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S/Africa Xenophobic Attacks: NIDCOM to engage states yet to reach out to their indigenes

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) says it will get in touch  with states yet to reach out to their indigenes who were among Nigerians evacuated from South Africa recently following xenophobic attacks.

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Executive Chairman/CEO of the commission, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen.

“We are monitoring the affected states and those that have not received their indigenes yet.

“After sometime NIDCOM would also reach out to the returnees and find out what needs to be done and look into what is left to do,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Lagos State gave 20,000 naira each to all the returnees in the second batch from South Africa.

The government said that the returnees from the state would be handed over to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), where they would be trained on vocational skills acquisition.

Similarly, the Ondo government donated N100, 000 each to returnees who are indigenes, while the Oyo government presented N30,000 monetary gift to its own indigenes.

Abia, Ogun, and Delta state governments reportedly reached out to their own too.

Following xenophobic attacks in South Africa in September, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a directive that Nigerians willing to return voluntarily should be brought back.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama, while sympathising with the Nigerian victims’ families who lost their lives and properties in the attacks, offered to evacuate the victims free of charge.