MEPN tasks Nigerian government on consular support for irregular migrants

Press Statement: November 2018

The Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN) calls on the Federal Government to significantly increase consular support to Nigerian irregular migrants in the transit and destination countries.

Migrants stranded, especially in transit, are left totally to the mercy of the very traffickers who took them to their precarious situation.

According to international organisations, the ensuing desperation make most migrants take reckless risks to escape their seemingly hopeless situation in the transit countries, where they are exposed to exploitation and often horrendous human rights abuse.

This explains why many migrants still take the suicidal risk of boarding rickety boats in their bid to cross the Mediterranean to safety in Europe, which is why migrants continue to die daily in the Mediterranean Sea. This year, more than 2,000 migrants, many of whom are Nigerians, have drowned.

Despite the more than 15,000 migrants who have been returned to Nigeria since the beginning of last year, thousands of Nigerians are believed to still be stranded outside the country in different transit countries, especially in Libya, Morocco and Egypt.

The number of people held in deplorable conditions in Libyan detention camps has risen dramatically this year, according to international humanitarian organisations.

Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher Siala recently admitted that its detention facilities still held many sub-Saharan migrants whom the country did not know what to do with.

Siala estimated that around 30,000 irregular migrants were currently held in detention centres in Libya “and around 750,000 outside”. Tripoli was working with the EU to send the migrants to their home countries, he said. “But unfortunately, some of these countries – many West African countries – refuse to take them back,” Siala claimed.

The MEPN reiterates its call to the Federal Government to demand access to Nigerians detained in Libya and make renewed effort in collaboration with international organisations to repatriate them back home.

The time has come for ECOWAS member states to collaborate on a common contingency plan that will enable the bloc‘s citizens in distress in North African countries to get assistance from any member state’s embassy or consulate. Such collaboration will reinforce the protection of ECOWAS’s citizens and will be a strong sign of Community solidarity.

If irregular migrants are provided the necessary consular protection, more lives could be saved, say experts.

In view of the suffering of irregular migrants and the dangers that most are exposed to in the different transit countries in which they’re presently stranded, the time for Nigeria and ECOWAS to act is now.

Signed: Kenneth Gbandi and Femi Awoniyi, Co-Directors of MEPN


*The MEPN is currently carrying out a campaign to promote a greater awareness of the risks and dangers of irregular migration in Nigeria.

**Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of each country, there is a service dealing with consular affairs. Under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, consular assistance is help and advice provided by the diplomatic agents of a country to citizens of that country who are living or travelling overseas. This assistance includes advice and support to distressed travellers, victims of serious crime and arranging for their repatriation.


Application for Admission to a One year Agricultural Training Programme for 2018/2019 Session


Application deadline: 30th November, 2018

Screening/Examination: Saturday 1st December, 2018

The Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) is a charitable company dedicated to the training of farmers in modern and sustainable agricultural practices and rational use of natural resources.

The Foundation has been running agricultural training for youths and farmers since 1987 and currently has six schools in the different agro-ecological zones in Nigeria. The schools are located in the FCT, Osun, Kaduna, Kano and Gombe States are co-financed by Leventis Foundation and the respective State Governments. All the schools offer training to young people (male and female) desirous of making a good career in farming. The comprehensive one-year training exposes the participants to several areas of agriculture and other farm businesses.

The objective of the training, which is FREE OF ALL COSTS, is to create in Nigeria, generations of committed young practical farmers who will act as catalysts for agricultural revolution in their communities.

Admission is open to both male and female candidates. Tuition and boarding (including feeding) is provided free of charge for successful candidates throughout the duration of the course.

Admission Requirement

Applicants should fulfill the following conditions among others;

(a) Be physically fit

(b) Ability to read and write in English (evidence of minimum of junior secondary school may be required)

(c) Age between 18 and 40 years.

(d) Pass both written and oral test prior to final selection

(e) Should demonstrate perceivable interest in agriculture

(f) Proof of farming background is an advantage.

Method of Application

Application in applicant’s own hand writing including concrete information in respect of each of the above requirements together with a letter signed by the Chairman or Secretary of the candidate’s Local Government of Origin, or an attestation letter from a Justice of Peace (JP), two (2) recent passport size photographs, three (3) references and photocopies of academic qualification(s) or relevant documents should be forwarded to any of the addresses below, preferably, to the school of choice.

(1) Leventis Foundation/ Osun State

Agricultural Training School

Imo, P.M.B. 5074 Ilesa

Osun State

(2) Leventis Foundation/ Kaduna State

Agricultural Training School

Dogon Dawa, Birini Gwari LG,

P.M.B 1047, Zaria Kaduna State.

(3) Leventis Foundation/ Kano State

Agricultural Training School

Panda, Albasu Local Government

P.M.B. 3555, Kano State

(4) Leventis Foundation/Gombe State

Agricultural Training School

Tumu, Akko Local Government

Gombe State.

(5) Leventis Foundation /FCT

Agricultural Training School

Yaba, Abaji Area Council

P.M.B. 001, Abaji,



(6) The General Manager (Technical and Training)

Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) Ltd/Gte

2, Leventis Close, Central Business District

P.O.Box 20351, Garki Abuja, FCT.


In addition to the regular one-year training, all Leventis (Nigeria) schools offer a variety of vocational targeted short courses in several aspects of farming e.g. poultry production, vegetable production, bee-keeping, honey production, fish farming, mushroom production e.t.c.

Application deadline: 30th November, 2018

Screening/Examination: Saturday 1st December, 2018

For further enquiries, please contact:

Mrs Janet Egbe-Owoicho, Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) Ltd/Gte

Email:, Tel: 0708 552 4233

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