By Patience Danjuma
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the creation of job opportunities and inclusive government that does not engender crisis, will stem the ill-fated migration of Nigerians through the Mediterranean Sea.
A statement made available to the media in Abuja on Sunday indicated that the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the recommendation to mark the United Nations International Migrants Day on December 18, 2017.
Abubakar stressed that the major driver of migration, which he observed are at times are ill fated like in the case of Libya is the search of a better life and opportunity.
The PDP chieftain, however, bemoaned that the current situation in the country where 3 million jobs, according to the NBS, has been lost annually in the last 2 years, renders millions jobless and that with no prospects of opportunities are compelled to take the suicidal flight.
The Waziri Adamawa advised governments at all levels to create the enabling environment that will attract and sustain investments that will create jobs for the army of unemployed.
He said, “The chances of a young person with a job and opportunity at home taken a suicidal flight in search of a better life will become an exception and not the rule.”
While further acknowledging that migration is caused by poverty and insecurity in the original countries of the migrants, Abubakar noted that it is imperative for governments in Africa, Nigeria inclusive to govern in such a way as to create an environment conducive for economic progress and employment generation.
He said also that a fair and inclusive government would spread available opportunity to all citizens and encourage those with entrepreneurial inclination to start businesses and factories to absorb the teeming population of the unemployed thus making unbridled migration unnecessary.
The former Vice President however reminded that “migrants being humans deserve decent treatment” in apparent reference to the harrowing experience and stereotype facing migrants the World over.
Stating that migrants did not choose to be migrants and that it is unpleasant social, economic and political conditions in many countries that forcefully uproot people and turn them into migrants seeking new homes, security, employment and a better future, the Waziri Adamawa opined that all hands need to be on deck to deal squarely and in a humane manner with the challenges thrown up by the reality of migration in our contemporary World.
He regretted that one of the worst forms of maltreatment, which a migrant can experience, is the large scale enslavement of young and helpless Nigerian and African migrants in Libya which recently drew global attention.
Abubakar said that to prevent the recurrence of unbridled migration as it exists today among Nigerian youths, the authorities at Federal and State levels should endeavor to discourage potential migrants through public enlightenment and information about the down sides of poorly conceived overseas travels.
The former Vice President urged the international community to ensure that the international code of treatment of migrants is strictly adhered to.
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