According to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), unemployment and insecurity are to blame for the recent “Japa Syndrome,” and it is crucial to create an environment that is friendly to Nigerians.
Speaking at the 6th Abuja School Debate Tournament on “Addressing the Japa Syndrome, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Dabiri-Erewa, represented by Kanyinsola Adetunmbi, a commission staff member, made this statement on Wednesday.
In partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, the Chen Teen and Youths Development Initiatives (CTYDI), an NGO, organised the competition.
Migration, she claimed, has both its good and bad aspects, while being a fundamental human right with many advantageous aspects.
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 abroad.”