The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) chief of mission in Nigeria, Enira Krdzalic said in a gathering tagged ‘National Planning Workshop’ in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, that the agency was able to put Libya returnees with psychiatric challenges through some counseling, Vanguard reports.
Sunday Omoyeni, the national programme officer who represented Krdzalic, 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.’’ Krdzalic also remarked: “Between, January and November, 2017, IOM has assisted in the return and reintegration of over 4,489 stranded Nigerian migrants. The increasing number of migrants returning to Nigeria from North Africa, as well as increased number of irregular migrants arriving in Italy from Nigeria, suggests an increasing trend of irregular migration from Nigeria and call for urgent actions to address the situation.
“The number of deaths and those suffering exploitation and abuse along the Central Mediterranean migration route are at an alarming rate.
“Crossing the Mediterranean is by far the deadliest route, with one death recorded for 35 arrivals. European statistics show that the amount of migrants from West Africa in migration flows to Europe have continued to increase, despite the perilous conditions of making the journey irregularly.
‘’Thousands of Nigerians are stranded in Libya, living in a terrible condition, with many desirous of the opportunity to return home.”