The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 195 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The Coordinator of NEMA Territorial Office in Lagos, Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development to newsmen on Thursday in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
Muhammed said this was the largest batch of voluntary returnees since the exercise began in April 2017.
According to him, the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 8.20p.m. on Wednesday aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG SEB.
He also disclosed that they were the 69th batch of returnees brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.
According to him, after profiling, the breakdown of the new returnees shows that they comprised 71 female adults, 25 female children and 17 female infants.
“They also include 60 male adults, 12 male children and 10 male infants.
“Among them were three male returnees with minor medical issues and seven pregnant women,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Welcoming the returnees, he advised Nigerian youths to look inwards and utilise the money they had set aside for embarking on perilous journeys, to set up good businesses in the country.
“Since the EU closed their borders for irregular migrants, the journeys through irregular means have become wasteful and dangerous.
“If you had used the huge amounts of money spent on these fruitless efforts in Nigeria to start a business, you would have been very successful in your endeavours.
“Therefore, you need to strive and embrace the Federal Government’s enabling initiatives to empower the youths,” Muhammed said.