Dr Beta Edu: *Preventing humanitarian crises and reducing illegal migration; Betta Edu Co-Chairs a meeting of EU, 48 Country ministerial Reps To Discuss Young Migrant Issues In Netherlands*

Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation,  Dr. Betta Edu says the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu is giving young Nigerians productive opportunities with pioneering innovative ideas through different startup initiatives. 

Edu who was  joined by the European Union and representatives of 48 other countries in Hague,  the Netherlands capital, made this known during her opening remarks  in an event to discuss disturbing migration issues involving young people in Africa and the world.

Co-hosted by Nigeria and the Netherlands, the Minister was leading the Nigerian delegation to the Thematic Meeting of the Rabat Process On Migration, Youth, And Development taking place in the Netherlands capital.

Dr.  Edu noted that exploring the connection between migration, youth, and development was important as the youths between aged 15 and 25 years, who make up 16% of the world's population are a growing mobile demographic that could play a significant role in fostering positive development.

She further disclosed that "In Nigeria, like in other parts of Africa, the youth have developed a robust startup ecosystem, attracting over 2 billion USD in investment between 2015 and 2022.

"In 2022 alone, 107 startups in Nigeria, founded by persons between the ages of 25 and 35, attracted over 800 million USD in investment"

Aside from Nigeria, Dr. Edu stated, "In Egypt, startups raised 791 million USD and South African startups raised 993 million between 2015 and 2022 according to Disrupt Africa’s 2022 startups report"

The Minister expressed delight that the youth are not only pioneering innovation through tech startups but are also making significant strides in the creative industry, education, medicine, science, leadership, and sports. 

On the Japa(migration of skilled persons) syndrome in Nigeria, Dr. Edu explained  that a good number of the migrants faced myriads of challenges in the countries of their migration.

"In Nigeria, the Japa Syndrome, which refers to young highly skilled workers and university graduates, migrating in their numbers in search of better education, better-paying jobs, and self-actualization, in Europe and North America, has become a hot-button topic, especially when you consider that in 2022, diaspora remittances to Nigeria, stood at $21.9 billion. 

"However, these young migrants are faced with diverse challenges in their quest for new opportunities and avenues for expression, such as the dangers of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, sexual abuse, poor living conditions overseas, organ trafficking, mordern- day slavery and other forms of exploitation.

"A recent survey of immigrants in the United States indicated that almost 50% of migrants between the ages of 15 and 35 years of age surveyed, had experienced some form of depression or psychosocial challenge",  she added.

The Minister expressed optimism that the thematic meeting would provide a platform to deliberate on the challenges faced by young migrants, as well as celebrate the achievements and innovations of the youth. She called on the developed countries to support the middle and low income countries to create jobs and an enabling environment for their youths in their country as this would reduce the pressure on this young person's to migrate and seek greener pastures elsewhere.

Netherlands Secretary General,Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paul Huijts, said the meeting was  focused on a shared commitment to promote meaningful participation opportunities for young people and ensuring that they  meet their  needs in an efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration.

Huijts commended President Tinubu for  the appointment of Dr Betta Edu, a young professional in his Cabinet  to oversee the  Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation which also supervises  the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internationally Displaced Persons,saying  unbroken cooperation on migration, and solutions for intelligence growth of young people cannot be needed at any time other than now.

"As part of our commitment to actively support young people, we need to engage in dialogue and change the best practices so that our efforts continue to address their needs.

"Let us listen to challenges that young people in our  country's face like, poor education, unemployment, low number of youth and women's leadership and involvement in national international decision making. For Nigeria, President Tinubu is indeed changing the picture of leadership and increasing daily the youth and women inclusion in governance.

The European Union Commission's Director General for International Partnership, Erica Gerretsen, said the essence  of the programme was to engage participants to increase their voice in leadership policies and decision-making. 

"Giving Voice also means building narratives in order to get  positive story about migration of young people and the potentials they have to contribute to the development of their country rather than seeking illegal migration.

"We are leading by example by strengthening the institutional engagement in the European institutions. 

"Our EU  boards for international partnerships, is a group of 25 young people from around the world, which was established  in 2021, to advise  on youth participation and empowerment, as well as helping to use our policies to change the narrativesin countried "she explained.

Other Speakers at the event includes the Morrocco foreign Affairs on Africa Cooperation and abroad, Fouad Kadmri,  Monica Zanette  of International Centre for Migration policy Development (ICMPD) as well as Nigeria Ambassador to Netherlands, Dr Eniola   Ajayi among others.

Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair( ANIPR),  Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Honourable Minister, MHAPA 


[10/28, 9:47 PM] Dr Beta Edu: *Humanitarian And Poverty Alleviation Minister Begins Market Sensitization And Engagement Ahead Of The Launch Of The IYALOJA Scheme For Pretty Traders Next Month. Reaches Out To Widows, Poor And Vulnerable In Some Rural Areas of FCT*

President Bola Tinubu has a target to reach atleast half the number of poor and vulnerable individuals across Nigeria within the next one year and that is in line with his 8 point agenda which has poverty eradication as piority. 

The multi-dimensional poverty is to be addressed through different programs targeted at the Grassroot. The chief driver of this Agenda of Poverty Eradication is the Ministry saddled with the responsibility of Renewing the Hopes of Nigerias daily in their millions. 

Residents of the Ushafa community in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and many other subrubs played host to the Minister Of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as she engaged market women and petty traders ahead of the launch of the IYALOJA MONIE next month. 

This program has the target of reaching at least 1.5 million Nigerians nationwide.

Excitement was palpable in the air as the residents trooped out in their numbers to join the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, as she moved from one petty traders table to the next. 

The Minister who left the opulence and glitz of Abuja city centre to reach out to the poor and vulnerable people in Ushafa was pleased with the opportunity to interact with those whom the interventions are meant for.

Newly christened "The Iyaloja Market  Fund," the non interest loan of N50,000 would be given to Phase 1 of market traders, selected from 109 markets across every Senatorial zone in Nigeria. The process of sensitization and enrolment is ahead of the flag off, next month. 

Edu said President Tinubu truly means well for the country and had promised to remove Nigerians from multi-dimensional poverty and humanitarian crises. Presently and he is matching words with action.

She also used the occasion to deliver a message of the  Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the residents on various social intervention programmes of President Tinubu's administration, creating avenues for feedbacks where necessary.

Also, at a community engagement, attended by the community's traditional rulers, youths,  women, the aged, petty traders, and physically challenged persons, food, and nonfood items were distributed to poor and vulnerable households as part of her birthday celebrations. 

She explained that the food and non-food items presented to them were in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Tinubu, which aims to reduce multi-dimensional poverty in Nigeria. The Minister also used that medium to monitor the inclusion of older  people in the community, who have been captured to be part of the ongoing Conditional Cash Transfer. 

Responding, Mabel Imeh Odiegwu, a tailor, Hassan Yakubu a petty trader, and Esther Isa, also a trader said they were taken aback by the presence of the Minister in the Community as such had never happened before there.

They expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the Renewed attention on the poor and vulnerable in the country, noting that with speed of implementation, a lot was going to change for the better in Nigeria. We commend the Minister who spent her birthday with us in our community. "We are convinced that truly the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr. President is real and has touched us. "

Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity


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