Nigerians To Start Paying Increased Electricity Tariffs From April, Says NERC

NERC Chairman, Professor James Momoh, addressing a news conference in Abuja on January 6, 2020.

 

 

Following an outcry over the decision to increase electricity tariffs in the country, the Nigerian Government says the implementation will commence in April.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Professor James Momoh, stated this while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

On Saturday, Channels Television reported that NERC has approved the immediate review of electricity tariffs across the country.

A series of documents dated December 31, 2019 indicate an increase that ranges from 59.7 per cent to 77.6 per cent.

The increase affects all categories of electricity consumers, except those classified as residential (R1) whose N4 per kWh charge was left unchanged.

According to the documents jointly signed by Professor Momoh and the Commissioner for Legal, License, and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, the NERC said the reviewed tariffs were effective January 1, 2020.

The development affects the 11 Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country such as Abuja DISCO, Benin DISCO, Enugu DISCO, and Eko DISCO.

Others are Ibadan DISCO, Ikeja DISCO, Jos DISCO, Kaduna DISCO, Kano DISCO, Port Harcourt DISCO, and Yola DISCO.

This sparked widespread criticism of the government, apparently forcing the NERC to make further clarification on the controversy.

At Monday’s press conference, Professor Momoh explained that the review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) does not mean an immediate increase in tariff for electricity consumers.

He added that the commission would engage the public on the planned review in the next three months, before deciding on any implementation.

The NERC boss also said the electricity body would begin the regulation of estimated billing by electricity distribution companies who fail to provide meters for their customers.

In a bid to further explain the rationale behind its decision, the regulatory body issued a statement.

Read the statement below:

TARIFF REVIEW CLARIFICATION.

We make this statement to inform all our esteemed customers that we are not unmindful of news making the rounds that Electricity tariffs have been increased effective January 1 2020 as reported in some print and electronic media.

For clarity and improved understanding, we state the following points:

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is primarily regulated by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

NERC is empowered by the EPSR Act (EPSRA) to make Orders and Declarations in a manner promoting efficiency and sustainability within the NESI.

NERC is empowered by EPSRA to carry out minor reviews of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2015 (the Electricity Tariff), twice a year.

An accurate electricity tariff assists greatly in ensuring efficient power supply delivery from the different stages of the electricity process, from Generation through Transmission to Distribution, as it assures stakeholders and participants of their costs recovery and return on investment. This makes the business viable.

NERC has just reviewed the MYTO 2015 and has published an Order on Tariffs and Minimum Remittance for Jan-June 2020.

The tariffs anticipate changes in the currency exchange rates between the United States and Nigeria, changes in the rate of inflation and Gas prices.

The Tariffs shall remain the same as they presently are (i.e. 2015 levels) until April 01 2020 when there will be a slight increment to cater to tariff shortfalls which shall be gradually passed on to the consumer until this is fully completed by the end of 2021.

In view of the foregoing, we state emphatically that there shall be no change or increase in the existing Electricity tariff until April 01 2020 when the new adjusted tariffs shall begin to gradually reflect the dynamism of our macro-economy.

We sincerely hope that this statement substantially clarifies the accurate position and allays any fears and concerns, our esteemed customers may have.

We thank you for your continuing patronage.

Signed.

ANED

Nigerians Usher In 2020 With Prayers, Fireworks

 

Nigerians have joined the rest of the world to usher in the new year 2020.

In most parts of the country, many Christians visited various churches where services were held since Tuesday night to herald the New Year.

While the religious citizens were engaged in prayers and thanksgiving services, some Nigerians visited centres and parks where official countdown concerts took place.

The year 2020 first berthed in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and some other countries before Nigeria.

 

In Nigeria, just as the clock struck 12 am on Wednesday, signaling the beginning of a new year, citizens took to the streets in jubilation across the country.

At some of the centres of attraction in Lagos, fireworks lit up the skies, displaying bright and colourful sceneries.

Although President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the nation today, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and some state governors among other leaders wished the people a Happy New Year.


In his message, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the year 2020 would usher in robust peace and economic growth for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Lawan congratulated Nigerians on witnessing the end of 2019 and the beginning of the year 2020 and hailed the resilience of the citizens in their commitment to the unity and prosperity of the country, as well as for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

“I have no doubt in my mind that with the timely passage of the budget, restoration of the January to December financial year and other amendments recently made to our laws by the ninth National Assembly, the economy will enjoy significant growth in the new year,” Lawan said.

