How Aliko Dangote Foundation Will Support Stranded Nigerians in Sudan
The private charitable foundation of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, The Aliko Dangote Foundation has promised to offer support in the evacuation and resettlement of the many Nigerians stranded in Sudan.
This development comes on the heels of escalating clashes in Sudan, where the military and the main paramilitary force have been engaged in intense conflict. Reports say the violence has claimed hundreds of lives, and many more are currently stranded on the Sudan-Egypt border due to Egypt’s visa requirements.
Newsmen gathered that the managing director and CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, has been in communication with the management of Air Peace and the Federal Government regarding the Foundation’s willingness to provide aid to stranded Nigerians.
Reacting to the development, Zouera said, “The foundation will collaborate with the federal government and Air Peace in ensuring seamless transportation of the stranded Nigerians and more importantly provide logistics and succor to the evacuees, to make them settle more comfortably when they return to Nigeria.”
The CEO explained that the foundation is aware of the challenges faced by the Nigerian government and Air Peace in carrying out their mission to bring stranded Nigerians back home from Sudan.
She further hinted that the foundation has reached out to relevant government agencies involved in humanitarian disaster relief interventions, expressing their eagerness to collaborate and ensure the safe return of all stranded Nigerians.
Aliko Dangote Foundation: A humanitarian force
Over the years, the Aliko Dangote Foundation has been involved in humanitarian activities in Nigeria and across Africa. According to reports, the foundation organised specially chartered flights to bring stranded Nigerians back from India and Dubai during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also ensured that returnees were tested and quarantined upon their return to Nigeria.
Moreso, the foundation has actively supported internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North Eastern part of Nigeria since 2011, providing essential services such as food, shelter, and healthcare to several thousand IDPs.
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