What we’ll do with the 187 Nigerians who returned from South Africa – Presidency

The Presidency has revealed the plans it has for the first batch of Nigerians evacuated from South Africa who arrived yesterday.

The batch contained 187 Nigerians who arrived the Murtala Mohammed Airport on board Air Peace around 9pm.

They were received by the Chairman of Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Air Peace Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema.

Also at the airport to welcome them are officials of Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Emergency Management Agency.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa had stated that 600 Nigerians indicated interest to return to the country and will receive stipends which will enable them return to their respective states.

She also stated that MTN will assist them with N6000 worth of recharge cards to enable them in finding their way.

The returnees will also be assisted by the Bank of Industry with vocational skills.

Speaking, Onyema stated that Air Peace spent N300million in airlifting the Nigerians back home.

“We want to send a signal to the world that Nigerians are their brother’s keepers and
“I support the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari and this gesture is an assistance to the government to bring our brothers back home.

“We are offering free trip to Nigerians in South Africa to return home after going through the traumatic experience of the attacks.

“Air Peace has said this is free and we are doing it in solidarity with the Federal Government,” Onyema said.

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