- Advertisement -The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days having been stranded in the volatile country enroute Europe. The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 116 Nigerians who arrived the country on Friday morning. No fewer than 3,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya through the IOM supported programme in the last few months. Maihajja, represented by Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, said that the Nigerians returned in various batches between Dec.5 and Dec.15 with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). - Advertisement -According to him, the figure has already surpassed the 1, 295 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya in the month of November.
December 15, 2017 08:37 UTC
Related NewsThe International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the European Union, EU, on Thursday facilitated the return of 249 more Nigerians from Libya. They were received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja. No fewer than 3,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya through the IOM supported programme in the last few months. NAN reports that 387 others had, on Tuesday, returned from the volatile North African country where they had been stranded enroute Europe. As at the time of filing this report, another batch of Nigerians was being expected from Libya, as their aircraft was said to be on the way from Tripoli.
December 15, 2017 07:07 UTC
- Advertisement -Nigeria U23 striker Kufre Ebong has signed a three-year contract with Libyan club Al Ahli of Benghazy. In recent times the likes of Anthony Okpotu and Victor Namo have featured in war-torn Libya. The 22-year-old Ebong has previously played in Northern Cyprus as well as Albania. - Advertisement -He has also previously played for hometown club Akwa United and Warri Wolves. He featured at the 2015 AFCON U23 in Senegal, which Nigeria won to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
December 15, 2017 06:56 UTC
Nearly 100 migrants were rescued by the Libyan coastguard today from the sea off the coast of Tripoli. According to an official from the city's anti-illegal immigration department, 97 people were rescued from the sea and the group included 21 women and two children. The migrants all originated from Africa and were bound for Europe.
December 15, 2017 04:15 UTC
The meeting started at 3:17 p.m. and ended at 3:23 p.m.Presidential StatementThe full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2017/26 reads as follows:“The Security Council recalls its resolution 1970 (2011) and all subsequent resolutions on Libya. “The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya. “The Security Council reiterates that two years since the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) on 17 December 2015 in Skhirat, the LPA remains the only viable framework to end the Libyan political crisis and that its implementation remains key to holding elections and finalising the political transition. “The Security Council urges the Government of National Accord and all Libyans to work towards the peaceful conclusion of the transitional phase. “The Security Council recalls paragraph 5 of resolution 2259 (2015) and reaffirms that any attempt, including by Libyan parties, to undermine the Libyan‑led, United Nations‑facilitated political process is unacceptable.
December 14, 2017 22:18 UTC
BRUSSELS — European Union nations bickered over migration policy Thursday in an east-west divide centred on several nations that refuse to accept refugee quotas. BRUSSELS — European Union nations bickered over migration policy Thursday in an east-west divide centred on several nations that refuse to accept refugee quotas. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has taken in the largest number of refugees, said the announcement by the Visegrad nations was welcome but not enough. "We need solidarity not just in regulating and steering migration ... on the external borders. The Visegrad nations remain firmly against migrant quotas.
December 14, 2017 19:34 UTC
Xinhua reported the official, on condition of anonymity, as warning that the floating decision cannot be made without the unification of the banking institution. Libya has two Central Banks: one in the east and the second in the west. "There are a number of political parties and officials that are continuously pressuring the Central Bank to float the dinar in order to reduce inflation and high foreign exchange rates in parallel market," the official told Xinhua. Meanwhile, one dollar is worth 9.5 Libyan dinars nowadays in the Libyan black market while the official rates are still at LYD1.4 to $1. Lately, a workshop in Tripoli discussed the possibility of altering the official exchange rate of the Libyan dinar against the foreign currencies in order to put an end to the soaring exchange rates in the black market.
December 14, 2017 17:26 UTC
The Mayor of Zliten, Muftah Hammadi, has launched a campaign to renovate historic buildings in the municipality under a project with the slogan “a city without historical buildings is a city without a past.”Hammadi and a team of specialists in ancient architecture visited the historic buildings in the city to start the project and restore a number of buildings and facilities using old fashioned techniques. The buildings included the almtasrpia and the Ottoman kushla building as well as the Italian municipality, old museum, municipality Mosque, court building and the reconstruction of the gardens overlooking these buildings.
