Agency Director General Mustapha Habib, who was represented by NEMA Lagos Territorial Office Acting Coordinator Ibrahim Farinloye, did this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Lagos.
Habib said the returnees stranded in Libya left Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport on Tuesday night aboard a Buraq Aircraft Boeing 737-800 with registration 5A-DMG.
He said 167 stranded Nigerians landed at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, MIMIA, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The general director specified that the returnees are made up of 65 adult women, three girls, five infants, 76 adults, 11 children and seven infants.
“The returnees were brought to the country by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the voluntary repatriation program for people in difficulty.
“They left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries, but couldn’t afford to return when their journey fell through,” he said.
Habib admonished returnees to look beyond seeking greener pastures in foreign lands, saying they no longer exist there.
He assured the returnees that the Federal Government is aware of the aspirations of young people and is providing an enabling environment where everyone will reach their full potential.
He said the exercise was conducted under strict COVID-19 protocols with proper oversight from all government agencies at the airport.
He said the Port Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Commission for Resilience, Migration and Internal Displacement, NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service received the returnees at the airport.