The total number of stranded Nigerians repatriated back from Libya so far is 12,574.
The Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, Mallam Idris Muhammed, made this known when he received 174 newly repatriated Assisted Voluntary Returnees from Libya.
He said over 4,900 of the returnees had been trained on various skill acquisition and empowerment training by IOM through special funding facilitated by the European Union.
He also said most of them had set up various businesses in their choice of occupation.
He explained that the Thursday flight was the 64th since the Programme of Assisted Voluntary Returnees initiated by EU but being implemented by IOM started in April, 2017.
The returnees were brought back aboard Al Buraq Airline in Boeing 737-800 aircraft with flight number UZ 389-390 and registration number 5A-DMG from Sebha City.
They arrived Cargo Wing of MMIA, Ikeja, Nigeria at about 9:45 p.m.
Details on the new returnees indicated that 62 adult female, 11 female children and 11 female infants made the total of 84 females.
The males, he said, were composed of 74 male adults, 12 male children and 4 male infants making a total of 90 males that were brought back.
Whilst addressing the returnees on arrival, the coordinator assured all them and those that had been brought earlier of Federal Government’s readiness to continue supporting and collaborating with other department partners in providing enabling environment for the realisation of potentials of all the youths in the country.
He empahsised that government would continue to strengthen her assistance to state and local government authorities in rehabilitating the returnees into their communities.