Xenophobic Attacks: Lagos Offers 20,000 to Returnees; FG to Provide Loans
By Olamide Fadoju
As part of efforts to help Nigerians evacuated from South Africa, the Lagos State Government has given the sum of N20, 000 each to the second batch of 315 persons.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, who presented the token on behalf of the governor, said the returnees were given the sum to help reintegrate them into the country.
He said the governor made “a provision for the allowance of 20,000 Naira to be given to them so they could have something to eat, (and) somewhere to stay if possible.”
The governor's aide further disclosed that the returnees from Lagos will be transferred to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, where they will be trained on skill acquisition.
The second batch of 315 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa due to ongoing xenophobic attacks landed at about 7.21pm at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday.
In the same vein, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provided N10, 000 stipends to the returnees.
According to the Public Relations Officer, NEMA Ibrahim Farinloye the Agency had provided medical and logistics services among others to the returnees from South Africa.
“We have been assisting in reception and trying to make things easy for those that have been evacuated back into the country. We give them tokens to facilitate their transportation back to their final destination”.
Meanwhile, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa told newsmen that the returnees were profiled according to their states and local governments of origin to complement the federal government’s effort in reintegrating them.
“We are profiling them according to states. State Governors are expected to take responsibility for their citizens and I am glad they are all responding.”
She also assured that the returnees will be frequently contacted to check their well-being and they will be provided with soft loans by the Bank of Industry to enable them to start businesses