The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has charged Nigerians travelling abroad to have proper documentation to avoid unpleasant consequences.
Dabiri-Erewa stated this during a visit to some Nigerians in one of the shelters in Brampton, Canada.
She warned Nigerians who have the intent to travel to Canada either without proper documentation or to seek asylum as the “situation is getting tougher in many countries.”
This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday and signed by the Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.
According to the statement, “The NIDCOM boss sympathised with their condition and urged others planning to travel without proper documentation, arrive in the country to seek asylum, to desist, as the situation is getting tougher in many countries, adding that “ it is just not worth it, more often than not."
The statement added that the Mayor of Brampton “promised to make 800 more beds available and shelter,” according to one Vivian Eruka, who runs the Bethel food bank and works with those in Shelters.
It added, “Mr Wale Rabiu, owner of Matlock bakery donated hundreds of loaves of Agege bread to the shelter inmates, while Mr Bayo Adedosu, a Nigerian living in Canada, and an immigration consultant also gave some words of counselling, adding that they should not talk ill about their home country, Nigeria, to avoid future repercussions,” adding that Nigerians should be patient and law-abiding.
“Migration is a human right issue but must be done legitimately and not irregularly,” the statement cautioned.