Libya returnees at the Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 159 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The Director-General of NEMA, Yinusa Maihajja, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, NEMA, Nura Bappa, made the disclosure while receiving the returnees on Thursday.

Advertise With Us

Maihajja says a total of 13,407 Nigerians have so far returned from Libya under the Voluntary Assisted Returnees Programme which began in April 2017.

He said the Nigerians were assisted back from the volatile North African country by the European Union (EU) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Maihajja revealed that the IOM and EU had jointly assisted in training 6,950 returnees in various businesses aimed at fully reintegrating them back to the society.

He said the new batch of returnees had arrived the Cargo Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos aboard a chartered Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG at about 7.20 pm on Wednesday.

Maihajja said they comprised 33 female adults, two female children and five female infants as well as 115 male adults, four male children and seven male infants.

The NEMA boss disclosed that among the women were 12 nursing mothers and four pregnant women.

Maihajja, while welcoming them, implored them to look at their experiences as a positive turning point to forge ahead with their lives.

He said: “It is normal for humans to seek for better life, but this your sojourn has turned bad. You should not let the experiences over there dampen your bright future.

“It is normal for human beings to face challenges, but the way we handle or treat the challenges will determine the outcome.

“If you put these experiences in the dustbins of the past and with determination to be successful in your new endeavours, I assure you, success awaits every one of you.”