Number of Nigerians willing to leave South Africa 'ascends from 400 to 640'

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, administrator of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), says 640 Nigerians have shown enthusiasm to come back to home from South Africa. 

Dabiri-Erewa made this known while handling inquiries from writers on Monday. Godwin Adama, Nigeria's delegate general in South Africa, had prior said 400 Nigerians had demonstrated enthusiasm for returning home. 

Adama, who uncovered this to NAN on Sunday, had said more Nigerians were all the while demonstrating interest. 

Nigerians and other African nationals were influenced in the most recent xenophobic assaults in South Africa. 

In dissent, Nigeria had boycotted the World Economic Forum (WEF) that held in the nation. President Muhammadu Buhari additionally sent an extraordinary emissary toward the South African government over the advancement. 

Air Peace had offered to pass on Nigerians trying to return home from South Africa for nothing out of pocket. 

When she showed up before the senate board of trustees on diaspora on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa said two air ship would pass on the Nigerians willing to return home. 

She said the national government is as yet requesting that remuneration be paid to the casualties of the assaults. 

"As I talk with you now, we have 640 Nigerians willfully enlisted to return home and they will be home in a few days and we accept that more will in any case be coming to enlist," she said. 

"Two planes will pass on them. the emissary will brief the president. When we get the initial two clusters, we will realize what number of more will come. With the emissary's informing to the president, we will have everything set up. 

"They went without anyone else and have volunteered to return. They have a place with states too yet with respect to the government, we have the GEEP program that we urge them to take on, little scale innovative program with the Bank of Industry, Special Intervention Program moreover. 

"Meanwhile, we keep on requesting pay for Nigerians that have been assaulted in South Africa." 

On his part, Ajibola Bashiru, administrator of the panel, said the issue is one that required "political will."

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