December 14, 2017 17:03 UTC
A Libyan Coast Guard patrol has intercepted Wednesday a group of illegal immigrants from African nationalities off the coast of Garabulli town, east of Tripoli. A source from the Coast Guard said the 116 migrants, who included five women and 14 children, were on board a rubber boat en route to Italy. The source added that the migrants are from Mali, Nigeria, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Guinea.
December 14, 2017 16:52 UTC
The United Nations Economic and Social Council said Libya's real GDP grew in 2017. According to a report prepared by the Council on Wednesday, high oil and gas prices supported Libya's real GDP growth, and they expected that growth to remain at the same pace for 2018 thanks to improved prices and fuel production. The report excludes Libya from its forecast of 3.5 to 3.7 percent growth in Africa in 2018 and 2019, adding that it is estimated that African economies have expanded by a percentage of 2.6 with the exception of Libya, which they estimated a growth of 1.7 percent in 2016.
December 14, 2017 16:52 UTC
The head of the Russian contact group on Libya, Lev Dengov, said talks regarding the reconstruction of Libya's oil depots by Russian companies will start next year. Dengov told Russia's Sputnik on Wednesday that there are requests from Libya for Russian companies to deal with this issue as they greatly value the qualifications of our specialists and this will be discussed with our companies that can provide such assistance. He added that talks between the two sides in this regard will begin next year 2018.
December 14, 2017 16:41 UTC
Brussels, Dec 14 (AFP) Around 15,000 African migrants will be repatriated from Libya in the next two months under an emergency plan to stop abuses there, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today. Mogherini, ahead of an EU summit, said the repatriations should be done by February. “In only two months we hope and we expect to manage to assist the voluntary return of 15,000 people,” she told reporters in Brussels. Mogherini, a former Italian foreign minister, said 2,000 migrants have been returned to their homes since the Abidjan summit. Mogherini said she would also ask EU member states at a summit dinner to contribute more to the trust fund.
December 14, 2017 13:52 UTC
- Advertisement -Edo Libyan Returnees and mother of four, Ms Blessing Braimah, on Thursday in Benin, narrated how she midwifed the delivery of five babies in a Libya detention camp without any medical attention. Blessings disclosed this as the Edo Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, stated that 1, 439 Libya returnees have been received by the state government within the last six weeks. According to her, “I had to do it as there was no one else to help these women deliver their babies. Live in the camp is just like that of the popular saying, ‘to your tenth oh Israel’. - Advertisement -“My experince in Libya is horrifying; from the journey through the desert, sound of guns everywhere and the terrible live in the camp.
December 14, 2017 13:18 UTC
- Advertisement -The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have offered 35 million euros (41 million dollars) to assist an EU project aiming at beefing up border protection in Libya. The Czech Republic has contributed 1.66 million euros to the fund so far, being one of the biggest contributors in Central and East Europe. Earlier this year, the Czech government approved 25 million crowns worth of a contribution to the Libyan coast guards. on Friday, the Czech Republic launched a project together with Italy, which focuses on improving the situation of people in the Ivory Coast. The Czech contribution of 26 million crowns is designated to improve healthcare in this country and facilitate refugees’ return, the government office wrote.
December 14, 2017 12:33 UTC
The Deputy Chairman of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Ghaith Ali hosted the Deputy Director-General for African and Middle East Affairs of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his accompanying delegation at the headquarters of the GECOL. The meeting focused on setting the mechanism needed for completion of suspended projects, including West Tripoli, Gulf of Sirte and Zueitina power stations. The Korean delegation also visited the site of the west Tripoli station in Janzur where a meeting was held with the project manager, the director of the station and a number of engineers. According to the information office of GECOL, the delegation then toured the site of the project and was briefed on the equipment of the project, which was maintained by the security personnel assigned to protect it.
December 14, 2017 12:22 UTC