The Federal Government of Nigeria has assured South African returnees that it will not abandon them.
The government vowed that efforts will be made to continue the rehabilitation and empowerment programmes for the returnees.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, made this declaration while she was receiving a South African widow returnee, Mrs Yinka Iyoha, in her office in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa maintained that the federal government will not abandon all Nigerians who were brought back to the country as a result of the xenophobic attacks.
A scholarship was also awarded to one of the children of the returnees, as a kind gesture from the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, courtesy Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The Federal Government has promised to start an entrepreneurship programme for the returnees in collaboration with the Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises Development Agencies (SMEDAN) and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
Under this program, the returnees will be trained on various skills. The program is certified, mentored, and funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria. In addition, funds ranging from 1 million to 10 million naira will be released for the programme.
“We can only hope to work for peace, and unity among Africans just as the Nigerian mission recently had a programme in Johannesburg, South Africa, entitled “UNITE AFRICA,” geared towards eradicating xenophobia in South Africa," Dabiri-Erewa said.
She further appealed to other state governments to support the returnees in their respective states as well as key into the rehabilitation and reintegration schemes to help them integrate properly into the society.