A returnee, who was as of late evacuated from Libya by the International Organization for Migration, has spoken to the Edo State Government for help to empower him begin his life once again.
The returnee, who gave his name as Osama from the Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state, disclosed to Southern City News that he raised N800,000 to empower him travel to Europe, through the North African nation.
Be that as it may, the experience for him in the desert was incomprehensible as he lost six of his companions because of the sweltering climate condition amid the painful voyage.
He clarified, “I left Nigeria in May, 2017. I spent about N800,000. I got the money from my sisters. I told them that I was going to France to start a better life, to start making shoes.
“I was a shoemaker before I left Nigeria and I had a store. It was difficult. Some people died there (Libya) but I thank God that I am still alive.
“I lost eight of my friends in Libya. Six of them died in the desert because of the heat from the sun. There was no shade to cover us and water, so, they lost their strength and died.”
The returnee stated that however he earned a wage as a specialist in an inn in Libya, he returned home unfilled and miserable.
“My parents knew when I left and they gave me their blessing. I worked in a hotel in Libya and earned 500 dinars per day.
“If I have another opportunity, I would like to go to France by air. I am not happy that I am back but there is nothing I can do. I am a youth and I left because I did not have a job.
“So, if the government can help me with a job that would be good because I came back with nothing. I left Nigeria as a rich person but came back miserable,” he said.
In this way, if the legislature can assist me with a vocation that would be great since I returned with nothing. I exited Nigeria as a rich individual however returned hopeless,” he said.
In the mean time, the state Agency for the Control of AIDS said that more than 2,000 returnees had experienced restorative screening.
The Executive Director of SACA, Floral Oyakhilome, said the new returnees had been helpful with the organization with the understanding that it was imperative for them to know their wellbeing status and look for advising or medicinal care where fundamental.
“It has been exceptionally pleasant, not at all like in the past when we needed to beseech them to have the test. Promptly we advised the new set to get tried, they consented and we have had a decent turnout.
“More than 2,000 people have so far experienced screening under the organization. More than 60 people from the new set have been tried.
“When they come, they experience pre-guiding to realize what they are going to do as such that they can readily subject themselves to the test. In the event that we have the individuals who tried positive, we do post-directing,” Oyakhilome said.