The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 144 stranded Nigerians from Niamey in Niger Republic.
NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office, Nuradeen Abdullahi, disclosed this while receiving the returnees at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano State.
He said that the returnees were brought back under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Niamey through a voluntary repatriation programme.
According to him, “The returnees were transported into Nigeria by SKY MALI Airlines, operated by Ethiopian airline B737-400 with registration number UR-CQX”
“The program was for the distressed, who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated,” he said.
He said that the returnees included 106 male adults, 16 female adults and 22 children from different parts of the country.
Abdullahi, further added the returnees would be trained on various skills acquisition programs that will integrate them back into society and provide them with seed capital to enable them to be self-reliant.
He advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek greener pastures in other countries, adding that no country is better than Nigeria.
Between February and March, NEMA has received 300 stranded Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic.