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… Netherlands Ambassador praised Dr. Betta Edu for a proactive approach to migration issues… 

The Ambassador of the Netherlands Mr. Wouter Plomp paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr Betta Edu and congratulated her on the ministerial appointment saying that her successful antecedents speak volumes.



He said the visit was also to discuss issues on the migration partnership between the Netherlands and Nigeria. He informed her of the outcome of the Rabat Process meeting, which requires Nigeria and Netherlands to host a migration dialogue scheduled to be held from 19th to 20th October 2023, and that 58 countries have signed the agreement.


He further said there will be a side event on youth development as ways to reduce illegal migration through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

The meeting will be an avenue for Nigeria to understand opportunities and needs and how Europe can support young people in Nigeria.

It will also allow them to understand climate change-induced mobility.


Also in the meeting was the Acting Head of NCFRMI, Ambassador Catherine Udidah, who further expressed the importance of The Rabat Process, which is a migration dialogue between Europe and Africa.

“It’s the agreement of 58 countries in Europe and Africa, which has the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) as its secretariat and chaired by Morocco, which now hosts the rotational Presidency. Nigeria is one of the 4 countries that just got elected into the Steering Committee. Nigeria and the Netherlands are co-hosting a thematic event on Youth and Development in the Hague on the 19th and 20th of October 2023. The Honourable Minister is expected to chair today’s event” She expressed


Responding, the Honourable Minister thanked the Ambassador for engaging and re-emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to reduce poverty according to the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. She said that innovative measures must be taken to provide opportunities for young persons and create jobs so that they become less attracted to seeking illegal migration into Europe by all means.


“President Bola Tinubu is creating lots of opportunities and Jobs for young persons in Nigeria and the country must work with Europe to end the countless deaths that occur in the desert and the Mediterranean Sea as well as the hard conditions migrants are exposed to when the illegally arrive in Europe.” The Honourable Minister added


Dr Betta Edu also called for support for the humanitarian and poverty alleviation drive in the country.

“It would be great if both countries could present different perspectives on the migrants and give opportunities for young Nigerians. It is also hoped that both countries will explore the issue of circular migration” She urged them.


The meeting ended with the Netherlands Ambassador committing to support Nigeria and the ministry on several fronts.

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

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