No fewer than 174 Nigerians voluntary returnees stranded in the North African country Libya have been deported back to the country.

The deportees were received at the Cargo wing of the Lagos International Airport by officials of National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Speaking with journalists, the Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, Mallam Idris Muhammed noted that with this batch, the total number of stranded Nigerians deported from Libya is now 12,574.

In addition, Muhammed said over 4,900 of the deportees have been trained on various skill acquisition and empowerment training by International Organization for Migration, IOM through Special Funding facilitated by the European Union.

The deportees comprised 62 adult females, 11 female children and 11 female infants with 74 male adults, 12 male children and 15 male infants making it a total of 90 males and 84 females.

The Coordinator, however, assured the deportees of the Federal Government’s readiness to continue supporting and collaborating with other Development Partners in providing enabling environment for the realization of their potential.

He empahsised that FG will continue to strengthen her assistance to state and local government authorities in rehabilitating deportees into their communities.

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