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​Many Libya returnees have psychiatric issues – UN Agency

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said that many returnees from Libya have psychiatric issues.IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Enira Krdzalic, who said this in her welcome address at the opening of a three-day National Planning Workshop on the Implementation of the National Policy on Labour Migration Action Plan in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, said the agency had been able to counsel the returnees, especially those with psychiatric problems. .


Krdzalic, who was represented by the National Programme Officer, Mr Sunday Omoyeni, said: “For the nearly 5, 000 returnees, we have not started their full reintegration. We have only done initial reintegration which is counselling. Many of them are ill, many have psychiatric issues and we have referred them to psychiatric institutions. After that, we will help them with training or to set up a business but it is not sustainable. What the international donors are bringing is not enough. What happens when we end this project? The Nigerian government has to step in to help. When you see these people returning, what comes to your mind is that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder because these are agile or able-bodied youths with nothing to do.’’

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