- NEMA has received a fresh batch of 193 stranded Nigerians from Libya
- The returnees arrived at the MMIA Cargo Wing by 8.32pm on Friday, December 7
- They were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration under its assisted voluntary return programme
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday, December 7, received another batch of 193 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Segun Afolayan, acting zonal coordinator, NEMA, south west zone, confirmed the development to newsmen.
Afolayan said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8.32pm aboard a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft with registration number UZ 189.
He said the returnees were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.
Afolayan said the returnees comprised 81 female adults, one female child and 14 female infants. He said they also included 87 male adults, five male children and five male infants. He urged Nigerians to stop stigmatising returnees who went outside the country in search of greener pastures.
According to him, “It is a right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfillment of the rights are the ones in contention.
“Many of these innocent victims are not aware of the dangers on the means and the routes of the journey. They fall easily to the deceitful and deceptive promises of better life outside the country.
“Nigerians need to accept the challenges of the menace of irregular migration as evil and inhuman and all hands must be on deck to save our innocent youths from embarking on such perilous journeys henceforth.”
He advised the returnees to remain positive and undaunted by their unfortunate experiences in the volatile North African country, adding that they should be focused on how to improve their lives in Nigeria.
According to him, the federal government, IOM and the European Union have been providing opportunities for the returnees through various skills acquisition programmes.
Afolayan, therefore, appealed to the private sector to assist the government in the reintegration of the returnees to make them more productive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the National Emergency Management Agency announced that it has received another batch of 174 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 1.10am.
They were brought back in an Al Buraq Airlines Boeing 737-8000 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.
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