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President of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says that “inter-agency disagreements” are to blame for the challenges faced in evacuating Nigerians from war-torn Sudan.
Mr. Gbajabiamila stated this in his speech to open the plenary session on Tuesday.
He noted that the challenges associated with the evacuation were “disagreements between commands and inter-agency disagreements arising from overlapping mandates created by the lack of established operational guidelines for these situations”.
“The House is aware of the ongoing difficulties with evacuation efforts and the federal government’s response to developments in the Republic of Sudan,” Gbajabiamila said.
To address the problem, Mr. Gbajabiamila directed the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, officials of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). House.
“I have asked the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to have the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) appear before the House to give an account of the status of the evacuation efforts,” he said.
He added that the Chamber will review the legal framework established by the agency to prevent future incidents.
“We need to further review the statutory and other frameworks that have apparently left us unprepared to respond quickly and effectively,” he said.
PREMIUM TIMES notify The Nigerian government on Wednesday began the first phase of evacuating its citizens from troubled Sudan by hiring 40 buses.
However, the arrival of the first batch of evacuees has been delayed due to logistical and diplomatic problems at the Egyptian border, NiDCOM Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said on Thursday.
The Nigerians reached the Egyptian border but were not allowed to enter Egypt by the authorities there.
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On Monday, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa announced that Nigeria had finally secured documents to enter Egypt for the evacuees following the direct intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.
All evacuees, more than 5,000 people mainly students, are expected to be flown from Egypt to Nigeria.
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