How we plan to support returnees from South Africa-Abike Dabiri
London, Sep 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has given an assurance that the government would support Nigerians who are being evacuated back to the country from South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks.
The first batch of returnees numbering about 187 arrived Nigeria late on Wednesday aboard Air Peace Airline after an eight-hour delay.
The returnees included adults, children and infants, who expressed joy on returning home safely and sang the Nigerian National Anthem.
They were received by the Chairman of Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Air Peace Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema, and the representatives of government which included the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
On arrival, Dabiri said the Federal Government would carry out profiling of the returnees and keep an open line of communication with them for about two months for reintegration.
According to her, immediately they arrive, they would each be given sim cards and airtime that would last almost two months to help them stay in touch with their families.
“The bank of industry will also be here to offer some entrepreneurship programme and some support to start a small business and there would be some stipends for transportation to take you home and we will profile them and for those who want to get any training, they will decide what kind of training they want to do and the Bank of industry will be there to provide it,” Dabiri said.
More names remain on the voluntary evacuation list and hopefully, a second flight will be arriving in Johannesburg to fetch them.