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Ogun Reunites 64 Libya Returnees With Relatives
64 Ogun State returnees who had just been repatriated from Libya had been reunited with their families in the State.
Receiving the returnees, comprising of 52 adults and 12 children, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, said the State government, after it was contacted by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), immediately sent officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to bring home the stranded citizens from Port Harcourt, where they were camped.
He said the State had provided stipends for transportation back to their various homes, adding that government had earlier been responsible for their welfare since they were confirmed as Ogun indigenes.
“We were contacted by NEMA to come and take responsibility of our people. This we responded to swiftly. We thereafter created a means through which these returnees could contact their relatives so that they can go home and reunite with the rest of their families,” he said.
On his part, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye, said the State was happy to receive its people back to their place of origin, advising Nigerian youths to focus on exploiting opportunities that abound in the country, rather than attempt to relocate to foreign lands by all means.
“My advice to youths, who may want to embark on similar journey as these returnees, is that, the grass is sometimes not greener on the other side, if they put the same resources and efforts into doing something meaningful here, they can make it. People make it here every day. We all have the responsibility of doing our bit in order to get our country to where we desire it to be,” Adeneye said.
Relatives of some of the returnees, expressed appreciation to both the Federal and State Government, for safe return of their people.