The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on Wednesday decried the illegal migration of Nigerians to Europe, describing it as worrisome. It also called for more collaboration with organisations to equip Nigerians with technical and entrepreneurial skills to check the trend. Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF, said this in an interview.
The director-general also expressed worry on the mass deaths of Nigerian youths on the high seas en-route Europe, especially in Libya. According to him, Nigerian migrants as well as other Africans are being subjected to inhuman treatment and as slaves. Ari urged states governments to collaborate with ITF toward establishing Industrial Skills Training Centres (ISTCs), noting that expanding access to skills acquisition would create more jobs thus discourage migration.
“If drastic action is not taken, the migration problem would further escalate because projections indicate that by 2050, Nigeria’s population will soar to over 500 million. This means more population struggling for limited white collar jobs.