According to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), the government must do its share to create a welcoming atmosphere for its citizens.
In an interview for Empowering Tomorrow: A New Vision for Nigeria, a special programme on the 63rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence observed on October 1, Dabiri-Erewa said this on Monday while broadcasting from Paris.
She asserts that it is difficult to fully stop the massive exodus of Nigerians known as Japa.
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She said, “You can’t stop this migration, legal or illegal, but the question is: Why are you migrating? Are you migrating to a better place? Are you migrating to bigger dreams?
“Here is a quick thing, government needs to play its own role of [providing] a conducive environment. The Tinubu administration has talked about job creation, SMEs, digital transformation, and digital truth for our younger people, and a lot of that conversation is going on here in France.”
The NIDCOM boss continued by saying that migrating to a different country has no inherent problems, but it needs to have a clear purpose.
“There is nothing wrong with migration, but migrate to a better place. Migrate to become a better person; don’t migrate to get into trouble. A lot of people we deal with are looking for jobs but they don’t get the jobs when they go abroad.
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“Why are you migrating? Are you a better person by the time you migrate? But again, government must play its role and do what it has to do,” she added.
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