From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
A University Don, Professor Abednego Ekoko, has said that 25,000 illegal migrants died last ten years either in desert or the high sea.
Professor Ekoko, a senior lecturer, Delta State University, (DELSU), who spoke to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday on the present situation of illegal migrants, said that the dangers of illegal migration and ways to stem the flow of Nigerians to Europe and America,had created eldorado in time, and space, adding that the high level of poverty, immensely contributed to the increasing influx.
“The high level of poverty and economic deprivation in the country are the root causes of illegal migration as more than 90percent of returnees are from the southern part of Nigeria and the middle belt, consequently, European countries have devised strategies to drastically reduce the inflow of these unwanted people from Africa, middle East and Asia” professor Ekoko said.
He said that in stemming the flow of Nigerians to Europe, there is need to push factors of illegal migration by recharging the value system,re-examining the direct principles of state policy entrenched in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of the as amended, consciously, accept that are a failed generation, administering failed or failing state, among others suggestion.
“25,000 Nigerians Illegal migrants died last ten years in either in desert,or high sea, this is all about poverty and immense desperation for greener pastures, it’s very Painful and it might be higher if state and federal governments do not take proactive steps to stem the urgly trend,” he declared.