By Tordue Salem
According to the Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, DTCA Dr. Sule Yakubu, over 250,000 children were born to Nigerian soldiers who participated in peace keeping in ECOMOG operations in Liberia.
The ECOMOG predominated by Nigerian soldiers, was formed as a peaceful intervention force during the civil war in Liberia in 1990.
Dr. Yakubu, who spoke during an interactive session with theÂ Abike Dabiri-Erewa-led Committee on Diaspora said that majority of the children do not know their fathers while their mothers have been on a life-long search for their fathers, most of whom are believed to have re-located to Nigeria.
In a brief chat with journalists after the meeting, the DTCA DG disclosed that the committee on Diaspora has agreed to visit Liberia to see for its self.
â€œHon. Abike is going to undertake a trip to Liberia to find out what is happeningÂ and how we can engage with them and the like,â€ he said.
Mr. Yakubu said â€œthe mothers are trying to make sure they are properly documented as Liberians and so on,â€ he added
He however assured that though his agency is only concerned with the issues of experts and professionals in the Diaspora, â€œthe Nigerian embassy in Liberia is doing something about it.â€
He also said that the Federal Government â€œcanâ€™t run away from her own people they are our people; they are still young and they need schooling and they will also need to be nurtured just like every other Nigerian.
The Committee was also briefed by a delegation of Nigerians living in Gabon, where over 200, 000 Nigerians are allegedly living illegally, and may be deported at the end of 2010.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Babatunde Egin, who was assured of the Committeeâ€™s intervention, regretted that the Nigerian Government was one of a few countries without any ties with the French-speaking African Country.