President Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians not to worry about migrant Nigeria workers including health and education sectors, seeking refuge in developed Countries known in local parlance as as ‘japa’ due to hardship.
‘Japa’, which is loosely translates to “run away” or “escape, found its way into Nigerian colloquial expression used to convey the idea of swift and evasive action in Yoruba language.
Tinubu made the remark at the inauguration of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State for another four-year tenure on Monday in Owerri where he assured that his administration will allocate more resources to healthcare and Education sectors.
Tinubu promised to train more health workers and export to Europe, America and other parts of the world — amid thunderous applause by spectators and praise singers at the event.
The President said, “Don’t worry about what you are hearing about ‘Japa’. We will train and we would supply them” – presumably other nations.
He stressed that “each time I see the pains associated with the removal of subsidy; Assume that one of you or someone in your family is pregnant. Labour is painful, but the day the Child is delivered, the pains are gone!”.
While paying tribute to Nigeria compatriots and war veterans, the President appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government, and assured that things are getting better.
But he accused past administration of stealing Nigeria’s common wealth in the name of subsidy payments, which is he described as ‘wasteful and pilfering’.
He further lauded Governor Uzodimma for his achievements in his first tenure and urged Imo people to kept faith in Nigeria, noting that his administration will pay serious attention to internal security challenges in Nigeria.
Addressing residents of Imo State earlier after taking oath of office with the State deputy Governor, Mrs Chinyere Ekomaru at the event, Governor Hope Uzodimma promised to deepen his shared prosperity campaign mantra for economic growth of the State in the next four years with prudent management of resources.
The Governor said, “it will be difficult for a Pharaoh to take us (Imo people) back to Egypt”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Hope Uzodimma, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in November 11, 2023 off-season Imo State gubernatorial poll for securing majority of the votes in the poll.