(JollofNews) – Gambia’s Information minister Demba Jawo has reassured youths returning from Libya that they will not be left to fend for themselves in the streets.

A large number of Gambians who were left stranded in Libya after failing to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe are being flown back to Banjul thanks to the International Organisation of Migration (IOM).

The migrants left the Gambia with very high expectations but voluntarily agreed to return home empty handed as their hopes were dashed by the hard reality they were confronted with.

And as they try adjust to life back in the Gambia, Mr Jawo said the government will provide support to enable them get back on their feet.

“Those who have decided to return voluntarily, the government will not leave them in the streets like that,” Mr Jawo told journalists on Wednesday during a press conference held at GRTS Building, Kanifing.

Referring to a recent pronouncement by Agriculture Minister Omar Amadou Jallow that the country will be rice self-sufficiency in two years, Mr Jawo added: “There is an urgent need to get them involved into something. If we can be able to empower these young people to go back to the land, that would be a good thing.”

He warned against leaving them in the streets where they can get frustrated.

“We don’t want that to happen. The Gambia Government to stop the “back way” syndrome,” he said.