 

Mr Gbajabiamila, on his part, felicitated with Nigerians for witnessing the end of the year 2019 and marking the beginning of the New Year, 2020.

The Speaker, who noted that 2019 was remarkable in Nigeria’s history, said he believes 2020 would be better for the citizens.

He added that God has been faithful to Nigerians in the outgoing year and called for more unity of purpose among the citizens.

A file photo of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

 

The lawmaker said, “It’s just like yesterday that we ushered in the year 2019, and in a matter of hours, we will usher another year, 2020. In all, we should thank our Creator for seeing us through the outgoing year and allowing us to see the New Year.

“This New Year, let’s unite more against our challenges. Let’s be our brother’s keepers as always. Our resolve to remain together as a people should be unshakeable.

“We cannot relent in our prayers for continuous peaceful coexistence among us. Let this 2020 be a year of more prospects for the citizens.”

“As an optimist, I have a strong belief that the year 2020 will be better for the country in all ramifications. Let’s not despair. Let’s keep hope alive, and God Almighty will see us through.

“At this moment of celebrations, I join millions of Nigerians to wish my compatriots a prosperous New Year,” Gbajabiamila added.

Similarly, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said the coming of the New Year 2020 is symbolic in many ways.

He said, “First, it heralds a brand new decade. Secondly, and probably more important, is that this New Year will require us all to stay together more than ever before to take on, head front, the common enemy of insecurity that challenge our everyday lives as Nigerians.

“I do not share the sentiment when some people claim that the outgone 2019 was a successful year for Nigerians. Such sentiments is reductionist and does the harm of making us have a false sense of victory.

“The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard time in accessing basic needs of life.”

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

“In this New Year, however, I will rather ask that Nigerians stand together with renewed vigour and determination to battle the hydra-headed demon of insecurity that has plagued us in the past decade.

“We must challenge the inadequacies that made us become the global headquarters of extreme poverty; much as we must work hard and fast enough to eliminate the scourge of out-of-school children in the country. These are the challenges that this new decade has thrown at us and we cannot afford to slumber and submit to defeat,” Atiku added.

We Will Not Let Nigerians Down – APC

A file photo of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has given the assurance that the Muhammadu Buhari would not disappoint Nigerians.

In its New Year message on Tuesday, the party promised to protect the trust and faith Nigerians have placed in the APC-led government.

“We will not let Nigerians down. We urge Nigerians to also play their part by cooperating with the government to achieve its development plans for our shared progress,” it said in a statement by its spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

The APC noted the President’s assent to the 2020 budget and described it as a landmark return to the January-December budget cycle.

According to it, Nigerians are assured that the ongoing infrastructural development covering the rail, road, agriculture, aviation, port, education, and health sectors would be given a further fillip.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari government is vigorously tackling and solving the social, economic and security challenges our country faces one after the other.

“Government’s successes in plugging revenue leakages, checking violent extremism, oil sector reforms, anti-corruption, economic diversification, curbing waste, infrastructure development among other achievements are profound testament,” it added.

The party also promised Nigerians that the government would further intensify and faithfully execute its policies and programmes in the new year.

It called on its supporters to cooperate with the recently-constituted National Reconciliation Committee empowered to address the grievances of members and resolve existing conflicts.

The APC explained that this was important to foster unity and oneness within the party across the country.

Unemployment: APC Has Overstretched The Limits Of Nigerians – PDP

Ex-Adamawa Deputy Governor Tahir Dumps PDP For APC

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the rate of unemployment in the country, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) has overstretched the limits of Nigerians.

It also accused the ruling party of trivialising and politicising the frightening level under it and warned the APC to get ready to face the consequences.

The main opposition party made the claims in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

“The PDP holds that for attempting to distort and muffle facts on unemployment, which are already in the public domain, the APC has confirmed that it remains an automated lying machine, which has never been interested in the welfare of Nigerians,” the PDP alleged in the statement.

It added, “It is imperative to also state that with its latest deportment, the APC has completed the trappings of a dying party and leaves no one in doubt that it has always been a power-grabbing special purpose vehicle, which has now come to the end of its journey.”

