By Trevor Oluwole
Eleven out of the Libya returnees, who are indigenes of the Oyo state were welcomed home yesterday by the Oyo State Government, and eight more are expected to join them as the last batch of Nigerian been evacuated from Libya arrived the Port Harcourt Air Port yesterday.
The returnees that are made up of six Ladies and five men were received yesterday by the State Emergency Management Agency and the Oyo State deputy governor, Otunba Moses Adeyemo at the governor’s office.
While addressing them, the deputy governor charged the returnees to seek means of “positive and productive engagements” emphasizing that the government has approved a sum of N10, 000 for each returnee, He said this fund is to help them settle down.
He said “We thank God that you all arrived home safely. When people complain about how bad the country is, I want you to evaluate it, is it as worse as where you were? You need some means of positive engagement. Even if it means that you’ll need to learn a trade or business.
In their Remark, Some of the returnees who spoke on behalf of others expressed their gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Oyo State Government for coming to their rescue in the face of their Libyan 21st century slave trade experience. They attributed the state of the Country’s economic condition to their seeking greener pasture in Libya, while others were only seeking passage through the North-African country into Europe.
On the way forward, the Deputy Governor advised parents to ensure their children to learned entrepreneurial skills aside academic qualification.
He urged the youths to endeavour to venture into business, skills or trades that can put them into a profitable employment while seeking white collar jobs.