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1,000+ Nigerians stuck abroad over fake jobs

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Many returnees have been given assistance involving socio-economic offers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has issued a warning regarding individuals being lured into fake abroad employment schemes, emphasising that more than 1,000 Nigerians have fallen victim and are now stranded across various regions in Europe and around the globe. At the end-of-the-year media briefing in Maiduguri, Mr. Laurent de Boeck, the IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria, issued a cautionary statement about the dire consequences of job scams. He emphasised that the unfortunate victims possess seemingly genuine migrant documentation, including fraudulent job offers facilitated by deceitful foreign employers.

Also, in 2023, the IOM worked together with the Federal Government to oversee the repatriation of 4,431 Nigerian migrants who were stranded abroad. Alongside this effort, they also offered support to these returnees, assisting a total of 2,853 individuals in their reintegration process. This support involved connecting them with various socio-economic opportunities according to their preferences. Additionally, the IOM played a crucial role in the North-East region by operating nine humanitarian hubs. Through these hubs, they were able to provide essential services to 6,773 individuals who were beneficiaries of 199 different humanitarian organisations. This fostered an environment of collaboration and coordination among these organisations.

About 2,311 ex-Boko Haram members were reintegrated into society.

According to him, about 2,311 individuals from the vast pool of 160,000 ex-members of Boko Haram terrorists have successfully undergone rehabilitation and have been reintegrated into society. However, 89 percent of these reintegrated members hail from Borno State, while the remaining individuals have dispersed across various states based on their preferred reintegration destinations. Around 3,000 individuals who were once feared combatants, alongside their companions, are currently in a state of anticipation as they await their verdicts to be held in Abuja by the appropriate judicial authorities.

IOM advocates for the segregation of individuals not involved in combat from those in combat in order to ensure that combatants are held accountable for their actions while non-combatants are successfully reintegrated into society. IOM has been operational in Nigeria since 2001, actively engaging through its primary office in Abuja and five sub-offices in Benin City, Lagos, Yola, Katsina, and Maiduguri. Its extensive workforce has remained dedicated to carrying out its mission. According to the IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria, their operations encompass 30 states alongside the Federal Capital.

Humanitarian needs are given unwavering dedication and support.

Furthermore, in his explanation, it was made clear that the IOM establishes strong partnerships with individuals on the move, populations forced to relocate, communities, government entities, and international and local organisations at the national and regional levels. During the year 2023, the organisation showcased its unwavering dedication and influential actions in numerous areas to effectively tackle urgent humanitarian needs caused by conflicts, environmental climate disruptions, as well as the dislodgment of people in multiple states.

In a remarkable feat, IOM has managed to impact an impressive number of 127,075 people residing in 37 campsites across the states of Adamawa and Borno through their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) initiative. This achievement encompasses the successful execution of various tasks, such as the establishment of six solar-powered boreholes, the creation of 402 shower and latrine areas, and the triumphant implementation of hygiene promotion campaigns that touched the lives of 37,266 individuals. These numbers elicit pride and satisfaction, as highlighted by the speaker.

171 countries are connected to the IOM mission.

Founded in 1951, IOM stands as the foremost intergovernmental body in the realm of migration, closely collaborating with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental allies. With 175 member states alongside another 8 observer states, IOM’s presence extends to 171 countries. Devotedly committed to advocating for compassionate and well-regulated migration, IOM fulfils its mission by delivering invaluable guidance and assistance to both governments and migrants alike. The primary goal of IOM is to support the well-organised and compassionate control of migration, fostering global collaboration on migration matters, facilitating the quest for realistic resolutions to migration challenges, and extending humanitarian aid to migrants in dire circumstances, encompassing both refugees and internally displaced individuals.

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2 months ago

1,000+ Nigerians stuck abroad over fake jobs. – Many returnees have been given assistance involving socio-economic offers.Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
2 months ago

That’s really unfortunate to hear! It’s disheartening to know that over 1,000 Nigerians are stuck abroad due to fake job offers. This situation not only affects the individuals involved but also highlights the need for stronger measures to combat human trafficking and protect vulnerable citizens.
It’s encouraging to know that many returnees have been given assistance involving socio-economic offers. Providing support to those affected by fake job scams is crucial in helping them reintegrate into society and rebuild their lives. This assistance should include not only immediate help but also long-term solutions such as skills training, job placement, and access to resources that can empower individuals to secure meaningful employment opportunities.
To prevent such incidents in the future, it’s important for the government to strengthen measures against human trafficking, enhance border security, and raise awareness about the risks associated with fake job offers. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies, international organizations, and civil society is vital in combating this issue and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens.
It’s heartbreaking to see fellow Nigerians caught in such distressing situations, but I’m hopeful that with concerted efforts, both domestically and internationally, we can work towards eradicating this problem and creating a safer environment for everyone. 🤝🌍🇳🇬

2 months ago

stressing that over 1,000 Nigerians have been victims and are currently trapped in different parts of Europe The warning against people being drawn into fraudulent overseas job programs comes from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). To address this problem and guarantee the security and welfare of Nigerian nationals, cooperation between law enforcement agencies, foreign organizations, and civil society is essential.

2 months ago

More than 1,000 Nigerians are detained overseas due to fraudulent employment. Socioeconomic offers of support have been extended to numerous returnees. It’s depressing and worrisome how many Nigerians end up stuck overseas after falling for fraudulent job promises. In order to stop such situations from happening in the future, the government and other institutions must act immediately.

2 months ago

The situation with Nigerians falling victim to fake job schemes abroad is concerning. The IOM’s efforts in repatriation and support for returnees are commendable. Additionally, the organization’s work in areas like rehabilitation, reintegration, and humanitarian aid reflects a commitment to addressing diverse challenges faced by communities.