The Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday disbursed N20,000 each to 314 Nigerians returning from South Africa over the recent xenophobia attacks on foreigners most especially Nigerians.
The total amount disbursed, N6.3 million was for the 314 returness to settle down in the country.
The Governor, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Disapora, Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, handed over the funds to the returnees at the Murtala Muhammad Airport, Ikeja.
“He saw their plight. As a palliative before they are finally reunited with their families”.
He stressed that aside the funds, they would be engaged for employment through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, LSETF to acquire skills that would “assist them get on with their lives”.
Earlier, the Chairman, Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans to rally State Governors to assist the returnees in reintegrating better into the society.
“The good thing is that they are back home to where they can get the best care.
“The Bank Of Industry, BOI will be giving them soft loans aside the N20,000 cash they will be receiving from the Lagos State Government.
“Going forward, we have decided to rally the State Governments to support them. And that is why we have started profiling them according to their state.
“And during the first batch, we had about 30 from Ogun State. And 28 from Imo state. After about two weeks, we will get back to them as follow up,” she added.
Abike-Dabiri hinted that the children of the returnees would be offered scholarship to assist them have better education.
It was reported that at least 25 infants are among the 290 Nigerians that are currently airborne from South Africa aboard Air Peace Airlines.
Information gathered stated that the aircraft left South Africa at 1:00pm Nigerian time and is expected to touch down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by 7:00pm Nigerian time on Wednesday.
The Nigerians were being evacuated from South Africa following latest xenophobic attacks on African migrants in that country.
The airline had originally planned to evacuate 320 Nigerians in the second batch of the exercise on Tuesday but faced some delays.
Recall that the aircraft was supposed to have departed Lagos at 1:00am on Tuesday but was denied landing permit by the South African authorities.