By Igbaugba Ehigimetor
Some returnees from Libya have appealed to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to meet his pledge and launch the grant of N100 million for 150 hectares of land to them.
They appealed to the governor to offer the land he promised to the 150 skilled returnees.
Some of the skilled returnees made this enchantment once they spoke with journalists in Benin on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the state authorities in November 2017 organised two weeks coaching programme on numerous points of agriculture to a few of the returnees.
The returnees, who’re indigenes of the state, had been skilled on poultry, fishery, meals processing and crop planting.
Obaseki had on the closing ceremony of the 2 weeks programme, introduced the approval of N100 million seed grant in addition to 150 hectares of land as seed grant for the skilled returnees.
The governor stated that the State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), would work with the returnees for the implementation of the venture.
However, a few of the returnees who pleaded anonymity stated they had been at the hours of darkness on the implementation of the programme nearly two months after the approval was made.
“January is nearly gone and we’re completely at loss as to what’s occurring to the venture that’s meant to cushion the impact of what a few of us who returned from Libya.
“It is our perception that when carried out, we will likely be gainfully and meaningfully engaged and thus stopping us from being concerned in social vices.
“We additionally consider that with well timed launch or implementation of the programme, those that are but to be skilled will likely be inspired in addition to prevented from going again to Libya.
“Whether we like it or not, some of those that have returned are still planning to go back to that country because of the hardship in the country,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the federal government had pleaded for endurance from the returnees as modalities for the implementation of the programme was being drawn out.
Mr Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, made the enchantment whereas reacting to the decision by the returnees.
He stated the governor remained dedicated to the course and had been working assiduously to make sure well timed launch of the fund.
“I can inform you that he (Obaseki) has not relented on making certain higher life for the returnees, particularly to encourage the returned as soon as to remain again residence and discouraged these planning to depart.
“It is for that reason he graciously accepted the coaching programme and the following the approval of the seed grant and 150 hectares of land.
“It will even curiosity you to know that about 600 others have returned and so they have began receiving a month-to-month stipend of N20, 000, which can final for 3 months pending their scheduled coaching programme.
“So, I am also appealing to them to be patient as they have not been forgotten by the governor who has been working very hard toward this course,” he stated.