The Africa Report - - LETTERS -

The Euro­pean Union pour­ing more aid into Niger and other Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States [ECOWAS] mem­bers will not help tackle the root cause of ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion [‘Niger at a cross­roads’, TAR102 July/aug. 2018]. ECOWAS mem­ber states need to first pri­ori­tise their own homegrown so­lu­tions in­de­pen­dent of any for­eign as­sis­tance, which will im­prove the qual­ity of life and wel­fare of their own cit­i­zens. Cre­at­ing a safe and con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment would even­tu­ally at­tract lo­cal as well as for­eign in­vest­ment, which will en­cour­age eco­nomic growth and create high em­ploy­ment prospects for the mil­lions of young peo­ple en­ter­ing the job mar­ket. So ded­i­ca­tion to homegrown so­lu­tions is the best op­tion to dis­cour­age peo­ple from seek­ing refuge in for­eign coun­tries, and it will go a long way to re­duce ab­ject poverty and raise the stan­dard of liv­ing. Kokil K. Shah, Kenya

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