The chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has confirmed that 640 Nigerians have indicated interest to return to Nigeria from South Africa.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known while answering questions from journalists on Monday.
Nigerians and other African nationals were affected in the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa. In protest, Nigeria had boycotted the World Economic Forum (WEF) that held in the country. President Muhammadu Buhari also sent a special envoy to the South African government over the development.
Air Peace had also offered to convey Nigerians seeking to return home from South Africa free of charge.
When she appeared before the senate committee on diaspora on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa said two aircraft would convey the Nigerians willing to come back home, according to reports
She said the federal government is still demanding that compensation be paid to the victims of the attacks.
“As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home and they will be home in a couple of days and we believe that more will still be coming to register.
Two planes will convey them. the envoy will be briefing the president. When we receive the first two batches, we will know how many more will come. With the envoy’s briefing to the president, we will be having everything in place.
They went on their own and have volunteered to come back. They belong to states as well but on the part of the federal government, we have the GEEP programme that we encourage them to enrol in, small scale entrepreneurial programme with the Bank of Industry, Special Intervention Programme also.
In the meantime, we continue to demand compensation for Nigerians that have been attacked in South Africa.”