related #Xenophobia: Over 600 Nigerians indicate interest to leave South Africa

#Xenophobia: Over 600 Nigerians indicate interest to leave South Africa

The number of Nigerians who have indicated interest to return to home from South Africa have increased to 640.

Nigeria’s consul-general in South Africa, had said on Sunday that 400 Nigerians had indicated interest in returning home.

However, chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while fielding questions from journalists on Monday said the number has increased and that more Nigerians were still showing interest.

When she appeared before the senate committee on diaspora on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa said two aircraft would convey the Nigerians willing to come back home.

She said the federal government is still demanding that compensation be paid to the victims of the attacks.

“As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home and they will be home in a couple of days and we believe that more will still be coming to register,” she said.

“Two planes will convey them. the envoy will be briefing the president. When we receive the first two batches, we will know how many more will come. With the envoy’s briefing to the president, we will be having everything in place.

“They went on their own and have volunteered to come back. They belong to states as well but on the part of the federal government, we have the GEEP programme that we encourage them to enrol in, small scale entrepreneurial programme with the Bank of Industry, Special Intervention Programme also.

“In the meantime, we continue to demand compensation for Nigerians that have been attacked in South Africa.”

On his part, chairman of the committee, Ajibola Bashiru, said the issue is one that required “political will.”

Air Peace had offered to convey Nigerians seeking to return home from South Africa free of charge.

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