The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that it received 105 stranded Nigerians from Chad (N’djamena) who arrived at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano on Monday, December 12.
Kano State territorial coordinator of the agency, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi who made the announcement, said the stranded Nigerians arrived at the international wing of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 10pm onboard a Boeing 737-7k9 ASKY Airlines plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines KP9401 with registration number ET-ANH.
They were brought back to Kano under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.
“The programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating.
“Those received included 24 male adults, 23 female adults and 58 children (33 females and 25 males). They are from Katsina, Kano, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Taraba states among others.”
Abdullahi further disclosed that the returnees would be trained for four days on vocational skills and would be given the grant to become self-reliant.
He urged them to join in the advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration. The NEMA chief further revealed that the agency, between May and October 2022, received 560 Nigerians stranded from Niger Republic and Sudan.