Nigerians in Sudan said only 15 out of the 40 buses required for the evacuation of Nigerian students in the ongoing conflict in Sudan has been provided on Wednesday to evacuate 2,400 students from the country.
The evacuation exercise by the Federal Government so far has been tagged slow, since Nigerians in the country became stranded.
Sources revealed that, only 10 buses were available as of Wednesday morning, while additional five buses were provided later in the day after the Federal Government hired 40 buses for the repatriation of the citizens from Khartoum and other cities to Egypt.
This development occurred as the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Geoffrey Onyeama claimed the Federal Government had been charged $1.2m for the evacuation of Nigerian nationals out of Sudan.
On the reasons for the cost, he cited insecurity in Sudan for the high cost of evacuating Nigerians from Sudan.
According to the government, it was confirmed on Tuesday that the evacuation of about 5,500 Nigerians, including students stranded in Sudan would commence on Wednesday.
In response to the repatriation responsibility, the government through the National Emergency Management Agency Tuesday released N150m for hiring the buses that would convey the citizens from Sudan to Cairo in Egypt.