Xenophobia: Create job opportunities, infrastructure, Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives has recommended the creation of job opportunities and infrastructure in order to stop Nigerians from traveling abroad in search of greener pastures.

The lower chamber ad hoc committee had given the recommendation as part of ways to stop the xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

The six-member committee which visited South Africa on March 13 also called for the passing of hate crime laws by South Africa and Nigeria.

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In the committee’s report, it encourages the need to discourage Nigerians from leaving the country in order to seek greener pastures.

It stated, “The House, through its various committees, continues to pursue vigorously, those legislative activities, including oversight, that enable government and the private sector to invest in massive infrastructure in the country as stimuli for creating employment opportunities to discourage Nigerians from going out in search of greener pastures.”

The report read in part, “The House, in its communiqué with the South African parliament, should insist on timeline working deliverables, which suggests adequate oversight and follow-up by respective members of the South Africa-Nigeria Parliamentary Friendship Group.

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“Hence, the Nigeria-South Africa Friendship Group in Nigeria is hereafter expected to lead a legislative campaign for the protection of the rights, lives and properties of Nigerians living in South Africa through relevant instruments.

“The House directs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do a reminder on the compensation claims of Nigerians involved in the 2015 attacks, while efforts are sustained in quantifying subsequent destructions.

“The House urges the Nigerian Union to be socially active in their host communities and further engage in social responsibilities that will enhance harmonious relationship with their South African counterpart.

“The House further urges the Nigerian Union to ensure more visibility in their campaign against prostitution, drug peddling and other domestic crimes.

“The House urges the government of Nigeria to domesticate the African Union Migration Agreement as it relates to relationship between Nigeria and South Africa on migration issues on labour, border management, irregular migration, forced displacement, human rights of migrants, internal migration, migration data, migration and development, and inter-state cooperation and partnerships.

“There should be continued engagement with the South African Government and parliament. The engagements must be purposed to the eventual resolution of xenophobia as it affects Nigerians.”

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