Another 193 Nigerians Return From Libya
Another set of Nigerians, 193 of them, have returned from Libya as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) give lee-way for people willing to return.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received the returnees at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8.32pm on Thursday.
It was a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft, with registration number UZ 189.
The Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, Mr Segun Afolayan, confirmed the development to the reporters on Friday in Lagos.
Afolayan said the returnees were assisted back home by the IOM under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.
According to him, the returnees comprised 81 female adults, one female child and 14 female infants.
Among the returnees are 87 male adults, five male children and five male infants.
Afolayan emphasised the need for Nigerians to stop stigmatising returnees who went outside the country in search of greener pastures.
“It is a right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfilment 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 said.
Afolayan further 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, but he now wants the private sector to assist the government in the reintegration of the returnees to make them more productive.
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