One cannot stop wondering how many Nigerians are trapped in foreign countries in their quest for greener pastures. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received a fresh batch of 164 Nigerians who failed to travel to Europe for greener pasture and got stranded in Libya.
Receiving the returnees, Ibrahim Farinloye, on behalf of the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of the agency, Alhaji Idris Muhammed, implored them to seize the fresh opportunity that they have in starting a positive and fruitful life within the abundant resources available in Nigeria.
“There’s nothing bad in the quest for improved and better in the world but the method and process in seeking greener pastures overseas are mostly wrong and entail avoidable risks.
“One will not appreciate the abundant resources God have endowed us with in Nigeria until you travel out.
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“All of you have gone and fortunately come back alive and you are at the best position to tell the story to those still aspiring to embark on such journey.
“We understand that many of you were deceived with very juicy opportunities overseas and these are mostly your close relatives.
“You need to assist the government to stem the menace of trafficking by giving information to government agencies who are going to protect your identity and safety.
“The traffickers are not ghosts, you know them and you need safe other youths from falling victims.”
The International Organisation for Migration facilitated their return with special funding by the European Union in an assisted voluntary returnees programme that would end in April 2020.
The returnees were brought back onboard Chartered Al Burag Airline Boeing 737-800 flight number 89 with registration number 5A-DMG
Farinloye said among the returnees were 71 female adults, 17 female children and 6 female infants.
“There are 55 male adults 13 male children and 2 male infants.