- About 188 returned last night.
- They would be given sim cards and airtime that would last almost two months.
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NDC), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says the federal government will support Nigerians who are being evacuated back to the country from South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks.
The first batch of returnees numbering about 188 returned to the country yesternight after departing South Africa on Wednesday, via the Air Peace Airline.
Speaking on the eight-hour delay before the plane finally took off, Dabiri said it was as a result of immigration issues.
It was gathered that some persons were turned back over inadequate documentation for traveling with children, while about seven others were detained for allegedly entering the country illegally.
Immediately they arrive, Dabiri-Erewa, a former presidential aide said they would each be given sim cards and airtime that would last almost two months to help them stay in touch with their families and the bank of industry will also be here to offer some entrepreneurship programme and some support to start a small business, and there would be some stipends for transportation to take them home.
” We will profile them, and for those who want to get any training, they will decide what kind of training they want to do, and the Bank of the industry will be there to provide it,” Dabiri added.