The mass evacuation of stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya is scheduled to begin today.
Five thousand and 37 stranded migrants will be evacuated in the exercise being spearheaded by the federal government.
Ahead of the evacuation exercise, a federal government delegation led by foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyema, arrived Tripoli, the Libyan capital last Wednesday.
Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti, said two Nigerian airlines were contracted to transport the stranded migrants back to the country.
Ahead of their arrival in the country, NEMA spokesman said that a reception centre had been set up in Port Harcourt, from where they will be transported to their various states.
“A total of 5, 037 stranded citizens have been identified for evacuation home.
“The Nigerian mission in Libya is coordinating the identification of the Nigerian migrants with the support of the International Organisation for Migration.
“They are being joined by a technical team for the evacuation exercise comprising representatives of all relevant agencies.
“A reception centre has been established in Port Harcourt where the returnees on their arrival would be formally received and profiled before being transported to their various states,” Mr. Datti said.