Thirty Nigerians in a video appealing for help have been rescued by the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon , and have been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
A statement made available to Transport Day noted that “they will be part of 150 others trafficked and stranded in Lebanon to be evacuated back to Nigeria.
The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), led by the Secretary Engr. (Dr) Sule Yakubu Bassi visited the Embassy in Abuja.
Ambassador Diab stated that the 150 girls will be returned home in batches. The first batch of 110 will leave Beirut, Lebanon on 12th, August 2020 to Lagos while the Second Batch will be returned to Abuja on 16th, August 2020.
The Diplomat commended the efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls.
In the same vein, the Secretary to NIDCOM Dr Sule Yakubi Bassi on behalf of the Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa applauded the excellent ties existing between Nigeria and Lebanon and urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Dr Bassi also commended the dedication and commitment of Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura, Mission staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun State Governments, and other strategic partners.
As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies on the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
A break down shows of the state of origin of the stranded Nigerians shows:
- Oyo State—— 41
- Ogun — 21
- Lagos — 12
- Ondo — 18
- Osun — 26
- Imo — 3
- Kwara– 9
- Enugu — 1
- Ekiti — 6
- Kogi — 1
- Edo — 1
- Delta — 3
- Ebonyi — 1
- Benue — 1
- Abia — 1
- Akwa Ibom — 1
- Anambra — 1