The federal government has released a schedule for the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa following the recent xenophobic attacks.
Newspeakonline recalls that Nigerian airline, Air Peace, had offered to evacuate Nigerians willing to leave South Africa as diplomatic tensions rise over the xenophobic attacks that claimed the lives of three foreigners while shops belonging to Nigerians and other foreigners were massively destroyed and looted.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday said evacuation is scheduled to commence on Saturday, September 7, barring any last minute hiccups.
According to the statement, the airlifting would be done by Air Peace, who offered to bring the citizens home as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities(CSR).
The ministry advised Nigerians willing to return home to register with the Consulate General and the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.
It said the registration can also be done with the leaders of Nigerian Citizen Association South Africa (NICASA).
It gave details of NICASA leaders as follows;
i) NICASA- Prince Ben Okoli( president) -0748016289
ii) Igwe Mpumalanga-Igwe Obinna-0748016289
iii) NICASA-Kwazulu Natal – 0739882914
iv)Jonas Udeyi ( Onuwo Igbo)- 08372999974
iv) CANSAF – Archbishop Benson Uhwa-0847330718
v) NPASA-Bishop Ranti Famodun-0807306702
vi)Ohanieze Ndigbo (PRO)- 0834210891
vii) Nigerian Doctors Forum- Dr. Emeka Ugwa-0727534901
viii) Nigerian Women Association – Mrs Ify Ezeana- 0739220555.
The statement asked the willing returnees to provide details of the following:
i) Full names
ii) Village/LGA/State of Origin
iii) Contact Address in Nigeria
iv) Next of Kin
v) Contact Telephone Number
vi) Copy of Passport or any ID if any
vii) Two (2) Passport Photographs
It however added hat those who do not have any means of Identification would also be evacuated.