NEMA Receives Another Batch 193 Nigerians Stranded In Libya
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 193 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The development was confirmed in Lagos to newsmen on Friday 7th December by Mr Segun Afolayan, who is the Acting Zonal Coordinator for the Agency in the South West.
According to Afolayan , the affected Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8.32pm on Thursday aboard a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft with registration number UZ 189.
Their return was said to be made possible with help of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme. They are 81 adult female, 14 female infants, and 1 female child. Others are 87 adult male, 5 male children and 5 male infants.
He further urged Nigerians not to stigmatize those returnees when outside the country to seek for greener pastures.
His words: “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 look to look back on how they can improve the country instead of travelling outside to involve themselves on greater risk.
According to him, the Federal Government, IOM and the European Union have been providing opportunities for the returnees through various skills acquisition programmes.
Afolayan, appeal to the private sector to assist government in integrating the returnees to enable them have a decent living