Edo Govt Taming Migration Via Economic Development

By Ikhili Monday EBALU, Benin City

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state says his administration will check the tide of migration through vocational training of youth to equip them with skills for gainful employment.

Obaseki stated this when he received the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugee, Migration and Internally Displaced Persons Hajiya Sadiya Farouq in Government House on Wednesday Night.

Obaseki, represented by his deputy Comrade Philip Shuaibu said that his administration was also leveraging on the vast opportunities inherent in the agricultural sector to create employment in the state

He said that going by the state government’s plan to boost power generation, Edo will soon be an industrial hub resulting from a public- private sector driven economy.

“By the time our MOU on power which will drop 5 megawatts and another 10 megawatts from Siemens for the initial phase, the issue of industries leaving Nigeria will be checked and once our people are gainfully employed, the quest to migrate will be drastically reduced”, he said.

Speaking on the challenges of migration, he said that many youths had lost their lives in the name of searching for greener pasture abroad.

He said that the state was ready to partner the federal government in reducing migration to the barest minimum.

He added that the workshop on migration to be organized by the commission in Edo was apt expressing optimism that the resolutions would serve as working document for the state.

Earlier, Farouq said the visit was to intimate the governor on a two-day workshop on migration which would commerce on Thursday in the state.

She said that the essence of the workshop was to involve states and local government in the management of migration and also to sensitive the general public on the provisions of the national migration policy.


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