One hundred and Fourty-nine more Nigerians have returned from Libya after they were stranded, making a total of 975 returnees to the country in the last 5 weeks, FELLOW PRESS learnt.
The were received by the National Emergency Management Agency in Lagos on Monday after Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Registration Number 5A-DMG landed Murtala Muhammadu International Airport, at 6:35pm.
The returnees who were assisted by the International Organisation for Migration consisted of 115 males, 29 females and 5 children.
Receiving the returnees, the Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, lauded the efforts of the Edo State Government at curtailing illegal migration of youths.
Maihajja, who was represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, said the state had put various schemes in place to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees.
He advised the returnees to take advantage of these programmes to acquire vocational skills or further their education in order to enable them to contribute their quota to national development.
The DG particularly commended the advocacy, sensitisation and enlightenment programmes that discourage parents, guardians and youths from embarking on deadly journeys.
Mr. Maihajja noted that a special task force has been set up with the mandate to address the incidence of such deadly journeys.