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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Xenophobia: FG Gives N40,000 Airtime, 9GB Data To 187 South Africa Returnees

   Image result for images of FG Gives N40,000 Airtime, 9GB Data To 187 South Africa ReturneesNigeria government has promised to give about 187 citizens affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa who arrived Nigeria on-board an Air Peace flight on Wednesday, September 11, N40,000 Naira worth of airtime,  9GB of data valid for 2-months as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry.

While commending the management of Air Peace for its kind gesture, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM Abike Dabiri-Erewa, led a team of government officials to receive the returnees said; a “total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated, amongst whom over 30 were children. 
About 317 were initially billed to return on the flight which experienced over 15 hours delay by the South African authorities. The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa willing to return home due to renewed xenophobic uprisings.
President Mohammadu Buhari gave the order after receiving the report of the special envoy whom he dispatched to South Africa over the xenophobic attacks. 
Hon Dabiri-Erewa told the returnees that “apart from transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, for ease of communication, they are to receive SIM cards with N40,000 Naira worth of air time, plus 9GB of data valid for 2 months as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses.”
She added that a programme of reintegration will also be put in place subsequently. The returnees were thankful to President Buhari, the Chairman and management of Air Peace as well as the Consul-General in South Africa and the High Commission in Pretoria for their efforts in ensuring their successful return to Nigeria.


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