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Ways to resettle returning Nigerian migrants, by stakeholders

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The Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Export Group (NEG) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have sought ties to support and reintegrate returning Nigerian migrants as part of efforts to promote economic activities through training, employment opportunities and value creation.

This approach is geared towards promoting comprehensive reintegration options for returnees including small businesses development as income-generating activity, job placement, community-based reintegration initiatives to reduce the impact on receiving communities and structural interventions that strengthen local counterparts for better management of return and reintegration.

Speaking at a meeting in Lagos on Monday, Global Convener and Chairman, NEG, Kola Awe, said NEG with over 238 corporate members has the capacity to create employment, internship and training to migrants and returnees in reintegrating them.

Awe who decried the unemployment level in the country said bringing people who have been away for a very long time to come back into Nigeria without having skills, training or capacity to do things is going to be injurious to society.

He said the group is looking at a sustainable programme where members who are into agriculture, clothe making, construction, welding amongst other areas of vocation can absorb returnees to harness potentials.

“We are not just helping to reintegrate the returnees as corporate entities but for the security and safety of the country as a whole. “We are going to train them in collaboration with IOM to ensure that the returnees are established and fit into the society with entrepreneurial skills,” he said.

Senior Project Assistant, IOM, Elizabeth Oladimeji, said IOM is poised at providing soft skills, employment, internship and voluntary realignment assistance programme to returnees.

According to her, about 250 Nigerians would be returning from Libya later this week with plans already in place to reintegrate them.

To meet the peculiar needs of some of the migrants who are employable but may not have equal opportunity in the labour force, Oladimeji said IOM seeks to leverage on corporate social responsibility to partner with NEG in providing returnees with job placements, vocational skills training, mentorship opportunities, internships, scholarships or any form of capacity building to ensure the sustainability of their return.

“We believe the partnership will help mitigate against irregular migration and enhance the reintegration of returned migrants in Nigeria,” she said.

A member of the NEG, Kofoworola Martins, stressed the importance for small and medium scale businesses to embrace the reintegration of returning Nigerians as their corporate social responsibilities through training and skills sharing.

Martins who double as the Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Avi Beauty Smith, a beauty training school, said such support will go a long way in shaping the economy, and also being able to support returning migrants who would, in turn, become financially independent and be able to meet their various needs.


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