Xenophobic attacks: Govt profiling returnees for loans..Dabiri-Erewa
The Director-General of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa says the federal government is interfacing with the state to ensure ways of taking care of South African Returnee children.
Addressing journalists while giving an update on the state of Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa as a result of the ongoing xenophobic attacks, Hon Dabiri-Erewa said over thirty children have so far been documented.
She said her office is communicating with their respective states on the welfare with the hope of offering them scholarships to further their education. She said seven returnees were from Abia state while Anambra had thirteen returnees.
The DG said Benue state has one returnee while delta, Ebonyi and Edo states have, fifteen, two and thirteen.
Other states include Ekiti-six, Enugu-seven, Imo- twenty-eight, while Kogi and Kwara states have one and three returnees respectively. Ogun state has the highest with thirty returnees.
While Ondo and Osun states have six returnees each, Lagos and Oyo states have, seven and twenty-three returnees respectively.
Honourable Dabiri-Erewa said the government is profiling them for a loan from the Bank of Industry. The returnees may also get compensation from the South African government.
A total of One hundred and eighty-seven of the three hundred and nineteen Nigerians profiled for evacuation returned to the country on Wednesday.
Dabiri-Erewa said the second badge will land on Tuesday evening.