Ondo govt gives cash, clothes to 23 Libya returnees

The Ondo State government has donated some clothes and cash to the 23 indigenes who recently returned from Libya.

The deportees, who comprised 10 males, 12 females and a baby girl, were received last Tuesday by the state officials at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State.

They were immediately led to a correctional centre in Akure, the state capital, where they were rehabilitated, fed and clothed for a week by the state government.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu urged them to always be of good conduct and relate well with other people.

Akeredolu, who was represented by Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, urged them to feel free in carrying out their legitimate businesses.

According to him, there are several opportunities in the state where the sojourners could have made ends meet, instead of going overseas where they ended up as slaves.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, assured the returnees of government’s commitment to making life more meaningful for them and enhancing their welfare.

The commissioner said it is the responsibility of the ministry to take care of them as their documents had been taken.

She said: “There are a lot of skills programmes by the state government to be acquired for them to live a better life.”

Olatunji-Edet said the palliative given the returnees would not be the end of government programmes for them.

The commissioner said the Federal and state governments as well as other stakeholders were involved in the returnees’ welfare to make life better for them.

One of the returnees, Ayodele Adigun, thanked the state and Federal governments for their hospitality since their return to the country.

He assured the state government that he and the others would be of good conduct in their communities.

Credits/Sources: www.thenationonlineng.com