Immigration hurdles delay arrival of 317 Nigerians from South Africa
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 11, 2019
The return of Nigerians trapped in xenophobic attacks in South Africa has been delayed for over five hours on account of Immigration hurdles posed by the South African government.
Chairman Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri – Erewa, who disclosed this while speaking in an interview at the cargo wing of the Lagos International airport, said the Air Peace aircraft detailed to airlift 317 passengers on the manifest of the inaugural flight was delayed on the ground by South African authorities.
She said that the South African authorities brought new immigration rules before the affected Nigerians could be allowed to board the aircraft. On arrival, she said the federal government will carry out profiling of the returnees and keep an open line of communication with them for about two months for reintegration.
Dabiri – Erewa said some stipends in the form of transport fare will be given to them to get to their respective states of origin. Mrs. Dabiri- Erewa said government has mobilised the Bank of Industry to work out several skills acquisition and other social intervention programs for returnees who are interested.