The Nigerian returnees have appealed to the Federal and State Government to provide job opportunities for Nigerian Youths to prevent them from endangering their lives in search of greener pastures abroad
Nigerian returnees from Libya have been tested HIV/AIDS positive. This was detected by the Edo State Agency for the control of AIDS (SACA).
The state says, process to recall the Libya returnees to make them undergo HIV/AIDS screening has begun. Nigerians can recall that recently, some Nigerians who left the country to Libya in search of greener pastures returned back voluntarily to the country with the aid of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Some of the deportees who relayed unpleasant experiences said they would never leave Nigeria again. The returnees said they traveled to Libya with the hope of crossing over to Europe through the Mediterranean in search of jobs but instead they got stuck in Libya, where the women were forced into prostitution, and the men do odd jobs to survive.
One of the returnees said she was arrested while trying to cross over to Italy from Libya by Immigration Officials.
According to her; “Ever since then,I have been moved from one prison to another until I was taken to detention camp in Tripoli.”
Also, one of the returnees, Ms Akeama, said she left Nigeria in August last year returned with four months pregnancy.
While screening some of the returnees, the Executive Officer of (SACA), Mrs Flora Oyakhilome, said the Government values the life of the returnees and anyone with the virus would be taken care of.
“We are making arrangements to recall those who have been deported to have them tested for HIV/AIDS. We have discussed with the Commissioner for Women Affairs.” She said.
Oyakhilome, who refused to disclose the numbers of those that tested positive for the virus said “We are still on; You can see that we are still working; We cannot disclose the number of those infected now because the work is still on.”
The Nigerian returnees have appealed to the Federal and State Government to provide job opportunities for Nigerian Youths to prevent them from endangering their lives in search of greener pastures abroad.