Oyo State Government on Monday received another batch of nine Libya returnees, who are citizens of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees, who are females, were received by Chief Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, at the governor’s office in Ibadan.
NAN also reports that the state government had last week received 11 returnees, who were indigenes of the state as the first batch from the troubled Libya.
Adeyemo charged parents to effectively watch the whereabouts and welfare of their children.
“We heard a lot of unpalatable news in the media about you being used as slaves in a foreign land, and you can’t go to their courts.
“But the joy of government is that we are happy that you are here present. By the grace of God, within a short period of time, you will recover from all the treatment you experienced in Libya.
“I advise you to learn several informal jobs like hairdressing, tailoring, shoemaking. There must be dignity of labour in all we do though we know that some Nigerians just want cheap money.
“If you are patient in Nigeria, you will definitely get some work to do. Now that you are here, go straight to your homes, learn a trade and later become an employer of labour,” he said.
The deputy governor urged the parents to take them to the hospital to be sure they are healthy.
He said the Oyo government would give each of the returnees N10, 000 to start up and enjoined them not to be afraid to go back to their houses.
One of the returnees, Olaiya told newsmen that she paid N1.4 million with her sister for the Libyan trip.
“When we lost our parents, someone introduced us to the idea of going to Libya.
“I worked as a maid with an Arab family for 22 months.
“I helped her to clean her house because she stays alone. I left Nigeria March 14 and got to Libya March 28 and started working.
“We returned when people at home started calling for us to return,” she said.