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Canada save haven for frustrated Nigerians as economic hardship bites harder

By Guardian Nigeria
07 September 2022   |   4:12 am
As a regular visitor to embassies in Abuja, I am deeply startled by the burgeoning number of young Nigerians....


As a regular visitor to embassies in Abuja, I am deeply startled by the burgeoning number of young Nigerians who troop into these diplomatic offices to seek visas to leave the country at all cost. They are ready to do just anything in order not to be caught in the web of the rising economic misfortune fast ravaging the land in the face of helplessness and latitude of the government.

This happens at a time Nigeria continues to tell the global community that it remains the giant of Africa with all indices of under-development dealing it a bloody nose, ranging from the depleting standard of living of over a 100 million citizens, to the insecurity holding the West African nation by the jugular as a result banditry and threat from Islamist terror group the Boko Haram, fizzling infrastructure, nosediving educational system, health institutions in comatose, disappearing hope of a better tomorrow as a result of what the government has done or failed to do, despondency, fear and uncertainty that has enveloped the minds of the people.

It is sad that Nigeria with its rich resources in oil, ranking the second highest oil producer in Africa as well as its solid mineral wealth is mired in the ocean of poverty even as millions live below a dollar per day. The reduction in value of the local currency, Naira has not helped matters either. What could be responsible for the uncontrolled reduction in the fortunes of our people? The answer is not far-fetched.

The late literary giant and wordsmith, Chinua Achebe laid it on the doorstep of perennial ineffectual leadership that has held our country hostage for years. Little wonder during his life time, he declined several attempts to honour him with the national award. His grouse was that the country’s leadership has failed.

The effect of this failure is manifestly seen in virtually all areas of our national life. Parents spend fortunes to send their children to school, upon graduation, they loiter the streets for several years without any job and meaningful means of livelihood. A lot of them resort to self-help in a desperate attempt to weather the frustrating economic climate. It is not surprising that the crime rate has in recent times hit its apex, with internet fraud, drug, arm robbery and other social vices taking the lead.

Nigeria Bureau of Statistics in 2021 reported that the country’s unemployment rate rose to 33.3 per cent, translating to some 23.2 million people, the highest in at least 13 years and the second-highest rate in the world. According to the bureau, the figure jumped from 27.1 per cent in the second quarter of last year amidst Nigeria’s lingering economic crisis made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government in its Economic Sustainability Plan had predicted that the rate of unemployment would rise to 33.6 per cent at the end of 2020 if urgent steps were not taken.

The statistics bureau said the economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) increased from 117 million in the second quarter to 122 million in Q4 2020, a 4.3 percent increase.

It is therefore understandable why the aggressive rush outside the country in search for greener pasture has continued to take a heightened dimension. The Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea have continued to pose death traps to our people who desperately want to flee hunger, poverty and disease from Nigeria and other countries in the Sub-Sahara.

Canada, Turkey, UK and others have been their choice destinations where they believe they can make a decent livelihood in a friendly environment.

It is on this premise that JR Riley Global Service, an indigenous Nigerian company is using its global contact to offer Nigerians opportunity to travel to their countries of choice with all the necessary documentations to live either as visitors, students or permanent residents.

JR Riley Global Service is turning the dreams of our young Nigerians to reality by taking the burdens off their shoulders, serving them on platter opportunity to live a decent and modest life overseas.

With them, no question of irregular migration, or people gambling with their lives in the Sahara desert and Mediterranean sea. JR Riley Global Service since 2018 when it was established been a prayer answered for our people. It has built trust and confidence with its clients within the African continent.

They are available at a dial away to provide workable and effective support to your travel questions.

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