House of Representatives finally reunite Oman returnee with family
A Nigerian who was previously enslaved in Oman has been reunited with her family by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, a member of the House, made this disclosure on Wednesday.
Akande-Sadipe who represents Oluyole Federal Constituency in Oyo State said the returnee, Adunni Nafisat Oseni who was repatriated, has been reunited with her family.
The lawmaker said the returnee is an indigene of Oyo State.
The Reps member, who doubles as the Chairperson, House Committee on Diaspora, in a statement in Ibadan through his Media Aide, Olamilekan Olusada, said the victim was denied the opportunity to return home by her employers until her office intervened.
She added that the returnee willingly submitted herself to be repatriated back to Nigeria due to the inhumane situation she and many others were subjected to in Oman.
Akande-Sadipe said, “As it stands today, we have over 20, 000 Nigerian girls living in tents in Mali, an African country. Over 40, 000 girls in Lebanon”, she said.
“We have a responsive 9th Assembly, under Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila which is putting in place the right laws that would guide against this incessant occurrence.”
The lawmaker while speaking on the delay of 35 Nigerians at the Ghanaian border, said the proper arm of the executive has picked up the responsibility.
She called for further collaboration among all relevant governments in rehabilitating the girls, who she noted left the country for socio-economic reasons.
“The ugly situation in the country, led Nigerians to these unsafe countries, in search of greener pastures. However, they became victims and targets of attack in those countries Nigeria has no bilateral relationship with. They come back home, most times, with nothing.
“The Ministry needs to take charge of its responsibilities and functions in ensuring they check if Nigeria has bilateral relationships with some of the countries Nigerians are being trafficked to. We should start from there first.”