The state of Ogun has the largest number of 187 returnees airlifted last week from South Africa.

The Federal Government has made a profile of the recent survivors of xenophobic attacks in South Africa who have willingly agreed to return to the country.

The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees came from 16 states of the federation.

The President of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa appealed to state governments to help the returnees.

Letters of appeal have already been sent to the States requesting their interventions.

Some support has also been provided by the Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunications companies.

NIDCOM’s boss, who provided an update on the returnees at a press conference on Tuesday, said there were over 30 kids among the returnees and a widow with four kids.

It also disclosed that Ogun State had the largest amount of 30, followed by Imo State with 28, while Kogi and Benue had the lowest amount of each.

The returnee countries are–Abia–7, Anambra 13, Benue 1, Delta 15, Ebonyi 2, Edo 13, Ekiti 6 and Enugu 7.

Others include Imo 28, Kogi 1, Kwara 3, Lagos 7, Ogun 30, Osun 6, Ondo 6 and Oyo 23. She said that her committee had already been interacting with each of the states mentioned.

She added that the information had already been sent to the States, but the final decision would be taken.

According to her, a widow with four kids is from the state of Ondo.

The state government of Ondo, she said. They’re already attempting to make sure the kids are back in college.

The Chair of NIDCOM stated that the States are supposed to have their officials on the floor to meet their indigenous people.

She said, “We’ve profiled them according to their countries, and we expect the leaders to assume accountability for their people who have returned.

“One thing I’m supposed to stress is that those who returned are not criminals. In reality, Nigerians are very hard-working and have lost everything they’ve ever worked for in South Africa. Where we were assaulted from outside.”..
Dabiri-Erewa has ensured that any Nigerian anywhere in the globe, under President Buhari’s administration, is determined to protect you.

“Any Nigerian anywhere in the world who is hard-working, law-abiding, and whether you are abroad or home, be assured that government protection and welfare is guaranteed anywhere in the world.”

On the aspect of compensation, she said it was a policy issue that will be determined by the minister of foreign affairs.


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