 

A Serious National Problem

The opposition party quoted the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, as saying in a publication that unemployment rate was at a frightening 23.1 per cent while raising alarm that the rate would likely hit 33.5 per cent in the new year.

It insisted that the number of unemployed persons and job losses across the formal and informal sectors had surge under the present administration.

The PDP added that Ngige, while declaring open a two-day workshop on unemployment, reportedly described the situation as scary.

“The APC also chose not to remember that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in an earlier report, stated that 16 million Nigerians (which has now risen to 18 million) were unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million, reportedly refused to work in 2016 for various reasons not unrelated to frustration in the polity under the APC administration.

“It is completely unpardonable that rather than accepting the truth and seeking for a solution to the looming unemployment Armageddon, the APC seeks to trivialise and politicise a serious national problem,” the PDP claimed.

It also accused the ruling party of justifying its wrongdoings and engaging in “under-the-table system of selective employment of a few”.

Among other allegations, the PDP asked the APC to “take responsibility for the mortgaging of our nation with the $83 billion debt accumulated by its administration”.

Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian

Pretoria High Court, South Africa.

 

The trial of eight South African police officers charged with the torture and murder of Nigerian National, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.

The eight police officers – two women and six men – were arrested in October 2017 by police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, for the torture and the murder of 25-year-old Badmus who was accused of selling drugs in the Vanderbijlpark area.

READ ALSO: Eight South African Police Officers Face Trial Over Nigerian’s Death

The court has heard that on a fateful day – October 10 2017- police officers pounced on the community where the deceased used to stay following a tip-off about drugs being sold in the house.

In their affidavits, the eight cops claim that while conducting their operation they found Badmus unresponsive from a drug overdose.

This version of events was disputed by state witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident.

Ozor took to the stand and told Judge Mokhine Mosopa that the police broke into the house, started searching and questioning everyone, then moved to search Badmus’s room and beat him up.

Ozor added that one of the police officials then fetched a plastic bag that was then wrapped around the deceased’s head, suffocating him to death.

A paramedic that attended to the scene John Gous told the court that when medical officials arrived, the 25-year-old was unresponsive and sweaty with no pulse but there were no signs of physical injuries.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The trial continues on Friday at the Pretoria High Court with an investigating officer and a medical doctor expected to take to the stand.

Speaking to Channels Television in Johannesburg, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says she’s happy with the progress being made with the case and hopes justice will be done.

Nigerians Yet To Benefit From N1trn Constituency Projects, Says Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians, especially those at the grassroots are yet to benefit from the constituency projects by members of the National Assembly.

He noted that despite spending huge sums of money running into hundreds of billions of naira on such projects, the people were yet to feel the impact.

The President made the remarks in his speech at the national summit on ‘Diminishing Corruption in the Public Service’ which held on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

The Worst Fears

“It is on record that in the past 10 years, N1trillion has been appropriated for constituency projects yet the impact of such huge spending on the lives and welfare of ordinary Nigerians can hardly be seen,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

The President added, “The first phase report of tracking these projects by ICPC confirms our worst fears that people at the grassroots have not benefited in terms commensurate with the huge sums appropriated for constituency projects since inception.

“I am, therefore, delighted that through the effort of ICPC, some contractors are returning to the site to execute projects hitherto abandoned and that project sponsors are being held to account.”

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President Buhari commended the new Board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for major enforcement and preventive initiatives in this regard.

According to him, steps taken by the anti-graft agency include the System Study Review, tracking of zonal intervention projects (constituency projects), and collaboration with the National Social Investment Office.

“The ICPC has my full support and the support of this government to hold fully to account contractors, complicit public servants and project sponsors who divert funds meant for constituencies or other people-oriented welfare projects of our government or who by other means reduce the quality and value of such projects meant for our people,” the President assured.

On assets recovery, he reaffirmed that his administration would continue to support anti-corruption agencies to recover all ill-gotten wealth and prosecute offenders.

President Buhari insisted that all fully recovered physical assets would be sold and the proceeds remitted to the nation’s treasury.

Enforcement activities by anti-corruption agencies, according to him, have continued to reveal that some public officers possess properties and assets way beyond their legitimate sources of income.

