The Federal Government has raised alarm over the rising number of Nigerians dieing daily due to their involvement in illegal migration, promising to check the trend by involving states and Local Government authorities in the fight.
The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, who lamented this at a two-day sensitization workshop for South-South geo-political zone, said: “The Federal Government is concern about illegal migration of youths because most of the youths who had undertook the journey are either killed or tortured on their way”.
She noted that the problem had persisted because “migration programmes and activities have been restricted to federal institutions with little or no participation from states and local governments which governed migrating population.
“The objective of the workshop is to integrate states, local governments and community based organisation into the migration governance structure through establishment of migration desk in all the states of the federation.”
Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu stressed that “to effectively tackle illegal migration, the issue of rural urban migration must be address first. If we can tackle the rural-urban migration by resolving issues of welfares, infrastructure and amenities we would have been able to tackle the problem of youths leaving the country for greener pasture under worst inhuman treatment.
Meanwhile, the commissioner also visited the Internally Displaced Persons at their Camp Uhuogua, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, and assured that the Federal Government will improve the living standard of the people at the camp, adding “the president is with you and has not forgotten you people permanently. You should be good citizens of this country. Pray for the government that is fighting the insurgency.
“I have come to see for myself that this IDP camp is real. I want you to be good children, read your books so that you can be great leaders tomorrow,” she stated.