NOTE: The Unity Centre – located in the UK – is trying to investigate the practice of issuing Emergency Travel Documents to remove/deport people to Nigeria. If anyone knows someone who has been issued ETD or was removed via ETD, who did not meet this criteria, and would like to speak about their direct experiences of this – or experiences representing clients who were removed without meeting the criteria – it would be great to have as many case studies as possible to strengthen the investigation. Please get in touch at email@example.com.
Press Statement from the Nigeria High Commission, based in London:
Building Bridges for Youth Initative
(Rebuilding self and Country)
Address: BLOCK D NO 10 NYANYA NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE, OPPOSITE LIVING FAITH CHURCH PHASE 4 FCT, ABUJA
Building Bridges for Youth Initiative (BBFYI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 and incorporated in 2018 (CAC/IT/NO 119011) with office in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to our official incorporation we had engaged in the reintegration of deported friends and individuals. We have assisted persons facing deportation as well as those who were deported to Nigeria from Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana in the past.
BBFYI saw the need for services that can help such individuals adjust positively to deportation. Given our African roots, we are concerned primarily about the impact of repatriation on Nigerian and African nationals as well as the likely positive impacts that these displaced persons can have on Nigeria’s development when properly equipped. We were inspired to start BBFYI, so as to help them plan for a better tomorrow by focusing on the need to improve their own lives as well as the need to contribute to the development of their home countries.
BBFYI aims to assist in the reintegration of deported persons by collaborating with our partners and other service agencies through Youth empowerment aimed at providing coping skills and the enabling environment for Deportees and youths to lead decent lives and contribute meaningfully to national development. BBFYI has an office in Abuja, Nigeria. Assistance may be provided through various services including:
- Accommodations/Shelter referrals
- Development of an individual post-arrival reintegration plan and skills training
- Drug/alcohol abuse rehab referrals
- Health care referrals
- Help in obtaining National ID, etc.
- Individualized counseling on return and reintegration assistance
- Re-connection with family
- Vocational counseling and Employment/ training referrals
- Volunteer visitation program to deportation camps and facilities
Our name and mission is all about Building Bridges — Bridging Youths with skills/empowerment, Bridging Deportees with Hope in Nigeria/Africa, and Bridging Vulnerable Women with Opportunities/Empowerment.
Centre for Youths Integrated Development (CYID)
Plot #217 Shetima Mungono Crescent, Suite E4 and 5, Upper Grace Plaza, Utako FCT Abuja.
No 111 Marina Rd, Beside Primary Health Centre Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-1-290-4365 or +234-9-292-1158
27 Bentley Road, N1 4BY, London
Tel: +44 78 91 44 80 25
The Centre for Youth Integrated Development (CYID) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 and incorporated in Nigeria 2007 (CAC/IT/NO 26178) and in Finland 2015 (RC215.538) with offices in Abuja, Lagos and Finland. The principal focus of CYID is to provide support services in particular areas to marginalized and vulnerable youth, which includes: Public Enlightenment on Migration/Trafficking in Persons, Advocacy and Community Mobilisation, Returnees’ Re-integration, Capacity-Building on Migration, Foreign Prison Visits.
Post Deportation Support in Nigeria
Tel.: +2348033367067, +2347014651606
Post Deportation Support in Nigeria provides practical and emotional support, picking people up from the airport in Nigeria when they have been deported, helping them to contact any friends or family they may still have in Nigeria, documenting people’s stories to raise awareness of the injustice and violent deportations of foreign nationals from the UK and the impact on their family members, keeping in touch and helping with resettlement – such as finding accommodation and employment.