BEING 2018 DISTINGUISHED PERSONALITY LECTURE OF HON. ABIKE DABIRI-@abikedabiri , SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PMB ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DIASPORA ON
``BUILDING CAPABILITIES OF NIGERIAN YOUTHS AGAINST SLAVE TRADE OR ILLEGAL MIGRATION’’ IN UI ON MON OCT. 29, 2018
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We are quite aware that discussions about Diaspora can no longer be relegated to the academic backwaters.

The A.U, for example, had in 2003 declared Africa’s Diaspora as its sixth region and equally the Nigerian Diaspora - Hon Abike Dabiri @abikedabiri
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We have equally facilitated the return of several Nigerians who were stranded in Libya, with President Buhari’s intervention, who for the first time set up Presidential committee to rescue Nigerians from the agony of death. - Hon @abikedabiri
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Similar rescue operation also took place in Angola, Oman, Saudi Arabia, India, China and Turkey, in conjunction with agencies like NEMA, NAPTIP and National Refugees Commission.
An MOU was signed in 2017 between my office and the Bank of Industry which affords Nigerians,
Especially the youths in the Diaspora the ease of transacting business in Nigeria
Any Nigerian who wants to invest in any sector of the Nigerian economy is given soft loans to pursue this. So, I am passionate about everything that affects the Diaspora,
Especially the youths who constitute the majority, because I recognize the potential power of its political economy in advancing the nation in its desired pursuit of peace, progress and dev.
Similarly, my office in conjunction with major stakeholders had a national conference
Between the June and July 2018, two full flights from Nigeria consisting of 616 and 114 Nigerian girls of ages 16 to 30 years went to Saudi Arabia under the guise of performing lesser hajj called Umrah with each of them paying not less than N600,000 for that journey to the agents
The unquenchable thirst and unholy search for Golden Fleece or greener pastures has proven to be the top motivating factor for illegal migration of Nigerian youths.
Driven by wrong optimistic mindsets, many of them risk their lives for pecuniary interest only to become stranded
WHAT IS THE WAY OUT
Despite the gloomy and hopeless situation being painted of the country, there are still many openings and opportunities for the Nigerian youths to build their capacity as against embarking on illegal migration - Hon Abike @abikedabiri
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Example of what the President is doing is poultry/ fishing farming business.
This may look unrealistic but according to research, poultry farming and fishing are very lucrative and the good news is that it does not require big capital to start - Hon @abikedabiri
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Youths should learn about technical trades,
Practical skills in Solar Technology are sorely lacking in Nigeria and young people who acquire qualification in this field are assured of lucrative jobs since the trend is now towards sustainable renewable energy. #HonAbikeDabiri
Similarly, the media awareness campaign, captioned ‘Look before you Leave’, designed to educate would-be migrants in Nigeria about the realities of the journey to Europe should be a nationwide continuous one. - @abikedabiri
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Many of the irregular migrants could in fact qualify to study in Europe, an option that many don’t consider.
There’re work visa schemes, such as the EU Blue Card and similar national schemes in the bloc, which provide a legal route for labor migration to Europe - @abikedabiri
For Instance, Germany’s visa processes are not cumbersome for people with genuine economic and educational intentions, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, declared recently in Abuja. @abikedabiri
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“For people wishing to study in Germany, it has increased intakes for scholarship for those who qualified. It is not difficult to get a visa. It is easier than you think. It requires filing the details or you can just go to our website,” he advised. @abikedabiri
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And in many cases there’re positive alternatives to emigration in Nigeria such as learning technical trades that can lead to lucrative paid employment or self-employment. @abikedabiri
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Understanding Migration to Europe

Most irregular migrants leave Nigeria lured by the false promise of people-smugglers who deceive their victims into paying sometimes thousands of dollars for a supposedly easy journey to Europe.

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The fact is, there is no easy passage to Europe through irregular migration.

The illegal route to Europe is littered with hardship and death. It is critical that potential migrants are aware of the facts behind European immigration policies b4 risking their lives - @abikedabiri
LOOK
👉Look at where you want to go
👉Look at what is legally required to get there
👉Look at the situation that awaits you at the desired destination
👉Look at ur situation very well to b able to decide if it is necessary at all to leave Nig - @abikedabiri
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PMB is doing everything possible to make life meaningful for Nigerians, if money realised in the last 16 years have been judiciously used, we will not be where we were today. - Hon Abike Dabiri in University of Ibadan today @abikedabiri
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PMB is restructuring the country, bringing sanity to the system tackling corruption,managing judiciously, managing resources to fix all abandoned projects in the last 16 years and tackling insecurity - Hon Abike Dabiri in University of Ibadan today @abikedabiri
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PMB insisting in diversifying d economy & recovering all d looted funds back to d coffers of the gov
t and creating enormous opportunities for Nigerians. The N-Power progs, CBN borrowers’ prog, among others are for youths to engage them meaningfully- @abikedabiri
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I appeal to everybody to support PMB fight against corruption and efforts at retrieving all our looted heritage.

Hon Abike Dabiri in University of Ibadan today @abikedabiri
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Look at your surroundings if there aren’t opportunities there for your self-actualisation as a Yoruba saying goes: what you seek in Sokoto could very well be in the pocket of your ‘sokoto’.

Hon Abike Dabiri in University of Ibadan today @abikedabiri
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I am therefore honoured to have been invited once again to share my thought on this subject matter, hoping that it has met your expectations of me.
I appreciate everyone for listening & I wish us an engaging & fruitful time
Thank You.
Hon Abike in UI @abikedabiri
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