More Than 975 Nigerians Deported From Libya in 5 Weeks
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya who were assisted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) bringing the total number of stranded Nigerians brought back to the country to 975 in the last 5 weeks.
The flight Boeing 737-800 with Registration number 5A-DMG arrived MMIA at 6:35 p.m. There were 29 adult females, 115 adult males and 5 children.
Represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the Agency, Alh. Suleiman Yakubu, the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihajja has praised Edo State efforts at curtailing the menace of illegal Migration of the youths in various ways which included Reintegration of the Returnees by empowering them to utilise their acquired skills and those willing to further their studies are being encouraged.
The DG particularly praised the advocacy, sensitisation and enlightenment programmes to discourage parents, guardians and youths from embarking on the deadly journeys with the setting up of a special task force that has mandates to tackle the problem.
The NEMA boss has implored Nigerians to note that Edo State should not be stigmatised on this problem as many Returnees are noted to be springing up from many South Western states . He asked parents to discourage youths from travelling out of the country as the only option to get better life.
Other Agencies that supported NEMA were Edo State Government Task Force Against Human Trafficking, NAPTIP, FAAN and the Nigerian Police.