A German envoy who spoke with journalists shortly after delivering a speech at the conference on irregular migration organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on Tuesday, stated that the 2019 budget can’t address Nigeria’s economic needs.
Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Regine Hess who revealed that the socio-economic challenges facing the country is responsible for the desperation of many Nigerians to leave the country. According to Hess, these Nigerians who risk their lives in the desert for better opportunities abroad, appear not to see a future in their country even though people all over the world preferred to live in their country and among their own people.
She said, “The big question is why do so many Nigerians want to leave Nigeria? Is it not a very hospitable country? Do they not see a future here? That seems to be the case and that is the conclusion you have to draw. So, the Nigerian government should try to look into this.
“They should make sure the Nigerian youth find a future in their own country. Most people all over the world would like to live in a country where they come from. They like to live with their family and friends.”
The German envoy who stated that the 2019 budget can’t address Nigeria’s economic needs, further told the government to work harder alongside the international community and development corporations to create an enabling environment for Nigerians to live happily in their own country.