Osun Government Unites Libya Returnees With Family

Indigenes of the State of Osun who were recently evacuated by the state government have been united with their families.

The Osun indigenes Libya returnees were handed over to their various families in Osogbo, on Monday by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Mudasiru Toogun.

A sum of N10, 000 was given to each of the returnee by the government.

The returnees who include nine females, a young man and a five month old baby, arrived Nigeria previous Friday and were received at the Hajj Camp, Port Harcourt International Airport.

They were camped in Osogbo and taken care of by the government.

Speaking at the farewell ceremony, Toogun commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his timely response for the evacuation of the returnees to Osun, stating that the governor is always concerned about the plight of Osun indigenes within and outside the country.

Toogun appreciated Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ministries of Special Duties, Youth and Special Needs, Heath, Osun State Police Command and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for their various contribution to the welfare and security actions on the Libya returnees.

He urged the Osun Libya returnees to comport themselves and behave well in the society, just as he appealed to their relatives to embrace and accord them with love, care and affection.

In his remarks, the General Manager of OSEMA, Mr Olanipekun Olarewaju lauded the state government for the hospitality accorded the returnees since their arrival to the time of their departure.

The returnees appreciated the state government for the welfare packages provided them, and the good hospitality they received since their arrival.

One of the parents of the returnees who pleaded anonymity appreciated the state government for the hospitality and care bestowed on their children and urged the government not to relent in its effort s to re-integrate them into the society to become responsible citizens.

Special Duties Commissioner Charges Libyan Returnees

By Sola Jacobs

Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Mudasiru Toogun has charged the Libyan returnees who are indigenes of Osun to see their return as an opportunity to renew their strength and energy towards the development of their fatherland.

Toogun made this remark while addressing the returnees at the Heritage Hotel, Osogbo where they were lodged after the State of Osun Emergency Agency (OSEMA) had brought them from Rivers State in the early hours of Saturday.

He congratulated the nine returnees with a five months old baby on their safe return despite the inhuman treatment against them in Libya.

He said the report and visuals on social media revealed how fellow Africans are maimed, battered and killed by other Africans in their land.

The Commissioner said Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is passionate about the welfare of the citizenry both at home and in diaspora hence the reason why he ordered OSEMA to bring Osun indigenes back home.

He then assured them that the greener pastures they were looking for in the hostile country would be available to them in their State with the enabling socio-economic environment that has been provided by Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration, charging them to avail themselves with the golden opportunities that abound in the State.

In their response, the returnees who comprised of eight females and a young man with five months baby thanked the state government for the welfare package provided for them and especially for turning around the state in all ways.

Meanwhile, another set of Libya returnees are expected before the end of the month.

Osun Govt Receives 11 Libya Returnees, As NEMA Commends Aregbesola

The State Government of Osun has received 11 indigenes of the state that were evacuated from Libya by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) and security agents.

The returnees arrived Nigeria on Friday and were received at the Hajj Camp, Port Harcourt International Airport.

Speaking with newsmen on Monday in Osogbo, the Director of Operation, of State of Osun Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Akin Adetuberu said the returnees included nine women, two men, a lady and a three-month old baby boy.

The returnees were conveyed to Osogbo in a 32-seater Coaster bus, according to Adetuberu.

He stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is always concerned about the plight of Osun indigenes within and outside the country, just as he commended the governor for his timely response on the transportation of the returnees to Osun.

He advised that anybody seeking a better job outside Nigeria should follow due process, disclosing that the Osun indigene Libya returnees faced a lot of hardship in the land because they lack the necessary travelling papers.

In his remarks, Assistant Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Tickman Tanimu lauded Aregbesola for attending to the immediate needs of the evacuated Osun indigene in Libya.

One of the returnees, Mrs Jimoh Aisha, who claimed to hail from Ikirun appreciated Aregbesola for the fatherly role played for her and other returnees by sending government officials to bring them back home amidst all odds.

She promised that the memory of this goodwill of the state Governor shall continue to be evergreen in their lives.

The Commissioner for Sports, Special Needs and Social Intervention, Comrade Biyi Odunlade who received the returnees in Osogbo on Saturday morning, said the government has camped the returnees and attending to their welfare.

Odunlade said the state government was profiling the returnees for proper documentation and further necessary action.