- Not less than 188 Nigerians have been voluntarily evacuated from South Africa following increased xenophobic attacks
- The returnees, according the federal government, will be catered for with small businesses through which they can earn a living
- This was revealed on Wednesday, September 11, by the head of the Nigerians in Diaspora commission, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa
As 188 Nigerians successfully evacuate South Africa in the wake of rampant xenophobic attacks, the federal government has revealed it plans for their rehabilitation.
The returnees who left the OR Tambo International Airport on board an Air Peace Flight MEN 2795, are expected in Nigeria any time soon, although some Nigerians were detained by the South African immigration service over alleged insufficient travel papers, Channels TV reports.
Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the head of the Nigerians in Diaspora commission, informed journalists that the federal government has arranged means through which the returnees will locate and connect with their various families, such as SIM cards and airtime that could last for about two months.
Dabiri also said that the federal government through the commission will provide start-up businesses and entrepreneurship programme for them.
She said: “The bank of industry will also be here to offer some entrepreneurship programme and some support to start a small business and there would be some stipends for transportation to take you home and we will profile them and for those who want to get any training, they will decide what kind of training they want to do and the bank of industry will be there to provide it.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that South African authorities were arresting some Nigerians who were set to return home following increased xenophobic attacks against them.
This was as sources in the Nigerian high commission on Wednesday, September 11, reported that officials of the South African immigration service in Johannesburg were accusing returning Nigerians of travelling without necessary papers.
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