NEMA gets another 144 Nigerians trapped in Niger Republic


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) welcomed another group of 144 stranded Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic, on Monday.

Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office, made the announcement while meeting the returnees at Kano’s Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

According to Abdullahi, who was represented by NEMA Kano’s Head of Human Resources, Mr Suleiman Sa’ad-Abubakar, the returnees landed at the airport at 2:30 p.m.

“The returnees were transported into Nigeria by SKY MALI Airlines, operated by Ethiopian airline B737-400 with registration number UR-CQX”

He stated that the returnees were transported back from Niamey under the supervision of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under a voluntary repatriation program.
“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 stated that there were 106 male adults, 16 female adults, and 22 youngsters among the returns (10 females and 12 males).

Abdullahi said that the returnees came from various regions of the country, including Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Abia, Sokoto, and Edo, among others.

According to him, the returnees would be trained in a variety of skill development programs that will reintegrate them into society and provide them with seed capital to enable them to be self-sufficient.

He warned Nigerians to avoid putting their lives in peril by traveling to other nations in search of greener pastures, saying that no country is better than Nigeria.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the agency received 300 stranded Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic, between February and March.

When narrating her journey, one of the returnees, Fatima Muhammad, a widow and mother of two, claimed she traveled to Algeria in search of brighter pastures for her children.
“No one to cater for me and my children, that was why I decided to seek for greener pasture.

“I regretted embarking on the ill-fated journey, but l thank God we came back safely
“Nigeria is far better than where we thought we could get better lives, we surffered,” Muhammad said

According to NAN, the returnees were met by authorities from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and IDPs, the Red Cross Society, the Department of State Services, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

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