Nigerians especially those living abroad have been told to be proud of their heritage through self esteem and to put up every measure to always stand tall among their counterparts from other parts of the world.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, gave the advice while speaking at a one-day seminar for children and youth with the theme: ‘’You Can Make it in Nigeria’’, held at Lisabi Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
Mujota, who was represented by the Director, Education Support Services, Mr. Martins Akinsolu, said in order to be respected by people of other nations, Nigerians in diaspora needed to engage in decent ventures, be law abiding and shun acts capable of bringing shame to themselves and their country.
She frowned at the situation where Nigerians would leave their country to foreign lands to pick up debasing jobs, like, mortuary attendants, street sweepers, house maids and taxi drivers, while their counterparts from other countries engage in more decent jobs.
‘’Ours youths are usually turned to slaves by doing jobs which ordinarily could not be done by indigenes of the host countries. However, we can put a stop to this, if the syndrome of going abroad for greener pastures at all cost is minimized,’’ the Commissioner said.
While thanking the organiser of the seminar for coming up with such an initiative, the Commissioner enjoined participants, especially returnees from foreign countries, to take note of viable points made and put them into practice.
Earlier, founder of the Black African Rehabilitating Foundation, the organiser of the seminar, Mrs Salmot Abdulnafiu, said the objectives of the foundation were to stand as a bridge, as well as strive for equality in status and opportunities for all African migrants abroad.