Xenophobic Attacks: FG to outline plans for returnees on Monday, Sept 16

The Federal Government (FG) have disclosed that it will reveal details on Nigerians returning home from South Africa in the wake of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners on Monday, September 16.

Meanwhile, investigations revealed that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, on the directive of the Presidency, had intensified the arrival plans for the returnees, especially their re-integration, as the second batch of returnees was awaited.

1st News had reported that the first batch of 187 returned to the country on Wednesday; aboard an Air Peace flight.

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The chairman of the commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had announced that the returnees would each receive SIM cards with N40,000 worth of air time and 9GB of data to last for 60 days.

On Saturday, Dabiri-Erewa stated that more details on the returnees from the xenophobic attacks and re-integration plans would be unveiled on Monday.
She added that as of Friday; the commission was still busy with detailed documentation and the profiling of the returnees.

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The NIDCOM chairman stated, “We will address more issues on Monday. That will be done in Abuja.

“As of this moment, we are still busy with compiling documentation.

“We are breaking them (returnees) down; we are profiling them. That is where we are now.

“The additional information will be addressed on Monday in Abuja.”

Earlier last week, the commission had also said that the returnees would get soft loans to start off businesses, in addition to the offer of stipend to take them to their respective locations in Nigeria.

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Buhari had earlier ordered the voluntary evacuation of Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa; amid worsening xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals over there.

He had also sent a special envoy in the person of the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar; to his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, to register Nigeria’s concerns over the attacks.

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