LONDON. Nigerians refugees recently brought back into the country from Libya have called on international organizations not to give money meant for their empowerment and training to officials of govenment.
They alleged that monies meant for them by European Union, International Organization for Migration, IMO and other international bodies are being diverted by individuals working with the government.
This allegation was made by returnees who were present at a ceremony in Edo state, organized by IOM to inaugurate a Migrant Resource Centre which would be handed to the Nigeria government to ensure returnees are well trained and equipped with entrepreneurial skills before being reintegrated into the society.
Present at the launching of the centre was Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha (represented by Mrs. Roseline Obiechine); and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouk.
They maintained that government agencies have on several occasions squandered money and diverted projects implemented by international organizations from getting to intended beneficiaries.
Speaking at the launch of the Migrant Resource Centre, a returnee advised IOM and other humanitarian agencies to stop granting help to Nigeria for the returnees.
“We were told that some money has been set aside to empower us, but till now we have not seen anything since we finished our training last year.”
They also protested the N1,000 being given for transportation to their areas of residence in the state by the Edo state government, compared to the €100 made available for each Nigerians under the IOM returning programme by EU.
“My candid advice to IOM and EU is that if you want to spend money, do not partner with the Nigerian government. They trained us last year, but the grants they promised us have not been given.”