149 Nigerians Return From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received a fresh set of Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya.

According to reports about 149 Nigerians voluntarily returned. The returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. aboard a chartered flight operated by Buraq Airline with registration number 5A-DMG.

The aircraft landed at about 10:45 p.m. at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees comprised of 107 male adults, 37 female adults including a medical case, four female children and one female infant.

Mr Abrham Tamrat, the Programme Manager of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Lagos, handed the returnees over to Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, the South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA.

Suleiman thanked the IOM and the European Union (EU) for facilitating the repatriation of the Nigerians who had been stranded en route from Libya to Europe.

Yakubu admonished the returnees to shun the urge of seeking greener pastures outside the country.
He said that all nations in the world were facing various challenges as a result of global economic meltdown.

The coordinator said the Nigerian economy had exited recession due to the ingenuity of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, adding that they should join hand in building the country.

“Nigeria has more than enough resources to cater for our needs but it is left for every one of us to tap from any of these abundant resources,” Suleiman said.

He assured them that both the Federal and state governments had lots of incentives for their rehabilitation and reintegration to complement the efforts of EU and IOM.

Also speaking, Tamat said the IOM had assisted over 7,000 Nigerians back from Libya under the voluntary return assistance programme and would continue to assist persons who indicate interest to return.

The returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Police.

The telecommunications company, Airtel, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, also gave the returnees free mobile cellphones and sim cards to facilitate their reintegration.

 

Osun Govt Receives Fresh 13 Indigenes Evacuated From Libya

The state Government of Osun has received yet another set of 13 indigenes of the state that were evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government.

The government received the Libya returnees, comprising of five males, seven females and a three month old baby girl at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

Receiving the returnees, Director of Operation, Osun Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Akin Adetuberu, stated that the state government could not allow them to spend extra time at the airport because of its great concern about their welfare.

According to Adetuberu, 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.

The returnees were received in Osogbo by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Mudashiru Toogun who encouraged them to always take a legal and due process in looking for greener pasture within and outside Nigeria.

One of the returnees, Miss Fashola Moyosore, who claimed to be a native of Ile-Ife commended the state government for the prompt step taken to ensure their safe transportation back to Osun, maintaining that the gesture would be forever appreciated.

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.