He stated that asset recovery cases in court also revealed that some “criminally-minded” public officials were quick to disown such properties during investigations and in court.

“Recovered assets will continue to be deployed in the provision of needed infrastructure and social welfare programmes. The National Social Investment Programme is already utilising recovered funds to touch the lives of vulnerable Nigerians.

“I, therefore, commend the partnership between the ICPC and the National Social Investment Office to ensure that beneficiaries of government social intervention programmes are not short-changed along the line by unpatriotic officials,” the President said.

 

A Catalyst For Insecurity

He described corruption as the cause of many major problems facing Nigeria and reiterated his administration’s commitment to tackling it.

President Buhari believes corruption is a catalyst for poverty, insecurity, weak educational system, poor health facilities and services, among many other ills of the society.

He, however, gave assurance that his administration was working hard to overcome corruption which he said has inhibited the ability of the government to deliver infrastructure and basic services to the people.

“That is why I have reiterated on many occasions that corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria.

‘‘Corruption is furthermore, a major threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the socio-economic transformation we are all working hard to bring about in Nigeria,” the President told the gathering at the summit.

A highpoint of the event was the presentation of integrity award to an Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar, and Mrs Josephine Ugwu of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), by the President.

Abubakar was awarded for rejecting $412,000 (N150 million) per container bribe offered to him by drug traffickers to import 40 containers laden with tramadol.

On the other hand, Ugwu is a former cleaner at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos who had on different occasions returned millions of naira found in the course of her duty, including the sum of $12 million forgotten in the toilet by an airport user.

Xenophobia: South Africans Attack Nigerians Again

FILE PHOTO: A protestor gestures and holds a placard during a demonstration in front of the South African Embassy in Lusaka on September 4, 2019 to protest against Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the Rainbow Nation. SALIM DAWOOD / AFP

 

South Africans living in Mpumalamga province have attacked Nigerians in a fresh wave of xenophobic violence.

Channels Television correspondent in South Africa reports that further information concerning the attack is still sketchy as the crew is on its way to the province for details.

The leadership of Nigerian Citizens In South Africa (NICASA) and Nigeria’s Consular General to South Africa are also on their way to Witbank in Mpumalanga province to gather more information on the attack.

This fresh attack comes a few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari visited South Africa and called for the protection of Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in the country.

Buhari during the visit also condemned the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, South Africa’s capital which led to the looting of shops owned by foreign nationals.

He demanded that measures should be put in place to prevent the re-occurrence of the attacks.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa in response repeatedly apologised over the attacks and reiterated his government’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence.”

About 600 Nigerians returned from South Africa early in September after xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. The second batch of 315 Nigerians later returned mid September and many more have continued to leave South Africa in the wave of the deadly attacks.

Why Most Nigerians Will Mind Their Businesses – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with governors of the oil-producing states at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on October 17, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari believes a majority of Nigerians will be less bothered about governance if the needed infrastructure is in place.

He made the remark on Thursday when he received a delegation of governors and leaders of the South-East on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President noted that when a government struggles to put in place measures that would make life easy for the people, they won’t have an alternative than to speak out.

“We’re trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.

President Buhari added, “I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct – the roads, rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses.

“They would not even care who is in government. But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.”

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During the meeting, President Buhari approved the release of N10 billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repair and upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.

He said he was aware of the central nature of the airport to the socio-economic development of the South-East following its closure for repairs since August 24.

The President who noted that he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country declared that his administration was working on remedying the situation.

He appealed to the governors to explain the government’s position to their people, stressing that his administration would not ignore the problems.

“Please, have the courage to continue to explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in government’s effort to rehabilitate infrastructure,” President Buhari pleaded.

He said, “We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix the infrastructure deficit in the country.

“The challenges are there. It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard.”

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State commended the President’s effort towards infrastructural development in the region.

He noted the quality of work at the second Niger Bridge and other ongoing Federal projects in the South-East, including the Enyimba Industrial City in Aba.

Governor Umahi, however, described the condition of inter-state Federal roads in the region as deplorable and urged the President to “kindly declare a state-of-emergency” on them with appropriate directives issued.

Second Batch Of Nigerians From South Africa Arrive In Lagos

 

The second batch of Nigerians being evacuated from South Africa have arrived in Lagos.

