- Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu has presented cash gift of N100,000 each to South Africa returnees of Ondo state origin
- The governor made the kind gesture on Saturday, October 6, when the returnees visited the government house
- Akeredolu condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals residing in South Africa by South Africans
- The governor says the state government is ready to assist the returnees in settling down in their various communities and ameliorating their present conditions
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has presented South Africa returnees of Ondo state origin with cash gift of N100,000 each as part of the measures to resettle them in their various communities.
Akeredolu, who presented the cash gifts to the returnees on Saturday, October 6, also promised to give necessary support and provide an enabling environment for them to start a new life, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who received the returnees at the government house.
Akeredolu condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa by South Africans, describing the attacks as barbaric.
The governor advised the returnees not to be discouraged by what had happened to them but be ready to start a new life.
Akeredolu said his administration has provided various windows of opportunities including youths and women empowerment, agricultural, entrepreneurship programmes among several others.
He said his administration is ready to assist the returnees in settling down in their various communities and ameliorating their present conditions.
Akeredolu also charged the returnees not to be hostile with any foreigners around them so that African countries could be a better place for all.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the upper legislative chamber, urged the federal government not to give returnees from South Africa Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s N10,000 TraderMoni.
Sani made the call following persistent xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
In a tweet released on his Twitter handle, @ShehuSani, the former lawmaker urged the government to give “reasonable support” to Nigerians who had decided to return home.
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