116 stranded Nigerians arrive from Libya


Posted by Sade Williams


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received a fresh batch of 116 stranded Nigerians repatriated from Libya by IOM.


While receiving the Assisted Voluntary Returnees who had tried to proceed to Europe enroute Libya, Mr. Segun Afolayan, the Acting Coordinator, NEMA South West Zone, welcomed the Returnees back.


The Returnees comprised of 53 females and 63 males. Amongst who are 46 adult females, 2 female children and 5 female infants with 56 male adults, 6 male children and 8 male infants.


They were aboard Al Buraq Airlines with flight number UZ 489 that arrived MMIA cargo Wing around 12:40 a. M. today.


While advising the Returnees to discourage irregular migration6, Afolayan stated that migration is a fundamental right of every human being but when a man embarks on irregular journey violating the laws of other nations by not following the regular means of migration, the country of destination may apply the nation’s laws to handle such.


To end this exposure of such irregular migration, the Acting Zonal Coordinator revealed that Nigerians who wish to migrate can now visit the Migrant Resource Centre opened by IOM in conjunction with the Federal Government.


The Centres located at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment offices at Benin, Lagos and Abuja.


According to Afolayan “The Centres are opened to all Nigerians who wish to travel outside the country. They can access detailed information on their intended country of destination.”


“Such information as the types of employment and educational opportunities, counseling on the right and safe routes to travel, the security level of the expected country as well as skill acquisition to whoever approach any of the centres in the country.”


” This centres are created to stem the gaps of inadequate information that many Returnees have been complaining about”

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