The Edo State Government in partnership with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Haven for Rehabilitation and Reintegration Foundation, has completed a two-day empowerment programme for ten Libya returnees.
In his address, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon. Paul Ohonbamu said the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration will sustain training programmes to restore the dignity to the returnees in the state, as part of initiatives to reintegrate the returnees into the society.
He noted, “Governor Obaseki places premium on the lives of every Edo son and daughter and has sworn to protect and defend them. The governor has continued to deliver services to the people and has remained committed in ensuring the people enjoy the dividends of democracy. Hence, as we receive returnees, we are partnering with well-meaning members of the society to prepare them to be useful to themselves and the society at large.”
Ohonbamu said steps taken by the governor so far show that he wants the best for Edo people, noting, “Obaseki is working hard to ensure prosperity for the people as he restores their hope and pride as a people.”
Chief Executive Officer, Haven for Rehabilitation and Reintegration Foundation, Queen Klopper, a Germany-based Edo indigene, said she was motivated to support the government’s initiatives in training and providing means of employment for the returnees.
She noted, “I am here to support the Edo state Government in training, empowering and resettling 10 Libya returnees as part of my contribution to encourage the government to continue to do more for Edo people.
“After the training, the best five persons would be taken to Abuja for a two-week further training. At the end of the training in Abuja, these best five persons will get financial reward and start-up kits.”
She said, “We thank the Edo State Government for taking care of our stranded brothers and sisters in Libya. We are ready to support, partner and play our roles in helping the government achieve its goals to make life better for all Edo people.”
One of the trainees, Deborah Agbonwanetien, expressed appreciation to the Oba of Benin, the state government, the foundation, and other concerned Edo citizens who contributed in one way or the other to restore their hope and pride.
She said the gesture has restored their sense of being, after the harrowing experience they went through trying to seek greener pastures abroad. “I am really happy that I have the opportunity to start again as this will empower us, keeping us busy and occupied,” she added.