By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” OBA Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom, has advised the Federal Government to inject more fund into the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) programmes to enable it meet the desired goals of its initiators.
Besides, he said that if other intervening agencies like the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) was well implemented by the managers of the programmme, it would go a long way in solving the problems of youthâ€™sÂ exodus to otherÂ countries in search of greener pastures.
The Benin monarch, who made the call in his palace recently while receiving the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora led by its Chairman, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that investigations have revealed that most youths leave the shores of this country without the knowledge of their parents.
The House of Representatives committee visited the Benin monarch to assist in advising parents of the dangers their children and wards often encounter in their attempt to go through Morocco and Libya to Europe.
The Oba disclosed that he had, times without number called on Eniges, market women, chiefs and elders in his domain to deliberate and proffer solutions to the problem, but had sometimes met a brick wall from those benefitting from the trade.
Omo Nâ€™ Erediauwa who said that he was glad that Mrs. Abike Erewa and her team was involvedÂ on how to solve the problem, told his visitors of the several attempts made by the former wife of the Edo state governor, Mrs. EkiÂ Igbinedion to settleÂ those rescued from the illegal business through various acquisition centres when she was the first Lady of the state.
The only solution, he said was to provide jobs and employment to youths as it was becoming extremely difficult to stop them from travelling.
Earlier in her address, the House Committee chairman said that they were disturbed about the plight of over 10,000 Nigerians languishing in Moroccan and Libyan prisons lamenting that majority of them were from the state.
She also regretted that some of the girls were prostituting with some of them giving birth to babies in jail, whom she said only God knows how they were being catered for.