By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—DIRECTOR-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, has stressed the need for government at all levels to come up with transformation and re-orientation programmes that will change people’s attitude towards migrating out of the country.
She spoke yesterday in Benin City, Edo State, at a public lecture organised in commemoration of Captain Idahosa Okunbo’s 60th birthday held at the University of Benin, UNIBEN.
Okah-Donli in her paper entitled Youth Migration, Deportation and Rehabilitation: NAPTIP’S Rehabilitation Plan, said something fundamental must be done to control and curtail the illegal movement of people out of poor countries and incentives introduced for those willing to stay and work at home.
She said: “Migration is not bad in itself because there are various opportunities and ways in which Nigeria as a country can tap into this phenomenon to bring development to the country rather than simply restricting mobility.
“Migrants do not have to return permanently to make contribution to development, but often times, young Nigerian migrants under the misguided belief that life is always better and rosier abroad and some believe that money can be picked on the streets abroad.”