The Delta State Government yesterday ordered the screening of eighty Libya returnees who are Deltans among the 5, 500 returnees received by the Federal Government recently for various diseases.
Representing the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the State Commissioner, Bureau for special Duties, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy expressed joy and thanked God in the lives of the retirees, and their successful return back to Delta State, and urged them to put behind those experiences that may have resulted in nightmare, rather choose a new path of life.
According to him, “I am convinced that you all must have learnt a lot of lesson from what has happened to you in Libya, I encourage all of you to return back to your various communities, became useful to yourselves, and don’t think of embarking on such dangerous adventures” disclosing that the State Government would not give them automatic jobs, but not unmindful of their losses they suffered in the course of the unfortunate ordeals.
He said: “the urgency associated with your return back to the state, and the bureaucracies associated with the budgeting and funding; Government may not be able to do more than welcome you back to the state for now” adding that the state government would enroll them into Skill and Entrepreneurial Programme (STOP), and Youth Agriculture Empowerment Programme (YAGEP) through their Local Government’s Offices in order to fast track their re-lategration into the society.
It was reliably gathered that many of the returnees were allegedly infested with high profiled diseases; a situation the state government ordered for their screening to restore back their health.
But some of them who spoke to journalists at chidfe Hotel in Asaba, where they were addressed, described their experienced as pathetic and indelible nightmare, and begged Almighty God for forgiveness of their sins.
One of them, Miss precious Uchena, a native of Ika North East Local Government area of the State said: “we were intercepted on our way to Libya by some dreaded cultists who call themselves as “Amanda boys”, who allegedly raped some of us, and locked us in a room where we were given one plate of food to five persons” adding that their attempt to cross over the red sea, no fewer than 170 migrants in loaded in a boat attacked them, leaving the boat to capside, while only twenty of them, including her survived.
Another returnees, Miss Esther Agbone, a native of Warri, an OND holder in Mass Communication, told our correspondent that they were locked into a dark room by liberun soldiers who allegedly sold most of them out for sex trade, and other illicit business.
The ventured of the event was filled to the brim by sympathizers, including relations who openly wept profusely in the mind blowing ordeals of the returnees.