One hundred and eighty-seven persons, on Wednesday night, made up the first batch of Nigerians to return to the country following the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa.
Those returned to the country are 185 adults and two infants. The flight arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 9:43, and taxied to the premises of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).
The 187 returnee were among the 670 Nigerians who signed to be evacuated back home following xenophobic attacks targeted at them in the rainbow country.
The flight earlier scheduled to take off at 9:10 am, was delayed for about seven hours before it took of from the OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg.
They were received at a temporary camp opened for their profiling by the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,
She also announced that the government has available to each of them N40, 000.00 recharge card to enable them communicate with their family members.
Furthermore, she revealed the government arrangement with the Bank of Industry (BoI) to offer entrepreneurship programmes to those willing to learn.
She said: “The BoI will also be here to offer some entrepreneurship programmes and some support to start a small business and there would be some stipends for transportation to take you home and we will profile them and for those who want to get any training, they will decide what kind of training they want to do and the Bank of industry will be there to provide it.”