Migration Is Part Of Human History, Says NLC President
*launch information guide for migrant workers
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wanna has said that migration had been part of human history from the time immemorial.
Speaking during the an information guide on returning and reintegration of migrants and migrants workers in Nigeria, Wabba said the congress has continue to promote the rights of people to move freely work in communities of their choice.
“As all of us are aware, organised labour in Nigeria led by the Nigerian Labour Congress, continues to promote the right of people to move freely and work in communities of their choice.
“This view is in line with the National aspiration of promoting the free movement of persons as the world has changed since the advent of development around the world, and we can see that there have been enhanced benefits that we have actually benefited from migrating around the world.
“The truth is that if you look at the history of the world today, people have actually moved from one location to another. In fact, all of us are seated here. If you check your history, where you come from, to the present location where you are, it then means that migration had been part of human history from time immemorial.
“We have also seen that the desire to move continues to increase globally. This is largely due to the fact that the world is witnessing a disproportionate disintegration of the benefit of globalisation, democracy and economic growth.
The NLC President also said “For Africa and Nigeria particularly, other structural challenges exacerbating this dilemma includes but not limited to mono economic production. There has been stagnated stagnation in manufacturing line, because most of our industries are no longer functioning. We have also no technological advancement or utilisation and weak social protection provision because it’s been said that in the case of Nigeria and Africa, we have less than 20% social protection cover.
“In essence, there are growing factors causing people, especially young people, to contemplate and undertake desperate and dangerous migration journeys. However, we are also witnessing a situation where the forceful removal and deportation of migrants (noticeably in Europe and North America) and migrant workers (especially in the Middle East) are increasing.
The event which took place NLC headquarters Abuja, had in attendance the representatives of the Ministry Labour and Employment, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the community of trade unions.