Abuja - The National Population Commission (NPC) urged the Nigerian government to curb the migration to urban centres.
Releasing the Internal Migration Survey, the commission stressed the need to develop essential strategies for job creation in rural areas, a move that would also address youth unemployment.
At the official presentation of the report in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Festus Odimegwu, stressed the need for government to adopt strategies of managing migration, so as to promote balanced growth, reduce incidences of violence and better human resource utilisation.
“Government should adopt some of the best practices of managing migration.
"Such practices include deliberate policies of discouraging over-urbanisation, assimilation of migrants and proper integration of return migrants, among others,” he said.
The survey, which was randomly conducted among 101 939 respondents in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, revealed that 11 257 were migrants, 11 209 non-migrants and 1 801 were return migrants.
The highest percentage of migrants was persons with no education, followed by those with primary education, and the least were persons with post graduate qualification.
Odimegwu mentioned that the survey highlighted employment opportunity as a critical push factor that encourages migration in
Nigeria, especially among youths, hence the need for a proper articulation of policies to address issues of employment and rural-urban drift for better socio-economic planning.
- CAJ News