Anolu Vincent, Owerri
A sitting House Member, representing foreigners in the Hessen State, Germany, Eddy Duru has advised the Federal Government to formulate policies that would mitigate irregular and unplanned youths migration abroad.
Duru, who is founder of Rarduja International, a nongovernmental organization, stated this in Owerri, at a reception organized for one, Chukwuka Onyegesi, who was stranded in Jakarta, Indonesia and was rescued by the NGO.
According to the Germany Lawmaker, thousands of Nigerian youths especially those from Imo, Edo, Kogi, Benue, Lagos, Oyo and Rivers states are languishing in jail and suffering from several kinds of ill treatments in Europe, America and Asian countries.
“In 2016 only, Duru said that over 602, 000 youths embarked on irregular migration out of this country and about 27, 000 of them died in sea and desert. Many were sold into slavery, many into prostitution and drug peddling, while several others were wasting away in detention. And as we speak, over 50, 000 are in similar situations now.”
Represented by the National Public Relations Officer of the group, Eustace Okeke, Duru also solicited partnership and assistance aimed at rescuing, resuscitating and reintegrating Onyegesi and his likes into the society.
In his words, “these people seriously need our help. We are looking forward that both the federal and state governments will partner with RARDUJA International in her campaign against irregular migration, human trafficking.
“We are looking forward that the Government will set up an advisory Board on migration issues at all levels to look into problems emanating from irregular migration and human trafficking.”
Recounting his ordeals, Onyegesi regretted listening to the advice of the travel agent that convinced him to embark on the journey.
He said he was doing well in his electronics business at Alaba International Market, Lagos State, before he opted for the journey.
According to Chukwuka, many Nigerians in Indonesia are facing similar challenge, as many others are in jail and are dying on daily basis out of frustration, starvation and harsh treatments.
Anolu Vincent, Owerri