NewsJapa Youth Project: Civil Society Groups Mobilise In Bayelsa, Offer Productive Options

Japa Youth Project: Civil Society Groups Mobilise In Bayelsa, Offer Productive Options

June 07, (THEWILL) – Youths in Nigeria have again been advised to shun illegal immigration to countries overseas, and to embrace the opportunities available in the country, in order to avoid issues that accompany the “Japa Syndrome”.

The call was made on Thursday in Yenagoa, during the launch of the “Japa Youth project: Voices of the unheard”, initiated by Dise Ogbise Foundation in collaboration with other sister organisations, to address issues associated with illegal immigration of Nigerian youths, the rush amongst youths too into cultism, cyber crime, drug abuse and so many more.

The Youths were encouraged against illegal immigration, which has led many to death, involvement in illegal drugs, promotion of human trafficking and destruction of so many lives.

Speaking at the event, the past Commissioner of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Bayelsa State, High Chief Collins Cocodia Founder Collins Cocodia Foundation, Chief Felix Omemu, Dr Mrs Josephine Igodo mni, Dr Marie Teibowei and others enjoined all Nigeria Youths to stay back in the country and make use of what is available, in other to get the good life they so desire.

On her own part, the Founder of DO Foundation, Barr Dise Ogbise Goddy Harry stated that the Foundation alongside its partners have created a fallback mechanism for youths through capacity building, by introducing various Skill acquisitions in order to discourage illegal immigration.

Some participants and beneficiaries of the “Japa Youth Project”, Newman Anbas, Omungu Joyce and David Divine, appreciated Do Foundation and her partners for coming up with the project to equip them both in skills acquisition and the right knowledge on immigration.

One of the major highlights of the project launch was an awareness Road walk on the dangers of illegal immigration and the unveiling of Barr Queen Bestman as the brand ambassador of the project.

The event also had in attendance the representatives from the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons, and various Human rights organisations including Bayelsa non-Governmental Organisations Forum, Chevah Development Initiative, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Lady pharmacist association of Bayelsa State, Association of female professional Engineers, Nigerian Association of women journalists, Nigerian Union of journalists, Nigerian Bar Association women forum, ALBINISM Association of Nigeria and so many more

In attendance were over a hundred and thirty youths from the eight local Government Areas of Bayelsa State

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Amos Okioma, THEWILL
Amos Okioma is a Correspondent at THEWILL

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