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FG moves to reduce irregular migration

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The Federal Government has promised to reduce irregular migration, to provide jobs for teeming unemployed Nigerians and tackle insecurity.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Yerima P. Tarfa, disclosed this in Lagos, during the Steering Committee meeting of GIZ Nigeria’s Programme Migration for Development.

The event was also used to officially open the Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Re-integration building, which would provide vocational and entrepreneurship training to returnees and the local populace.

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Tarfa said the occasion was important because it afforded stakeholders an opportunity to reflect and refresh minds on where “we are and where we want to be in the battle against irregular migration.”

He said Federal Government alone couldn’t provide all jobs needed by Nigerian youths, especially against the backdrop of unemployment statistics released recently by Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The Consul General of the German Consulate in Nigeria, Dr. Stefan Traumann, congratulated the PME Team Lead on the Centre’s launch, as many Nigerians have already benefitted from its services by gaining meaningful employment and skill acquisition.

He attributed the Centre’s success to collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and commended its hardworking and unwavering commitment to tackling unemployment in Nigeria despite the restrictions and challenges caused by COVID-19.

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