The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, says his country has suspended issuing working visas to Nigerians seeking to work in Lebanon, particularly for domestic work.
A statement by Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM Abdur-Rahman Balogun says the Ambassador made this known in Abuja when he received the Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in his Abuja office.
Ambassador Diab stated that the suspension started since May 1, as a result of complaints of abuse by some employers as well as the case of the video of Peace Busari, a Nigerian lady, auctioned for sale for $1000 on Social media in April this year, went viral.
He explained that the man who committed the act was not a Lebanese , but a Lebanese resident and has since been charged to court in Lebanon.
The Ambassador said so far, the Lebanese government in collaboration with the Lebanese community in Nigeria had brought back 69 out of 79 Nigerians allegedly stranded back to the country.
He explained that the remaining 10 Nigerians, who would be transported home soon after the Covid-19 lockdown, have some pending legal cases and would be repatriated home once they are through with their cases.
He clarified that the Embassy and the Lebanese community paid over $150,000 USD to evacuate the 69 Nigerians and also paid for their 14 days quarantine,
He added that they were not in Lebanon illegally but were abused by their employers who also breached the working agreement and did not have money to bring them back.
The chairman NIDCOM Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa called on the Ambassador to ensure that whatever cases the 10 Nigerians left behind were being charged with, should be expeditiously dealt with so they can return home.
She said the Commission would work with the Ministry of Labour to have an effective and efficiently managed migration, working scheme where verification and certification must be provided between agents, employers and prospective employees that would protect the rights of workers in any country.
The Chairman commended the Ambassador for his assistance especially in evacuating 69 Nigerians and the safe release of the Nigerian lady who was advertised for sale on social media.
Highlight of the meeting include a resolution by both the Lebanese Ambassador and the Chairman, NiDCOM, to work for an effective collaboration between the Lebanese Diaspora and the Nigerians Diaspora.