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Nigerian First Lady fights “Japa” syndrome


During the New York 2023 Nigeria Economic Growth and Trade Summit, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady, urged Nigerians in the diaspora to contribute to President Bola Tinubu's "Renewed Hope Agenda." She also encouraged Nigerian youths to have faith in the current administration's efforts to deliver the benefits of democracy and meet their basic needs. The summit, organized by the Nigeria Governors' Wives Forum alongside the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, focused on "Stemming Migration Flows by Providing Basic Needs."

According to the UN, in 2022, 26,400 Nigerian citizens requested asylum abroad while 27,000 Nigerian citizens were recongnised as refugees and granted protection in 2022.

The First Lady said while migration could offer new opportunities and experiences, it also presented risks and challenges that could manifest in brain drain. “The brain drain phenomenon where highly skilled individuals leave their home country for supposedly better prospects abroad, is a concern for many African nations, depriving them of their expertise and talents needed for sustainable growth.Conflict resolution and The collaboration and unity among first ladies have been commendable, enhancing economic empowerment in their respective states through shared learning and initiatives.

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