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Ayade seeks FG’s support to stem youth migration


Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade has urged the federal and state governments to establish fabrication centres to create employment for youths with a view to stemming illegal migration.

Ayade made the appeal yesterday while commissioning the Construction and Fabrication Academy in Calabar and urged youths to stop migrating to Europe and other countries in search of greener pastures when they could develop themselves through entrepreneurship.

He said Europe and other continents of the world were not better than Nigeria, adding that he had given N4m to run the academy in all council areas of the state.


He noted that with the academy, unemployment situation, which has been a major challenge in the state, would be addressed, as many youths from the three senatorial districts would be taken off the streets and engaged in different skills.

“Even if you have a PHD, you need a skill. Even as governor, I want to enroll in the Construction and Fabrication Academy. Your handwork should feed you. How long will Nigerians continue to seek tillers from Togo? Any man, who depends on salary remains a slave perpetually,” he stated.

He also pledged to create regional offices in the three senatorial districts of the state to address unemployed among youths, adding: “I will create regional offices to enable people to engage in agriculture and construction.”

Ayade disclosed that the academy was open to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and ethno-cultural backgrounds.


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