According to the National Emergeny management Agency (NEMA), the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme which commenced in April 2017 has so far returned 12574 Nigerians from Libya.
This disclosure was made by the Coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Malam Idris Muhammed while receiving a new batch of 174 Nigerians (Libyan Returnees) who just arrived the country from Libya on Thursday night.
Muhammed heaped praises on the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) for the important roles they played in facilitating the return of stranded Nigerians in the war torn and volatile North African Country.
The NEMA Coordinator disclosed that over 4900 of the Libyan returnees have been trained by the IOM on various skill acquisition and empowerment as a result of special funding by the EU.
According to Muhammed, as a result of this training, most of the Libyan returnees have started business in their choice occupations and are in addition contributing their own quota towards national development.
He assured the returnees of Federal Government’s determination and readiness in providing enabling environment for young Nigerians to achieve their dreams through the support and collaboration of other development partners.
The returnees who were brought back aboard an Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-800 aircraft with flight number UZ 389-390 and registration number 5A-DMG, and it was the 64th flight facilitated by the IOM and EU.
A breakdown of the Libyan returnees shows 84 females ( 62 adults, 11 children and 11 infants) and 90 males ( 74 males, 12 children and four infants ).