Onyeama Leads FG delegation to Libya on Rescue Mission
The Hon Minister of Foreign Minister Affairs His Excellency Geoffrey Onyema has led a high powered Nigerian delegation to Libya in order to commence the process of massive evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the North African country back home.
The delegation arrived Tripoli, Libya on Wednesday ahead of the actual evacuation operation that is expected to commence on Friday with the airlift of the stranded Nigerians by two indigenous carriers engaged for the exercises.
In a press statement made available from NEMA to our correspondent which revealed that over five thousands Nigerians are awaiting evacuation. The statement reads, “a total of 5, 037 stranded citizens have been identified for the evacuation back home.” The Nigerian mission in Libya is coordinating the identification of the Nigerian migrants with the support of the International Organization for Migration. According to the statement the returnees will arrived in Port Harcourt. “ A reception centre has been established in Port Harcourt where the returnees on their arrival would be formally received and profiled before being transported to their various states.” The evacuation exercises is being led by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by the National Emergency Management Agency with the involvement of all the relevant agencies.
The Federal Government delegation in Libya on the rescue mission includes; the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyema, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Director General NEMA Engr Mustapha Maihaja, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service Muhammadu Babandede, Director General National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons Julie Okah-Donli, Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Sadiya Umar Faruq and representatives of other security agencies.