Xenophobia: Returnee Nigerians To Receive Free Airtime and Data For 2 Months -FG

Nigerian returnees fleeing south Africa over xenophobic attacks have been promised N40,000 worth of airtime and 9GB worth of data for two month.

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The promise was made by the Federal Government, through  the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa upon receiving the first batch of returnees on Wednesday.

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According to Mrs Dabiri-Erewa in a statement signed by Gabriel Odu for Media Unit of the Commission, the returnees will also receive  transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that a program of reintegration will be put in place subsequently. Also officials of the Bank of Industry were on hand to brief them.

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Commending the Management of Air Peace for the kind gesture, the Chairman Hon Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated, amongst whom over 30 were children.

About 317 were initially billed to return on the flight which experienced over 15 hours delay by the South African authorities.

The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa willing to return home due to renewed xenophobic uprisings.

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