The Federal Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 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.
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 currently being done by foreign airlines.
He said, “This kind of responsibility is meant for Nigerian carriers. We have the capacity to carry it out. We have demonstrated the capacity to do it and we are honoured to have been appointed by the Federal Government through NEMA.”
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.
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-member fact-finding committee headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to aid the evacuation process of Nigerians in Libya.