By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
No fewer than 150 Nigerians girls trafficked and stranded in Lebanon are to be evacuated back to Nigeria this month.
This was contained in a statement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Mr Gabriel Odu
The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, led by the Secretary Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi visited the Embassy in Abuja.Ambassador Diab
According to the statement, the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab disclosed this plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi visited the Embassy in Abuja.
Ambassador Diab stated that the 150 girls will be returned home in batches with the first batch of 110 to leave Beirut, Lebanon on 12th, August, 2020 to Lagos while the Second Batch will be returned to Abuja on 16th, August, 2020.
He however commended the efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls.
The Secretary to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Dr Sule Yakubi Bassi while speaking on behalf of the Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa lauded the excellent ties existing between Nigeria and Lebanon .
Dr Bassi while urging both Nigeria and Lebanon to sustain their cordial relationship commended the dedication and commitment of Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura, Mission staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun State Governments,and other strategic partners.
The statement gave breakdown of the stranded Nigerian girls as : Oyo state — 41, Ogun — 21, Lagos — 12, Ondo — 18, Osun — 26, Imo — 3, Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1Akwa Ibom — 1and Anambra — 1.