The 314 returnees and the Head of Immigration and Consular Matters at Nigeria’s Consulate General in Johannesburg, Mr. Anthony Ogbe, had boarded the Air Peace flight and left South Africa around 3:00 pm on Wednesday.

They arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 7:20 pm and are currently waiting to be profiled by the immigration.


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Air Peace Flight Evacuating Nigerians From S.Africa Granted Landing Permit After Delay

About 319 Nigerians were initially billed to return on Tuesday in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

But their flight was delayed as a result of the airline not obtaining a landing permit on time.

Of the expected passengers, four were later dropped over documentation issues.

 

‘Won’t Go To Heaven With A Dime’

 

Prior to their return, a first batch of 187 Nigerians had been voluntarily evacuated and profiled according to their states.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, Allen Onyema has been recognised for the gesture of using his aircraft to evacuate Nigerians for free.

The lawmakers invited Onyema to the Green Chamber where he was given a rousing welcome, as well as a standing ovation.

He was also recommended for a national award.

In his remarks, the Air Peace Chairman thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.

“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.

“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.

“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the Federal Government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.

I Never Expected Commendation Or Award, Onyema Tells Reps

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace airline, Allen Onyema on Wednesday told the House of Representatives that he never expected to receive a recommendation for a national award.

Onyema was invited to the green chambers and recommended for a national award, after he used his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa, following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.

In his remarks, the Air Peace boss thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.

“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.

“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.

“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the federal government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.

READ ALSO: Xenophobia: Why Air Peace Is Evacuating Nigerians For Free – CEO

Onyema had earlier told Channels Television in an interview that he is using his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa because he wants the world to see Nigeria respected as a nation

Speaking further in the interview, he noted that evacuation of foreigners from another country isn’t a good sign for the affected nation involved.

On Wednesday last week, the Air Peace airline evacuated no fewer than 185 Nigerians who indicate interest to return home as a result of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

Another set of about 319 people are expected to return to the country today but the trip earlier suffered a setback as a result of landing permit.

Having resolved the issue and secured the permit for the plane to land in Johannesburg, Onyema said the South African authorities gave the airline an arrival time.

He insisted that it was not the first time he was making a contribution to the nation’s development and highlighted his role in restoring peace to the Niger Delta in the heat of militancy in the region.

Air Peace Flight Evacuating Nigerians From S.Africa Granted Landing Permit After Delay

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South African authorities have granted the Air Peace Flight B777, a landing permit after an initial delay.

Over 300 Nigerians were expected to return home today as part of the government’s efforts to evacuate Nigerians, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

But according to the airline, they would be taking off later this evening as a result of the delay in obtaining a landing permit.

So far, 187 Nigerians have been successfully evacuated and profiled according to their states.

The Federal Government has also confirmed that none of the returnees are criminals and that issues of compensation for victims will be handled by the ministry of foreign affairs.

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Meanwhile, the Minister, Geoffery Onyeama says the xenophobic attacks will not be on the nation’s agenda at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This according to him, is because he believes both Nigeria and South Africa should be able to sort out their differences privately.

Onyeama disclosed this on Tuesday at a media briefing on Nigeria’s participation at the 74th UNGA holding in New York.

The Minister further stated that the issues of non-renewal of work permits of Nigerians in South Africa and the reports around the cancellation of the residency of the returnees will be discussed by both President Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa during their meeting on October 3.

Xenophobia: Next Batch Of Nigerians To Return On Tuesday

 

The next batch of Nigerians returning from South Africa is set for Tuesday.

The Air peace flight is expected to land at the OR Tambo in the morning for the evacuation.

The Federal Government had on Wednesday evacuated 187 Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks by its citizens on foreigners.

The first batch experienced delay in their flight because the South African officials insisted that some of the evacuated Nigerians did not have travel documents.

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The 187 returnees were the first batch of the 640 Nigerians, who registered for evacuation following the xenophobic attacks.

Meanwhile over the weekend, hundred of people, including South Africans, marched against xenophobia, this comes after  President Cyril Ramaphosa sent Special Envoys to Nigeria and seven other countries to reassure them South Africa remains committed to peace on the continent and the rule of law.

Channels Television also visited one of the guest houses where the voluntary evacuees are being accommodated ahead of their flight home.