The Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency, has appointed Med-View Airline to evacuate 5,037 Nigerians from Libya.
The airline said an agreement to that effect was signed at NEMA headquarters in Abuja on Friday, December 29, 2017.
According to the terms of the agreement, the two organisations will facilitate smooth airlifting of Nigerians out of Libya.
Med-View’s Executive Director, Business Development and Commercial, Mr. Isiaq Na’Allah, who participated in the signing of the agreement, said Nigerian carriers had the capacity to participate in the exercise which was hither done by foreign airlines.
He said, “This kind of responsibility is meant for Nigerian carriers, because it our responsibility and we have the capacity to carry it out. We have demonstrated the capacity that we can do it and we are honoured to have been appointed by the Federal Government through NEMA.
“It is a known fact that Med-View Airline has been in operations for the past 10 years. We do Hajj operations and we do it successfully and the record is there for everybody to see, that is a factor I think the government considered before we were assigned this national project. We will deliver professionally up to international standards and the government is not making any mistake by entrusting a Nigerian carrier with this kind of project.”
Na’Allah; NEMA’s Director-General, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja; a Senior Legal Officer to NEMA, Fatima Bukar; and Med-View’s Corporate Affairs Officer, Johnson Omole, participated in the signing of the agreement.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently constituted a 17-man fact-finding committee headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to aid the evacuation process of Nigerians in Libya.
Members of the team include the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede; NEMA DG, Mustapha Maihaja; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa; the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli; and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouq, amongst others.
The airline said a reception centre had also been established in Port Harcourt to be managed by the zonal coordinator of NEMA, to receive the returnees.