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Migrants who were stuck in Libya and have returned to Nigeria have rejected Edo State’s allowance of ₦1,000 for transport, Punch reports.

The Edo State temporary shelter located in Benin has since January 8, 2018 reportedly received 900 returnees, some of whom were moved from Port Harcourt.

The returnees have reportedly complained that those in Lagos State received ₦40,000.

A returnee, Joyce Richard, who spoke to Punch, complained that the sum was insufficient to take her to her hometown in Orhionmwon Local Government Area.

The state government has, upon listening to the complaints of the returnees, reportedly increased the allowance to ₦5,000.

Chairman of the State Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and the state’s Commissioner of Justice, Yinka Omorogbe, explained to Punch that the protest was a result of misinformation.

She explained that the returnees in Lagos were awarded ₦41,000 by the European Union through the International Organisation for Migration.

She further clarified that the state intends to pay the returnees ₦20,000 for 3 months. She said:

What we have been able to do now is because of the proactive nature of the state government because no amount has actually been approved to be given to returnees at this stage.

This amount (N5,000) is not a stipend but a realisation that the government is determined to make it (intervention) succeed.

You cannot expect people to trek to their various homes, as many of them do not live in Benin. As such, we were directed to make a provision for the N5,000 transport fare that was not there before now.

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5 Comments

  1. ada

    January 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t mean to be insensitive but this is the height of ungratefulness! When they were going to Libya, did they inform the state or federal government? They should be thankful that they were flown back safely after spending thousands of dollars to pay traffickers.

    • Addy

      January 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      You took the words out of my mouth, who sent them to Libya in the first place? because the Govt tried to look into the matter and brought them back in good health that’s why they are complaining ba? issorit.

  2. NG

    January 10, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    See wahala o. Na who send una message?
    But sha o, Edo govt no do well. N1k in this fuel scarcity with high transport fares?

  3. Adamazi

    January 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    You can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Who sent una to Libya?

  4. baby4u2

    January 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Even though I agree they should be grateful, we have to understand how much was actually allocated to be given to them regardless. If the government was to give them a specific amount and they are short changed,, then this is no good. I believe corrupt people will still pocket the difference instead of returning it back to the government purse. It’s good that they speak out, so that next time someone will not come and say they gave them N40,000 when it was only N1,000 and they pocketed the remaining N39,000 K. Ndo

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