Following the intervention of the Federal Government, 542 Nigerians stranded in the UAE have returned to the country.
On Sunday, October 23, at 4:29 am, the returnees—who included 79 men, 460 women, and 3 infants—arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on a Maxair-chartered airplane.
They were welcomed by NEMA and airport staff, as well as security organizations like the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerian Diaspora Commission, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Port Health Services, and National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
The returnees underwent screening by NCDC, had their profiles created by several pertinent authorities, and were approved by the Nigerian Immigration Service.
The Nigerian consul general in Dubai, Ambassador Atinuke Taibat Mohammed, who was among the returnees on the flight, expressed her gratitude to the federal government for its exceptional assistance in the safe evacuation of the stranded nationals back home in her remarks.
The unfortunate thing is that some of these people might not have enough money to begin a new life in Nigeria, especially now that the cost of living is high.