Following the Xenophobic attack that occurred during the late hours of Sunday (September 1), extending to Monday (September 2), in Johannesburg South Africa which affected a lot of Nigerians, the Federal Government has deployed two aircrafts to fly Nigerians willing to come back home.
Abike Dabiri Erewa, the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), made the announcement yesterday (September 9), during a discussion with the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non – Government Organisations, at the National Assembly.
As at the time of the information, only 640 Nigerians out of 800, 000 Nigerians residing in South Africa had registered with the Nigerian embassy to be flown back to Nigeria.
Concerning the Nigerians whose immigration documents had expired, she disclosed that the Federal Government has commenced a documentation process. They will be issued an emergency traveling documents to enable them to voyage into Nigeria, also apart from ensuring that the returnees arrive safely, the government will also equip them.
“They went on their own and have volunteered to come back. They belong to states as well, but on the part of the Federal Government, we have the SIP programme that we encourage them to enroll in, small -scale entrepreneurial programmes with the Bank of Industry, Special Intervention Programme that we encourage them to enroll with.
“So there are things that they can do. But, we will still demand compensation from South Africa for Nigerians whose businesses were destroyed,” Dabiri – Erewa said.
Dabiri – Erewa further mentioned that apart from demanding compensation from the South African government, the Federal Government was already investigating the xenophobic attack to ensure that the victims get justice.
Meanwhile, Daily Times reports that the first set of Nigerians willing to come home, numbering up to 320, have already left the country aboard Air Peace Airlines. It is expected that they arrive today at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.