The Edo State government is taking the resettlement of Edo state Libyan returnees very seriously as it has initiated big plans to integrate them into the society and give them a sense of belonging.
In this regards, it has concluded arrangement to build and equip permanent accommodation facilities for the returnees to give them confidence and re-integrate them into the social and economic life of the state.
The State Attorney General and Chairman of the Edo Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Professor Yinka Omoregbe revealed that plans have reached an advanced stage to establish a special accommodation facility for Libyan returnees to the state.
Libyan Returnees Happy to be Back home
The Chairman gave this assurance when another batch of Libyan returnees arrived the state capital Benin. The returnees who are the fourth batch to have arrived the state are currently being accommodated in a private hotel pending when the government will complete their permanent camp.
According to the Chairman “We are looking at a place that will meet the need of everybody. The vulnerable ones will be with us for a long time and we take care of them. `We are not going to house them forever; they will be there for a little longer. These ones now will stay for a couple of days. “We have their numbers and call them whenever there are issues when it is time for their stipends and training. “We have to counsel them on a regular basis.’’
Homebound Flight for Libyan Returnees
The Chairman commended the Edo State government under the leadership of governor Obaseki for providing the necessary support for the welfare and upkeep of the returnees. She also seized the occasion to appeal to well-meaning members of the society, philanthropic as well as business and religious bodies to join hands with the state government and support the stranded returnees from Libya. she also appeals to international support from foreign governments as well as international donors to assist in the resettlement and rehabilitation of the returnees.
The Chairman was full of praise for the Governor of the state for his humane disposition and concern for the welfare of the citizens. She disclosed that anytime a plane with human cargoes, consisting of illegal immigrants arrived Nigeria from abroad, the majority of the passengers are definitely from Edo state. The state is therefore obliged to bring them back home and take care of them.
Professor Yinka Omoregbe
She further revealed that so far more than 1500 returnees from Libya and other countries abroad have been received and re-settled by Edo state government.
The Chairman disclosed that the state government is coming down hard on human traffickers in the state and is set to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be involved in such destructive trade. The government is also engaging the youths and the vulnerable in the society by sensitising them on the evil effects of illegal migration.