Buhari’s Administration Invites Austria Business Moguls To Establish In Nigeria
As the Nigerian government is planning to repatriate its citizens who are in Austria, efforts are also being made by the federal government to ensure that Austrian organisations are availed the opportunity of establishing in Nigeria.
According to Michael Spindelegger, the Country Director-General, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, ICMPD, disclosed that the Nigerian government has concluded plan to bring back home about one thousand Nigerians who are illegally residing in Austria.
Spindelegger also disclosed that though there is a minor delay which is going to be for the betterment of the returnees.
This was revealed by the Director-General during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
According to him, the federal government is fashioning out ways to allow the establishment of more Austrian owned companies in the country.
This is aimed at creating employment opportunities for those to be returned home from Austria and would also give them the opportunity of having legal access to Austria and even become an Austrian citizen.
In his words, “It is a new idea of how to combine future investment in Nigeria with the return of irregular migrants.”
“A lot of companies are interested in investing in Nigeria because of its market.” ‘’The idea is to train these irregular migrants before repatriating them so that when they come back, they will have something to do, instead of becoming liabilities.”
“The idea is also to encourage more Austrian companies to come and invest in Nigeria so that they also could contribute to solving the problem of unemployment and irregular migration.”
Commenting on the development, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffery Onyema, opined that the plan by the federal government would enable the returnees to contribute to the development of the country and afford Nigeria to gain from international investors.
The plan is to kick off as soon as the organisations who are ready to partner with Nigerian government accept the proposal.
Quoting the Minister of Foreign Affairs, “It could be companies in Austria that are interested in investing in any sector of the Nigerian economy. They would be selecting from Nigerian irregular migrants in Austria, train them and send them down to Nigeria to work with their companies in Nigeria.”
He further stressed that the plan has no connection with the deportation of the Nigerians resideng in Austria as it is already being rumoured.
In his words, “Remember that those Nigerians are in that country illegally, and do not have any prospect of regularizing their stay. As such, they would be deported in any case.”
“So, instead of being deported with the shame that comes with it, they would be given training and guaranteed employment with the companies that would be coming to invest in Nigeria.’’