Some experts at the just concluded National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) 2nd International Conference of Social Sciences have raised alarm over the high rate of unemployment in Africa, especially Nigeria, which is gradually creating modern slavery market.
In her welcome speech, Dr. Ganiyat Adesina-Uthman, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, NOUN, stated that the rise of unemployment, coupled with uncertain economic, political instability and low stantard of living, have led to creation of an infamous ‘modern slavery market’ where illegal immigrants that are being trafficked end up being sold.
“It has also led to different economic migration programmes through which skill and semi-skilled workers are evaporating from Africa to develop other continents. It is therefore, imperative that Africans intensify researches on Diaspora issues to formulate policy, enforce anti-trafficking laws and promote Africans in Diaspora who have excelled in their residence countries,” she stated.
Adesina-Uthman also made it known that the African Union can avoid wrong and stereotyped image of its citizens by the International community if anti-trafficking laws are entrenched, if the pattern and root causes of irregular migrations are addressed and if legal migrators are regulated to avoid brain-drain for African economic development.
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