after their arrival at NAIA, Abuja, FCT

Dangote stated: “All the evacuees, irrespective of the number, will be given the sum of N100,000 and Dignity Packs each, by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), once they step into the country.”

Speaking in Abuja shortly after the arrival of the returnees to the West African country, Mrs. Maryam Buhari-Shehu, representing Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director of ADF, said the Board of Trustees of the Foundation had resolved to be fully involved in the evacuation and resettling of thousands of Nigerians that were stranded in Sudan.

Buhari-Shehu said that a total of 362 returnees, including children were registered by the ADF for the exercise on the first day, while 350 of them received the support.

She noted the intervention is in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria through its National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and Air Peace to provide succour to the returnees.

Mrs. Buhari-Shehu also stressed that ADF would continue to support the government in its humanitarian effort in this regard.

What some Nigerian evacuees say

Mr. Yusuf Bulama, one of the returnee students and a beneficiary of the ADF donation, said: “First and foremost, I want to thank Allah for bringing us back home safely.

“Second, I want to thank Alhaji Aliko Dangote for this huge intervention through the Aliko Dangote Foundation.”

Bulama added: “My message to Dangote is to pray that Allah continues to help him and support his numerous businesses.”

Miss Muneerah Abdul, another beneficiary of the ADF’s donation, also,  expressed appreciation, saying that N100, 000.00 for each student was a huge sum.

She prayed to Allah to continue to bless Alhaji Aliko Dangote, noted the ADF.

Foundation’s continued support to Nigerian Government

The statement as well recalled how Aliko Dangote Foundation supported the Nigerian Government with logistics support for the Nigerian volunteer health workers, who supported the Ebola containment efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone upon their return to the country in 2015.

Besides, during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it said the ADF supported the return of Nigerians from India and Dubai during the outbreak of the pandemic with specially chartered flights and Covid testing and quarantining when they arrived back in Nigeria.

According to the Foundation, since 2011, ADF has supported several thousands of IDPs in Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, and Abuja with over N25 billion in the provision of food, shelter, and health services.

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