The awareness exercise was carried out through the MaM ‘Migration Room,’ whereby returned migrants interact with potential migrants to discuss issues that border on irregular migration, trafficking and smuggling of persons.
The project, scheduled to be launched in Abuja on September 7, also seeks to provide assistance to such vulnerable people while they are on the move, Frantz Celestin, the IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria, said in a statement on Thursday.
The launch coincides with this year’s commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATIP) with the theme ‘Victims’ Voices take the Lead’.
This is contained in a statement signed by Antonio Vitorino, IOM Director-General, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Edo Innovation hub is an initiative of the state government to provide job opportunities as well as business development for residents through ICT.
“IOM staff are providing emergency assistance to 79 migrants returned to Libya by the coast guard today,” the UN body tweeted.
Speaking in a virtual interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the impact of insecurity on migration, Franz Celestin, IOM Chief of Mission, said social media has influenced many more migrations than insecurity.
This, it said, would make desperate migrants more susceptible to criminals.
This was contained in a statement signed by Yemi Kale, Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of NBS, in Abuja on Thursday.
The Director General of NEMA, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Muhammadu (retd), who received the returnees, said they would be isolated for 14 days in Ikeja before they would be free to reunite with their families.
The documents also serve as guide for reportage of migrants and policy formulations by other people cum organisation working on principles on same interest.
“On October 24, we assisted 141 stranded Nigerian migrants in Libya to voluntarily return home on a charter flight from Sebha airport (in southern Libya),” IOM said in a statement.
The IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Franz Celestin, who confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday, however, did not disclose the number of Nigerians killed in the attack.
The International Organisation for Migration Sub-Office in Lagos on Thursday said that it had in the last five years provided assistance to about 17,000 Nigerian voluntary returnees from Libya.
The National Emergency Management Agency on Friday said a total of 14,036 Nigerians have voluntarily returned home under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme which began in April 2017.
Zaynab stands next to the remnants of her home she used to share with her six children before it was destroyed by early season rainstorms that brought strong winds and rain to north-east Nigeria.
The National Emergency Management Agency has received another batch of 195 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The International Organisation for Migration has concluded arrangements to hold a high-level sensitisation workshop for traditional and religious leaders on promoting safe migration practices and supporting the reintegration of returning migrants in Abuja.
Frantz Celestin, Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration, Nigeria, says the agency has taken a comprehensive society approach to address the migration challenges in Nigeria.
The National Emergency Management Agency on Friday said 12,574 Nigerians have so far returned from Libya under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme, which began in April 2017.