No fewer than 140 Nigerians stranded in Libya arrived Nigeria Tuesday night with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding by EU.
They arrived the Cargo Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 10:38 p.m.
The Assisted Voluntary Returnees consisted of 39 adult females and 8 female children along with 76 adult male and 17 male children arrived Nigeria aboard a Libya Airline.
This has brought the total number of those brought back to Nigeria from January 2018 till date to 4,123, and the total brought back since April 2017 till date to 11,833.
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The Acting Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Segun Afolayan, who received the returnees on behalf of Federal Government thanked the initiative of IOM in assisting the Nigerians back home and assured the UN body that the various federal agencies had benefitted in various ways since the MOU with body began since 2011.
He said that though the IOM had been partnering with NEMA long before that time, what had been achieved at all levels of contact had been a service to humanity.
He expressed gratitude over the service.
He said the feedback from the Migrants Resource Centres had been very positive and encouraging.
According to him, the recording of over 3,000 enquiries by prospective migrants and assistance given by the centres was very commendable.
It will be recalled that the IOM in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Labour have established a 3 Migrants Resource Centres in Abuja, Benin and Lagos.
The centres are opened for any intending migrants to access for enquiries on information about the prospective country of destination, the various job opportunities in the country, safest route and other important information would be provided to Nigerians who intend travel in regular process.