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The state government has been receiving large numbers of Libyan returnees. How is it coping with the pressure? We have made adequate arrangement; the governor approved what we call ‘voluntary return framework’. There are two legs to it: there are people who voluntarily want to return home and there are people who are stranded in Libya that the Nigerian government is bringing back. The two groups, when they arrive, are collapsed into a component and the component is, receive them, bring them to Benin and accommodate them. We give them the initial accommodation, feed them, do what we call psychological counselling to ensure that they are not discriminated against and they themselves get back their lives. Now that they are back, the next thing is, ‘What do you want to do? Capacity building, skill training or you want to go back to your family’. Those of them who want to go back to their families, we hand them over to their families after collecting their data. Those of them who want to the trained, we train them. And that is why, two weeks ago, you saw the governor giving certificates to about 150 of them who were trained in agricultural skills. Edo State is ready to receive all our people in Libya who want to come back home. The Task Force Against Human Trafficking, headed by the Attorney General of the state, Prof. Omoregbe, has been given support to take care of this situation we found ourselves in. What we also want to do is to fast-track our investment in the Benin Technical College. A week ago, I was there to see the on-going work and I saw that work is going on well. We want to ensure that when we start enrolling our people there, they are secure. We are also building the capacity of the teachers there to ensure that they are able to deliver the courses to those who want to be trained in skills. We don’t want to see our people die in Libya any more. Let them come back home, we have solution to their problem. Sometimes the governor does not sleep well after seeing the mayhem against our people in Libya. It is really sad and that is why he is determined to make the economy of Edo the best in Africa not just Nigeria. As a financial guru, he has what it takes to achieve it. The governor is always very emotional when he sees sordid pictures such as we all have seen in Libya, so he is very passionate in changing their lives and we pray they all come home and work. But for the perpetrators, the traffickers, we are going after them. They have no hiding place anymore and we will fish them out and bring them to justice.
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