Libya returnees protest in Edo
Edo State Government has commenced payment of little stipend to the 373 Libya returnees to enable them to go to their various destination.
The payment started after the Libya returnees threatened to cause chaotic situation at the Motel Benin Plaza where they were lodged and their biometric obtained.
They were alarmed that they were asked to go home without any money whereas previous Libya returnees were paid N41,000.
To douse tension, the state government quickly mobilised and started payment equivalent to the destination of each returnee.
Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the state government was not aware that the federal government did not make any money available for the returnee.
Osagie explained that the International Organisation on Migration and the Federal Government were responsible for returning Nigerians from Libya.
He stated that “The European Union made €100 available for each Nigerians under the IOM returning programme. When they get here, they get N41,000 given to them in Lagos.
“The Federal Government in its programme is not giving any money to returnees. Anybody who returned under the federal government is not getting any money. The federal government is returning migrants through Portharcourt while the IOM is returning Nigerians through Lagos.
“Edo State Government is trying to provide something for them and has started making payment to enable them to visit their relatives. The little money is relative to where they are going to. It is not big money at all.
“The returnees should be calm. We did not know that the federal government was not going to make any provision.”