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FG Repatriates Another 493 Nigerians From Libya, Reveals Rehabilitation Plan

10 January 2018
FG Repatriates Another 493 Nigerians From Libya, Reveals Rehabilitation Plan

The delegation comprised of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday promised to rehabilitate Nigerian citizens who were evacuated from Libya.

The Nigerian Government has evacuated 493 Nigerians from the Libya.

Maihaja said this during a press briefing by the federal government's delegation.

Other members of the delegation include the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking Persons, Julie Okah-Donli and Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja.

All the returnees will be temporarily camped at a Reception Centre in Port Harcourt pending formal transfer to their states.

The flights will continue until all those wanting to return home have done so.

All the returnees were profiled at the designated booths at the airport.

He said that the reception centre was organised in such a way that the Ministry of Health provided facilities to look after those with health-related problems.

Babandede said that out of the number, 5,908 Nigerians were deported from Libya, 3,836 others were from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 6,643 from other countries.

The Nigerian mission in Libya is coordinating the identification of the Nigerian migrants with the support of the International Organization for Migration and are being joined by a technical team comprising representatives from NEMA, Immigration and other all relevant government agencies.

"On behalf of the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, I will like to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his team who worked tirelessly to make the return of our brothers and sisters home".

"Mr. President is determined to make the country better so that our youth will never want to leave this country to pass through what you have experienced,"Onyeama added. The central government recognized by the United Nations and AU does not have full control of the territories controlled by rebels", he said".

He said there are complaints about how some migrants in detention camps are being exploited by government officials for economic gains.

"We made it clear to the Libyan Government that we want to see all Nigerians there".

The returnees landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport at about 5.05pm into the waiting arms of Onyeama and other members of the delegation.

She said the rehabilitation period would last for six months during which the returnees would be trained on different skills acquisition and empowered with tools.