Motion seeking to ban Nigerians from leaving country rejected by Reps

A motion to declare a national emergency about the “japa” syndrome, the emigration of young Nigerians was rejected by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Before moving to Nigeria to run for office, Rep. Philip Agbese (APC-Benue) lived in the UK. His motion was adopted during the plenary session.

Mr. Agbese, who was introducing the resolution, stated that statistics from the Nigerian Economic Summit revealed a rise in the number of young Nigerians moving overseas.

According to recent estimates by the African Polling Institute, 69% of young people would choose to move if given the option.

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), there has been a 40% increase in the number of young Nigerians leaving the country since 2019.

According to the UN DESA, 1.7 million people left Nigeria for other countries in 2020, a significant rise from 990,000 in 2010.

He claimed that the rising numbers of young Nigerians emigrating to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada in order to establish permanent residence foretells dire danger for the nation from an economic, intellectual, and social perspective.

The motion was overwhelmingly defeated when it was put to a vote by Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House.


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