The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on Monday disclosed that seventy-one young Nigerian girls trafficked to Lebanon and seen in a video that had gone viral where they were crying for help had been rescued and arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bitrus Samuel, who is the Head of NEMA Abuja Operation Office said the girls were the second batch of the more than 150 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Lebanon in search of greener pastures.
Samuel added the girls would be quarantine as a precaution against coronavirus pandemic adding that the latest victims would be going from the airport to the hotel where the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) would profile their records.
The representative of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Akinloye Akinsola said that some Nigerians employed as domestic workers in Lebanon had complained of maltreatment from their Lebanese employers.
Akinsola said that sequel to the complaints and to stem the tide of the maltreatment, the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria had suspended the issuance of working visas to Nigerians seeking to do domestic work in Lebanon.
Earlier, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, said that the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians appealing to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid went viral on the Internet.
Nigerian Borders Will Remain Closed – Minister Of Agriculture
It appears Nigeria is in no hurry to reopen its borders.
The minister of agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has declared Nigeria’s borders will remain locked and, as he put it, the key would be thrown into the lagoon.
Nanono made the statement over the weekend in Kebbi State where agricultural produce was distributed to farmers affected by the recent flood in the state. He explained that the federal government was not ready to reopen the borders, so as to boost the country’s agricultural sector.
Chairman, senate committee on aviation, senator Adamu Aliero, also agrees with the continued border closure which he says would encourage the growth of local rice farming.
He commended federal and state governments for supporting flood victims in the state.
Deputy governor, Retired Col Ismail Yombe Dabai, who represented the governor, senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar, thanked the federal government for the kind gesture.
Rice, millet, guinea corn, and beans were among the produce distributed to farmers.
Proposed N100bn Police Rehabilitation Fund Met With Mixed Reactions
Not everyone is on board with the plan by the private sector coalition against covid-19 proposed one hundred billion naira fund to rehabilitate all 44 damaged and destroyed police stations during the nationwide EndSARS protests.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports some had commended the initiative while others say it is a case of misplaced priority.
NAN says CaCOVID had presented a one hundred billion naira equipment support plan to retool the Nigerian Police Force in the next two years.
The plan has received support from the bankers’ committee that says it plans to back government efforts to rebuild confidence in the nation’s economy in the aftermath of the violence that marked the end of the protests.
One executive who supports the plan is quoted as saying this philanthropic gesture is expected of some of the group’s members.
Another corporate chief executive says Nigerians should insist on transparency in the CaCOVID intervention. He says all transactions from the fund should be scrutinized pointing out the history of failing banks in Nigeria and the economic crisis have created a mystery around the CaCOVID intervention.
Nigeria Thrown Into Total Darkness As National Grid Collapses
Millions of Nigerians spent most of Sunday in total blackout as the nation’s power grid collapsed. Some households have even begun their journey in the dark a few days before.
Eko Electricity Distribution Company and the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company confirmed the crash of the national grid in separate messages to their customers. Power was restored in most states late Sunday night.
It was only last week A.N.N. Reported an announcement by the transmission company of Nigeria that it would need one trillion naira to stabilize the national grid.
The company’s executive director, Victor Adewumi, had said its internally generated funds and the federal government inflows into the company are not enough. Adewumi said there was still at least a six hundred billion naira shortfall.
The national grid had collapsed late last year and twice this year as well.