By Bukola Afeni
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has warned the general public against stigmatizing the returnees who are arriving Nigeria from Libya to reunite with their families in various states across the country. The Minister issued this warning yesterday, during a stakeholder’s meeting held at the returnees’ camp in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Professor Adewole, advised the public not to condemn the returnees for their mistakes which he said, was caused by ignorance.
He also advised the stakeholders to ensure that the returnees were given good accommodation and proper feeding.
The minister also advised stakeholders such as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Ministry of Health, the Red Cross Society, Nigeria, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigerian Police Force, Rivers State Command, the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and enlightened members of the public to educate the masses on happenings around the world to forestall similar occurrence in the future.
The Minister stressed that the primary responsibility of the federal government of Nigeria, and its agencies towards the returnees involved linking them with government social engagement programmes, providing jobs and skill acquisition.