President Bola Tinubu is hopeful that Nigeria will regain professionals in the health and tech sectors lost to the ‘Japa’ syndrome.
He says his administration will train more persons to fill the professional gap now conspicuous.
The president gave the assurance on Monday at Owerri, the Imo state capital, shortly after Governor Hope Uzodimma took the oath of office for a second term.
Tinubu told Nigerians not to be bothered about the mass exodus of skilled workers from the country, according to him, more people would be trained.
Furthermore, the President said the education of children and youths was a priority for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
He said: “You see the priority in industrialisation. Healthcare will receive more allocation and more attention.
“Don’t worry about what you are hearing about the Japa syndrome, we will train more people and we will supply them self.”
The President also assured the people of the South-East that “the peace you are enjoying here will be better, and we will work more to achieve that peace”.
The Long Road
You see, in 2022 and 2023, Nigeria lost most of its professionals in different sectors, but most hit is the health and tech sectors, with most of them leaving for greener pasture abroad.
Several others left on the grounds of studies, with a plan of gaining employment abroad after studies.
Back in Nigeria, the salary of an average worker has depreciated as a result of rising inflation and cost of food.
The increase rose to another level after President Tinubu in his inaugural speech announced a removal of petrol subsidy.
Ever since then, prices of goods have not remained the same for more than one month, that is putting it mildly.
Indeed, it is a long road for the government and citizens to walk.
Experts are anticipating that a fresh crop of workers in the nation may embrace the Japa syndrome in 2024, should the hardship in the administration of Tinubu continue.
Tinubu’s administration had initiated a student loan scheme. But schools have also increased fees, making it even more difficult for parents to cater to the fees of students.
Also, the education sector has had its own share of the troubles, with lecturers making demands that the government has not met.