Brain drain huge damage to Nigerian economy – Anike

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By Emmanuel Uzodinma

Vice Chancellor, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Rev Fr Prof Christian Anike has identified job creation and employment opportunities as panacea to brain drain in Nigeria.

Anike, who said brain drain was damaging the country’s economy, advised that the only way to stem the tide was for the government to create employment opportunities and better working conditions.

He spoke during the graduation ceremony by the Centre of Practical Skills, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.

The project, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, ICMPD, in Enugu, Nigeria, graduated the first set of Nigerian youths who have completed vocational training.

The Vice Chancellor said the University engaged in the collaboration having discovered that job creation and employment opportunities in Africa remained the solution “to stem the tide of migration, which is called ‘Japa in Nigeria’, the tendency to move away.”

While hailing the ICMPD, he said the idea of the Centre “is to provide workers for companies, so the companies will not have any problem trying to source its workers.

“I confirm, not from hearsay, that these young men are ready to supply the needed skills, the needed manpower in Nigeria.

“I do hope that there will be no need for these young men to leave outside Nigeria to explore greener pastures

“I do hope that with this young man and women will be so well paid that they will not need to travel outside Nigeria

“We know the effect of brain drain, whether it is on the side of medical doctors, on the side of other professionals; in this country, brain drain is a huge damage to the economy of any nation.”

While urging the graduands to brace up for challenges, the VC said every country of the world has its own issues.

“Challenges, including insecurity, should not deter you. Whether it is in the United States, I can tell you that at least everyday, 20 persons are killed in the United States of America

“I can tell you that there is no country in this world where you do not have challenges of insecurity, your country is not worse than these other places.

“So, I acknowledge the challenges you are faced with, insecurity and of course other challenges, but I am convinced that these challenges have prepared you.

“As I look at you, I see those who will drive the economy of this country, I see millionaires, not by stealing money but by providing knowledge that will change our country,” he declared.

Speaking, the Principal, Center of Practical Skills, CoPS, Mr Niranjan Gupta said the graduates were products of perseverance, dedication and hard work.

“This significant milestone in your life is a testament to your commitment to your personal growth and testament to the countless hours you have invested in your skill and in expanding your knowledge,” he noted.

On his part, the best graduating student, Ositadimma Emmanuel hailed the Centre for the opportunity to acquire practical skills and experiences in their chosen career, stressing “they have enriched us to become who we are today. We will make this centre very proud.”

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