About 200 returnees of Edo State origin from Libya yesterday accused the federal government and other government agencies of abandoning them since their return from the North African country over a year ago. However, they have launched a campaign against illegal migration and other crimes.
Operating under the aegis of United Returnees Foundation (URF), they said that because of their seeming abandonment, some of them were attempting to embark on the deadly journey of crossing the desert to Europe, a journey “they had vowed never to embark, thinking the system is not working.”
Speaking to journalists after a peaceful march in Benin City yesterday, coordinator of the group, Solomon Okoduwa said that the State government had trained most of them under the Edo Agricultural Development Program (EADP) on fishery, piggery, food processing, crops cultivation and that the Benin monarch had also directed that they should be given land to farm by their Enigies (community rulers) but that they have not been able to achieve this for lack of funds and access to soft loans.
Okoduwa lauded the Federal and the State governments for the role they played in conveying displaced Nigerians in Libya.
He however called for the support of government in the rehabilitation, re-integration and empowerment of the returnees to help them live a better life and become useful to the society.