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Insecurity, Unemployment Responsible For Japa Syndrome — Dabiri-Erewa

Insecurity, Unemployment Responsible For Japa Syndrome — Dabiri-Erewa 

She said that migration is a fundamental human right as it has several positive attributes, but it also has its bad and ugly sides.

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The Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that insecurity and unemployment are factors responsible for the recent ‘Japa’ Syndrome”, stressing the need to make the country conducive for Nigerians.

Dabiri-Erewa, represented by Kanyinsola Adetunmbi, a member of staff of the commission, said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the 6th Abuja School Debate Tournament on ‘Addressing the Japa Syndrome, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.’

Chen Teen and Youths Development Initiatives (CTYDI), an NGO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, organizes the tournament.

She said that migration is a fundamental human right as it has several positive attributes, but it also has its bad and ugly sides.

She said, ”According to CNN, a staggering 69 per cent of Nigerians will relocate out of the country with their families if given the opportunity, a 2022 survey by the Africa Polling Institute found and only 39 per cent were willing to emigrate in 2019 according to the same poll.

“Nigeria was pegged as a larger source of immigrants to Canada in 2021.

“Insecurity, unemployment, corruption and other factors are the things that push Nigerians to relocate to abroad”.

Also, a Director from the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Chituru Chendo said that in recent years, Nigerians had relocated abroad in search of greener pastures believing that life abroad is better than in Nigeria.

Chendo said, ‘Japa had existed for years as people migrated for vacation, study, job, and medical reasons, but it was necessary for that migrating to get well equipped for a meaningful life.

“On the aspect of unemployment, the International Audit and Tax Advisory from KPMG, projects Nigerian’s unemployment rates from 37.7 per cent in 2022 to 40.6 per cent in 2023.

“Some Nigerians migrate due to unemployment, insecurity, poor education and low standard of living.

“If you are migrating, make sure you have a skill you are going there to sell, make sure you are an expert in anything you are doing.

“Most of us go there without a skill, when we get there we involve ourselves in social vices like drug trafficking, prostitution, cultism, drug addict and others,” she said.

She said that the ugly aspect of migration would lead to a reduction in economic productivity, eventually leading to the collapse of businesses.

”Migration gives a negative impression that our government are not taking care of us and that our investors are not competent enough.

”When going abroad, make sure you have a plan because this is very important and once you are done come back because no place is safe all countries has its own problems,” she said.

She advised parents sending their children abroad to study not to abandon them because they also face challenges in their new environment.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director, CTYDI, said that 60 percent of Nigerians relocate abroad because of inadequate facilities, 80 percent because of insecurity, and 95 percent because of a lack of resources.

“43 per cent of Nigerians are living the country each day between 2015 -2020, while 55 per cent of Nigerians have already migrated from Nigeria to abroad,” she said.

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