Where the grass is greener...

Suzan
Posted July 5, 2019 from Nigeria
The future is here

So I walk into a photo studio to make my son's birthday worthwhile by taking some really cool pictures. We complete a photo session and as my hubby tries to keep our boy cheerful for an exciting day ahead, I'm seating at the reception waiting for the picture print-outs. Suddenly, my attention is drawn to the fact that for every 10 person at the counter, there are 8 who are there for one sole purpose; to take a passport photography for their visa. Now for every 5 persons collecting, 4 of them have passport specification to where?.... Canada. The recent soft peddled immigration laws by the Canadian government, has left nothing less than 300 people everyday in a year who migrate from their country to the land with greener pastures. In the midst of this, Nigeria has been seen to take centre stage in this migration scheme even though we are not in a war zone. The reason is this; the economy is daily giving citizens reason to worry for their future and the future of their children. Everyday, people are faced with new changes from inflation, to high standard of living which has brought an end to the middle class, more and more issues of terrorism from the northern region which is slowly going down the map and the greatest of all... Corruption of the government.  Truth is, why should people be running away from their own country and heritage? It can only be one thing, the government has failed the masses, religious and tribal sentiments has beclouded true sense of judgement when it concerns leadership. Nigerian youths need to believe in their nation again. How can the future of the nation desire to go build the future of another nation? From assessment, Canadian government is well prepared to have valuable people come from all parts of the world to build their economy. This is a country with a vision. The Nigerian people need to believe in Nigeria again. The economic meltdown Nigeria experienced over a year ago, was a wake up call to so many other ignored sectors in the society. The Nigerian education cannot be ranked any where in the world and adding to that, the certificate is rated insignificant once a person leaves the country. There a need to change this anomaly if the youths are to be taken seriously beyond the Nigerian shores.  They say hope springs when your not looking. I honestly hope that one day Nigeria like Canada will be a nation other immigrants will hunger to come to. Nigeria, "the giant of Africa" must out live the expectation for future generations. Better economy through agribusiness, digital technology, entrepreneurship, empowering youths and women, better education and blue economy are only but a few of the things that will restore Nigerian economy to its rightful place in the global economic ranking.

This story was submitted in response to Economic Power.

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Hello, Suzan,

Welcome to World Pulse! You are very observant. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your countrymen migrating to Canada.

I can truly identify with that because even though my country, the Philippines, is considered a developing nation with a promising economic development, a lot of my countrymen are also lining up to migrate to other countries, Canada included.

There are so many factors why but among them is labourers get a better pay in first world countries with the same amount of effort working here. The services offered there are better, too.

Like you, I dream that our country will be like what the first world countries are today.

Thank you for sharing your story! Kindly check the Resources Page because you might find an opportunity fit for you or someone you know there.

Please continue sharing your reflections here. We’re truly glad to have another voice rising from Nigeria!

Moutushi Dey
Jul 05
Jul 05

Hi Suzan, thank you for sharing your first story! It's not just Nigeria, many countries across the world are facing similar challenges. The issue you raised is a global issue now, which needs both local and global initiatives. Keep sharing your thoughts and stories here, welcome to World Pulse!

Jill Langhus
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hi Suzan,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your sad story. I hope the challenges that are plaguing Nigeria improve soon, especially for women and girls:-)

Lisbeth
Jul 07
Jul 07

Welcome to world pulse. Wow, that is a lot of people? The grass is in deed greener everywhere. I believe God is not partial and hence cares for us where we are. All is attitude and how we perceived success to mean to us. Thanks for sharing.

Beth Lacey
Jul 07
Jul 07

these are very serious problems to solve to make the country strong again

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 08
Jul 08

Yea, but I am also worried as a Nigerian about the 'New Normal'- Herds of Cattles.
Please follow me

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 09
Jul 09

Hello Suzan,
Welcome to World Pulse! Your first story here raises such an important subject, and you tell it with such a keen eye, observing so many with plans to move to Canada. I am very glad that my country has an open door, but along with you I question the whole world economy and why countries like yours, Nigeria, so rich in natural resources, has war raging still in the north and such an unfair sharing of wealth. I also question some of the hidden unfairness that hopeful people immigrating experience on arrival. Canada is not as perfect as it claims to be, and complicity in an unfair world economy is a big part of the problem. I love that here in World Pulse we can work on this together.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Suzan
Jul 11
Jul 11

Thank you so much and I also hope so.