House of Reps rejects motion seeking to stop Nigerians from travelling to UK, US and others

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The House of Representatives has rejected a motion to address the migration of Nigerians to the UK, US, and other countries to seek greener pastures.

A member, Victor Agbese on Thursday, June 15, 2023, prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to declare the “Japa” (migration) syndrome a national emergency.

The lawmaker said the situation is taking away young, productive Nigerians abroad and should be declared as a national emergency.

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He lamented that the growing statistics of young Nigerians leaving the country and securing permanent residence in the UK, the USA, and Canada is a grave challenge for the country as it affects its economic, intellectual and social wellbeing.

According to him, available statistics have shown that, there was a 40 per cent increase in the number of young Nigerians leaving the nation compared to what the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) captured and reported in 2019.

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Agbese said the UN DESA reported that international emigration from Nigeria in 2020 totalled 1.7 million, which was a substantial increase from 990,000 in 2010.

However, when the motion, including the amendment, was put to a voice vote by, the speaker of the house, Tajudeen Abbas those against the motion outnumbered those in support.

Speaking after plenary, Agbese said he will rework the motion and represent it before the house.

He also thanked the speaker for giving lawmakers the opportunity to express their viewpoints on the matter.

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