FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

4 December 2012

Gambia: What Happened to the Returnees From Libya?

We have been informed by some family members that even though some of their loved ones had called them to state that the United Nations has facilitated their return to the Gambia they are yet to see them and are very worried about their security and wellbeing.

Readers would recall that the Immigration Department has already drawn the attention of the public to the return of 226 Gambian youths who were stranded in Libya and Niger and had finally been able to return.

The youths were advised to find ways and means of improving their lot at home.

Foroyaa was expecting that by now the Ministry of Youths and Sports would have taken over to establish a Youth advisory bureau which would counsel the young people to know where to access the funds available to encourage youths to engage in self -employment schemes to improve their livelihood.

We are not sure whether the families are referring to the first batch or another batch.

Foroyaa will speak to the Immigration authorities to find out whether some youths are still under the custody and ask what parents should do if their family members are in custody.

Foroyaa will speak to the officials at the Ministry of youths to find out what projects are available to support the young people who want to engage in gainful employment.

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