There is a plan to rehabilitate 490 Nigerians who returned from Libya, a government official said on Sunday. 

Addressing reporters after some returnees landed at the Port Harcourt Airport in Rivers State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said resources have been made available by the President to ensure that returnees were evacuated as quickly as possible.

"The president had made provisions for every logistics to make sure that we bring you back from Libya," he told the returnees. 

The minister was accompanied by officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. 

Also with him were the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service and Senior Special Adviser to the President On Diaspora.

He said: “We negotiated with Libyan Government to make sure that you are here; we know that many of you were trafficked and passed through humiliation. 

“We are proud of you, you maintained your dignity despite all odds, we hope that one thing that you have learnt is that your life matters to Mr President and all Nigerians. 

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“You have come home; you will not be abandoned; there is a place and provision for you to be rehabilitated and be educated. We will also train you on skills to be empowered in your country”.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, told the returnees that as Nigerians they had right to travel to any part of the world. 

Babandede also stated that there were citizens of Nigeria who had good jobs and papers in Libya.

“There are Nigerians who have genuine papers in Libya. Not all Nigerians were in detention or in the camp. 

“So many of them have good jobs, so let Nigerians not think that Nigerians are committing crimes in Libya,” he said. 

According to Babandede, the Libyan Government renewed the passports of Nigerians doing good jobs in that country after negotiations.

He also urged Nigerians to explore legal means of travelling to any country of their choice. 

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The Secretary to the River State Government, Kenneth Kobani, also commended President Buhari for his effort to ensure that the suffering of Nigerians in Libya ends legitimately. 

Kobani, who represented Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, said that the State Government would collaborate with federal authorities to rehabilitate and empower the returnees.

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