NEMA urges state govts to rehabilitate Libya returnees

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged state governments to facilitate the rehabilitation of their indigenes/residents, who returned from Libya.

The Director-General, NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made the call in Lagos on Tuesday while receiving 142 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya.

Highlights: Represented by Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, NEMA’s South-West Zonal Coordinator, Maihajja stressed the need for every state to complement the efforts being made at the national and international levels to rehabilitate the returnees.

The director-general, who noted that Edo and Osun had keyed into such the rehabilitation programme, called on more states to emulate them by offering assistance to the returnees from their states.

Maihajja applauded the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) for facilitating the repatriation of the returnees and also providing assistance for their rehabilitation.

The returnees, 52 adult females, 86 adult males, two children and two infants arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 11.25 p.m.

The first batch of 245 returnees had earlier arrived at about 8.25 p.m at the airport.

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

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