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Tales of woes from greener pastures

Regardless of varied tales of anguish by many Nigerians overseas, most youths nonetheless imagine that the grass is greener on the opposite aspect. This perception is what’s fueling the mad rush by some younger women and men to benefit from any means to depart the nation within the hope that they’ll discover a higher life elsewhere. DAMIAN DURUIHEOMA reviews.

 

CHUKWUKA Ibezim (pseudonym) is a younger man with excessive ambition about life. When he accomplished his West African Senior College Certificates Examination in Awo Idemili, in Orsu Native Authorities Space of Imo State in 2010, he didn’t wish to whereas away his time within the village as a result of his dad and mom couldn’t afford to ship him to the college to additional his schooling.

So, Chumwuka left his village for Lagos to serve a grasp and study buying and selling from certainly one of his kinsmen dealing on electronics.

In 2015, he was free apprenticeship and his grasp paid for a store for him at Alaba Market the place Chukwuka began his personal enterprise. In lower than three years, Chukwuka opened one other store at Alaba Worldwide Market, Lagos.

Nonetheless, Chukwuka was not glad by the ‘little’ progress he was making in his enterprise. Every time he returned dwelling for Christmas, he would see a lot of his mates using within the newest automobiles and new mansions. Most of them claimed to have ‘made it’ from Malaysia or Indonesia.

So, following fixed complaints to mates, a buddy launched him to a journey agent and he was persuaded into going overseas to make it massive.

He bought his two electronics outlets in Alaba Market to pursue his dream of placing it wealthy in Indonesia.

Upon his arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia, life grew to become a story of hopelessness and certainly one massive hell, for Chukwuka. Certainly, a impolite shock awaited him. He found to his dismay that each one the guarantees made by the journey agent had been false. Thus, he was left within the dilemma of adjusting to the unlucky scenario or returning dwelling.

Nearly two years of dwelling a hellish life in Malaysia, Chukwuka finally determined to make a video of his ugly scenario in Indonesia and posted similar on social media.

Within the viral video, he begged for help from members of the general public, particularly the Igbo to allow him to flee the wrath of the Indonesian authorities.

Three months after the viral video, RARDUJA Worldwide, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) came upon the viral video and determined to seek out out the authenticity of his claims.

The NGO first attended to his primary craving, by offering him with some cash for meals, earlier than Chukwuka was finally repatriated and reunited along with his household.

At a reception organised for Chukwuka in Owerri, the Imo State capital, founding father of RARDUJA, Eddy Duru urged the Nigerian authorities to formulate insurance policies that will reduce the unbridled youth’s migration overseas.

Duru revealed that hundreds of Nigerian youths largely from Imo, Edo, Kogi, Benue, Lagos, Oyo and Rivers states are languishing in jail and affected by a number of sorts of ill-treatments in Europe, America and Asian nations.

He mentioned: “In 2016, over 602, 000 youths launched into irregular migration out of this nation and about 27, 000 of them died within the sea and desert. Many had been bought into slavery, many into prostitution and drug peddling, whereas a number of others had been losing away in detention. At present, over 50, 000 youths are in related conditions now.”

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Duru, represented by the Public Relations Officer of the group, Eustace Okeke additionally solicited partnership and help geared toward rescuing, resuscitating and reintegrating individuals resembling Chukwuka into society.

He mentioned: “These individuals severely want our assist. We’re trying ahead to a scenario when the federal and state governments will companion with RARDUJA Worldwide in her marketing campaign towards irregular migration, human trafficking.

“We sit up for the federal government organising an advisory board on migration points in any respect ranges to look into issues emanating from irregular migration and human trafficking.”

Whereas revealing that the entire preparations of getting Chukwuka out of Indonesia and reuniting him along with his household value the NGO some fortune, Duru referred to as on the Imo State authorities and the Chairman of Orsu Native Authorities Space, the place Chukwuka hails from, to rapidly wade into the matter and rehabilitate the younger man earlier than he slips into melancholy.

Duru sensitised the general public to the dangers and risks of unplanned journey overseas, which he mentioned had turn out to be the order of the day in Nigeria and Africa, as a consequence of unhealthy economic system, unhealthy governance and insecurity.

He regretted the various deaths of most Nigerian unlawful migrants throughout the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert.

He mentioned: “We should proceed to teach our individuals on the dangers concerned in enterprise unplanned journeys overseas.”

The Particular Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Celia Osakwe-Hibbert mentioned the state authorities would do all the pieces potential to cease the youth from irregular migration via job creation and empowerment.

She hinted that the Workplace of the Governor on Diaspora Affairs is receptive to points regarding those that are indigenous to Imo State which might be overseas.

Recounting his ordeals, the 33-year-old Chukwuka regretted listening to the recommendation of the journey agent that satisfied him to embark on the journey.

He bemoaned not specializing in his enterprise, saying he was doing nicely in his electronics enterprise at Alaba Worldwide Market, Lagos State, earlier than he opted for the journey to make it massive.

Based on Chukwuka, many Nigerians in Indonesia had been dealing with the same problem, at the same time as he revealed that many are dying in jail each day out of frustration, hunger and harsh remedies.

Chukwuka described his expertise as horrible, dehumanising and dreadful.

Uchenna Nwaneri and Constance Nwaeze, 14 who had lived in India and Italy respectively, counseled Chukwuka’s braveness in his name for assist.

They revealed that almost all Nigerians overseas are affected by the more serious scenario however might hardly divulge heart’s contents to anybody about their ordeal.

Constance mentioned: “Most Nigerians who migrated overseas and dealing with exhausting occasions, typically faux their deaths so as to not heighten the hope of their individuals on them. I’ve seen a person who lived right here for over 18 years and due to the hellish scenario he lived, he determined to ship messages throughout to Nigeria that he was useless. It’s as unhealthy as that.

“There is no such thing as a foundation for Nigerians to illegally migrate to different nations for non-existent jobs. Many are struggling over there however they’re ashamed to return again dwelling. We see them begin from the scratch,” she mentioned.

Uchenna canvassed that there needs to be consciousness about this. “I’m coming again dwelling after 38 years of sojourning overseas. I wish to come again dwelling and make Nigeria a spot value dwelling,” he mentioned.

 

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