The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday in Kano received 180 stranded Nigerians from Agadez region of Niger Republic.
NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi made this known while receiving the returnees in Kano.
According to him, the returnees were accompanied to the country by officials of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) based in Niger Republic.
He said they returned through a voluntary repatriation programme designed to assist distressed persons who left their home country to seek greener pastures elsewhere but could not afford to return as their journeys became frustrated.
The NEMA official said the returnees comprised 144 males, 13 females and 23 children, adding that the children included 17 girls and six boys.
“The returnees are from different part of the country; some from Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Kaduna, Bauchi and Kano States, among others,” he said.
According to him, the returnees would undergo a four-day training on how to achieve self sustainability and provided with seed capital to enable them engage in productive activities.
“We want you to serve as ambassadors, who would be sensitising other Nigerians against irregular migration.
“You should avoid endangering your lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, no country is better than your own country,” Abdullahi said.
The Agency, had so far, received 380 stranded Nigerians between May and August 2022, repatriated from Niger Republic and Sudan.
Writing by Julian Osamoto