The Oyo state government has received 11 of its natives rescued in Libya by the federal government. The returnees were received by the deputy governor, Moses Adeyemo, at the governor’s office, Ibadan. The returnees, comprising six females and five males, were brought by Akin Makinde, the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
The returnees were brought into the country through Port Harcourt in Rivers state, from where they were transported to Ibadan.
Adeyemo stated that the state government has taken it upon itself to make sure that all indigenes of the state are brought to the government secretariat and later reunited with their families.
“The most important thing for all of us nowadays, particularly parents is to make sure that our children learn something apart from their academic qualifications.
“This is why entrepreneurship has been introduced in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“Our youths should learn something apart from looking for white-collar jobs. No government can employ everybody,’’ he said.
Makinde told newsmen that Gov. Abiola Ajimobi has charged the agency to look at what could be done for the returnees and we will work on it very quickly.
One of the returnees, who identified himself as Oluwatobi, claimed that he holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He said he had paid N430,000 for the chance to travel to Europe through Libya after his four-month contract with a commercial bank in Nigeria was not renewed.
He recounted his bitter experiences in the desert, particularly how he survived when the boat he boarded capsized and he had to swim to the bank of the river.