Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The federal government has evacuated 72 stranded Nigerian ladies from Lebanon.
The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ferdinand Nwoye, said in a statement yesterday that the stranded Nigerian ladies arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on a special Middle East Airlines flight at 4p.m yesterday.
He added that the repatriation was facilitated by the Embassy of Nigeria in Beirut, Lebanon in collaboration with the Lebanese Embassy in Abuja.
Nwoye said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that 72 Nigerian ladies that were part of a group of Nigerians stranded in Lebanon arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on a special Middle East Airlines flight earlier today at 4pm.
“The highly elated ladies were received on arrival by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and after necessary documentation, were later handed over to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and NAPTIP for the needed reintegration process.”
The federal government commended the Lebanese community for offering to pay the air tickets of the stranded Nigerians, which it said attests to the positive relationship between the governments and people of both countries.