The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, received fresh batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 11:58pm in Lagos.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye in Lagos.
Mr Farinloye said the returnees arrived on a Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG and were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.
He said, “The programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
“The returnees include 77 male adults, 64 female adults, 11 male and 12 female child, five female infants and six male infants.”
He said two female returnees and two males returnees had medical issues. Mr. Farinloye enjoined the returnees to “turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.”
He said, “We admonished the returnees on the need to realize that there’s no country better than Nigeria.
“Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials. Looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality. Those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.
“You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitization against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.
“There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands.
“The returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.”