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All over the world, people seek better opportunities outside their country – Alonge

By Maria Diamond
03 September 2022   |   2:35 am
Following the rate at which Nigerians are relocating abroad in recent times, travel expert and Immigration lawyer, Janet Alonge, has said that it is not out of place for Nigerians to seek better opportunities

Alonge

Following the rate at which Nigerians are relocating abroad in recent times, travel expert and Immigration lawyer, Janet Alonge, has said that it is not out of place for Nigerians to seek better opportunities outside the country, so long as it is through legal documentation.

  
Alonge, who is also Chief Executive Officer of Amplelife Conglomerate, said the country has been going through countless challenges, thereby forcing Nigerians, especially the youths, to leave the country.

“One of the major factors driving Nigerian youths out of the country is the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike. Students are no longer buying into the idea of the prolonged strike and all of them want to leave the country. So, we are now helping students who feel the need to go study abroad leave the country. We help them get admission into schools abroad where they can study and work. We look for countries that are not too expensive for those who can’t afford high fees; we also get scholarships for some of the students. Some get full-time scholarships while others get part-time. We do this to help Nigerian students who have been at home and the strike has affected their studies.”
  
Alonge further said unemployment, poor power supply, increment in fuel price, diesel, high electricity charges, bad roads etc are also major factors driving Nigerians outside the shore of the country in search of a better life.

“However it is not just Nigerians who leave their country to seek greener pastures in other countries, people all over the world seek better opportunities outside their country.”

She, however, noted that whether the idea is to take a break from all the challenges to de-stress by touring other countries or relocate abroad, the emphasis is on legal documentation, which includes proof of funds and certainty of destination.

“This is one of the major challenges some Nigerians who leave to other countries through illegal means experience. Hence the need to ensure that people travel right by helping them with legal and complete documentation.”
  
Addressing the issue of the protection of Nigerian citizens outside the country, Alonge noted that the Nigerian government and embassies are not doing so much, adding, “that put Nigerians in the diaspora in harm’s way with international immigration authorities. The Nigerian government needs to be fully involved in tourism; they need to liaise with embassies on their citizen’s immigration. There should be negotiation and collaboration with embassies so that Nigerians will not be treated badly outside the country. There are policies that enable Nigerians to live outside the country and there are also laws that enable foreigners to operate in Nigeria without a problem. All these laws need to be looked into and implemented.”