NEMA receives 105 stranded Nigerians from Chad

NEMA receives 105 stranded Nigerians from Chad

By Bosede Olufunmi, Kano.

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 105 Nigerians, hitherto stranded in Chad, at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.

 

Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, Coordinator, NEMA Kano Territorial Office, made this known while receiving the returnees from Chad in Kano.

 

He said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the International Wing of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 10 p.m. with Boeing 737-7k9 ASKY Airlines, operated by Ethiopian airlines KP9401 with registration number ET-ANH.

 

“The returnees were brought back to Kano under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from N’djamena through a voluntary repatriation programme.

 

“The programme is meant for distressed Nigerians, who left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries, but cannot afford to return when their journey became frustrated,” he said.

 

Abdullahi said that the returnees were made up of 24 male adults, 23 female adults and 58 children.

“The returnees are from Katsina, Kano, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Taraba states, among others.

 

“They will be undergoing a four-day vocational skills training and will be provided with capital to enable them set up their businesses and become self-reliant,” he said.

 

He advised the returnees to be advocates of the campaign against irregular migration.

 

The coordinator also called on Nigerians to stop endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, adding that no country could be better than their country, Nigeria.

 

Abdullahi noted that NEMA, between May and October 2022, received 560 stranded Nigerians from Agadas in Niger Republic and Khartoum in Sudan, adding that they were trained in various skills.

 

Recounting her ordeal, a returnee, Fanne Abba, who is a mother of two from Borno, said that she travelled to Chad about three years ago to seek for greener pasture, with her two kids.

 

“There was no peace in my village, Gambarun Gana; Boko Haram did not let us to stay peacefully because everyone was scared, so I travelled to Chad thinking things would be better.

 

“I did dry cleaning service with other home service jobs there but things were no longer easy. I decided to come back home,” she said.

 

Another returnee, Aminu Musa, from Kano State, said that he travelled to Libya to look for greener pastures because of his father’s death and his sick mother could not cater for the family.

 

“My father died three years ago and things were bad for our family.

 

“During my stay in Libya for two years, my friend was kidnapped there,” he recalled.

 

Officials of Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, Nigerian Red Cross and Department for State Services (DSS) were on hand at the airport to receive and screen the returnees.

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