‘Take Advantage Of Migrant Resource Centers” FG To Nigerians
Many Nigerians have migrated and others are still planning to migrate to other countries in the near future. However, the Federal Government advised Nigerians on Wednesday to make good use of the newly created Migrant Resource Centres (MRC) to get adequate information about their desired destination countries.
The government collaborated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to establish the centres in order to reduce irregular migration by Nigerians. The MRCs established by the FG are in Abuja, Lagos and Edo. Mr Segun Afolayan, Acting Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made the disclosure in Lagos while receiving a fresh batch of 116 Stranded Nigerians repatriated from Libya. Afolayan while acknowledging that migration was a fundamental human right, also insisted it must be done in ways that would not violate the laws of the host nations. According to Afolayan, the government is concerned about irregular migration by some young Nigerians, which led to the establishment of the centres domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment offices at Benin, Lagos and Abuja.“The centres are opened to all Nigerians who wish to travel outside the country. They can access detailed information on their intended country of destination. “Such information includes the types of employment and educational opportunities, counseling on the right and safe routes to travel as well as the security level of the expected country.Afolayan, advised the returnees to be ambassadors against irregular migration, and use their experiences in Libya to discourage other Nigerians from embarking on such perilous journeys. WakeUpAfrica360 reports that the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 12.40 a.m on Wednesday, aboard an Al Buraq Al Buraq Airlines with registration number UZ 489. The returnees who were able to return to Nigeria through the IOM, were made up of 46 adult females, two female children and five female infants. and 56 male adults, six male children and eight male infants. What do you think of the high percentage of migration by Nigerians?