IYC laments youths’ mi­gra­tion to Europe

The Punch - - NEWS - Chuk­wudi Akasike, Port Har­court

THE Ijaw Youth Coun­cil has de­scribed the rate at which Nige­rian youths leave the coun­try for Europe and other parts of the world in search of jobs as wor­ri­some.

The IYC Pres­i­dent, Eric Omare, said on Sun­day, in a tele­phone chat with our cor­re­spon­dent that the lack of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in Nige­ria was be­hind the mass move­ment.

He said, “The ex­o­dus of Nige­rian youths to other parts of the world is wor­ri­some and it is sim­ply be­cause of the lack of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in Nige­ria. I am a prac­ti­cal wit­ness to the huge num­ber of Nige­ri­ans in Europe.

“The so­lu­tion is for gov­ern­ment to con­cen­trate on cre­at­ing jobs. Nige­ria should look at the ar­eas it has ad­van­tage and go into pro­duc­tion in those ar­eas. That is the most vi­able means to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for the peo­ple.

“If there are job op­por­tu­ni­ties, the high rate of move­ment of Nige­ri­ans to other coun­tries will be re­duced. It is im­por­tant to men­tion that in the course of leav­ing the shores of this coun­try to earn a liv­ing abroad, a lot of them have died.”

Omare ob­served that though gov­ern­ment had the in­ten­tion to cre­ate jobs for youths, the lack of right poli­cies had been a chal­lenge.

“For now, the right poli­cies are not there to cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Nige­rian youths. Gov­ern­ment has the in­ten­tion to cre­ate jobs, but they don’t have the right poli­cies to achieve that. Sim­ply put, the prob­lem is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their in­ten­tion.”

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