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Thinking of travelling abroad? If so, why do you want to travel abroad?

Are you travelling abroad strictly for pleasure, sightseeing and recreation? Or is it due to other reasons different from the ones given above?

Anyway, irrespective of whatever reasons that you may have for wanting to travel abroad, it is very important that you take a moment to ponder and reflect on the following question: Is it absolutely necessary and unavoidable for you to travel abroad?

However, why is the above question pertinent at this time? Simple. You just may end up cancelling that your overseas travel plans after you have finished reading this article!

Do you really have to travel abroad? The answer lies in the reasons why many people travel abroad in Nigeria.

Hence, let us examine the reasons why many persons travel abroad in order to reach an informed decision as to whether it is indeed absolutely necessary or not for you to travel abroad.

Why Many Persons Travel Abroad

Some of the reasons why people travel abroad in Nigeria are as follows:

  • Abject Poverty
  • High Rate of Unemployment
  • The Exchange Rate
  • Higher Education

Abject Poverty

A major reason why many persons travel abroad in Nigeria is due to abject poverty in the country. Way back in the 70s and 80s travelling abroad was not a common phenomenon among young persons. That period was the early days of oil exploration in Nigeria.

As a result of this, the country witnessed an unprecedented astronomical growth in its gross domestic product (gdp) and the overall standard of living of the common man.

Not so anymore. Right now in the second decade of the third millennium, Nigerians are so poor that the vast majority of the commoners live below a dollar (about N160) a day.

To make matters worse, the Federal Government's decision to deregulate the downstream sector with its attendant effect of removal of subsidy on premium motor spirit (pms) will further impoverish majority of Nigerians further.

Additionally, it will further widen the ever yawning gap between the rich and the poor. The implication of this on the economy is that the numbers of Nigerians wishing to travel abroad to seek greener pastures overseas will increase.

High Rate of Unemployment

A second reason why many persons travel abroad is the high rate of unemployment in the country. In the not-too-distant past, the rate of unemployment in Nigeria was very low.

During those days, undergraduates were assured of being gainfully employed once they complete their educatžon at their higher institution.

But these days, instant employment after your higher education is a mirage and a privilege reserved for only those who have "connection" and know influential people in the country.

With the rate of unemployment increasing annually and new graduates unsure of being gainfully employed to improve their financial status, many persons travel abroad to offer their services to foreign firms willing to pay them in superior foreign currencies.

The Exchange Rate

The unimpressive exchange rate of the Nigerian Naira with other foreign currencies is another major reason why many people travel abroad in this country.

With the Nigerian Naira exchanging for about N160 to the American dollar or N210 to the British pounds sterling, you do not have to be a genius to figure out that if you have 5,000 American dollars in your breast pocket that automatically amount to N850,000.

However, there was a time in this country when the exchange rate was one Nigerian Naira to one British pound and the American dollar was a distant third. Those were the good old days. Nigeria was the country to visit during that time.

As a matter of fact, expatriates gladly visited the country and many of them made Lagos their base. Citizens of our closest door neighbour, Ghana and other West African countries, came to the country to settle down and never wished to leave the country anymore.

Remember the days of "Ghana must go" government campaign in the country? At that time, the Nigerian Naira was superior to the Ghanaian Cedi, with One Naira exchanging for about 50 Cedis.

But now the situation has been reversed. The Ghanaian economy has flourished and the Cedi has grown stronger with the exchange rate now going for about 1 Cedi to 1 American dollar.

Higher Education

Another reason why many persons travel abroad in Nigeria is to pursue higher education overseas. Over the years, there has been a global outcry of the fallen standard of higher education in the country. The situation is so bad that our degrees are not recognised in many advanced countries.

Consequently, politicians - who happen to be a major part of the problem themselves - prefer to send their children for higher education overseas than to allow them do same here in Nigeria.

Additionally, the alluring prospect of being able to "live, work and study in the UK" and other places widely promoted by eager travel agents is also responsible for the widespread migration of people overseas.

Consequently, many parents who are not well-to-do often borrow money from greedy shylocks or sell their landed properties to send their children abroad with the hope that the children can assume the position of bread winners in their families after just a few years of living and working abroad.

Thinking of Travelling Abroad?

Thinking of travelling abroad? Why are you travelling abroad? Which of the above reasons match your reason for wanting to travel abroad?

Is it to pursue higher education or seek greener pastures overseas arising from the deplorable situation of things back here in Nigeria?

I ask again, do you need to travel abroad?

What if l tell you that there are online higher educational courses as well as online professional courses that you can register for and be in attendance from the comfort of your home right here in Nigeria?

You can do a check at Google to find out which online educational centres offer your preferred course of study in order to get enrolled with them and commence your online studies.

Similarly, supposing you can make money online in Nigeria, would you still need to travel abroad?

Indeed, you do not need to travel abroad to obtain that coveted university degree or get the much needed foreign currency. You can do so with ease and convenience from the comfort of your home right here in Nigeria.

So, why waste a million naira or even more to travel abroad in search of the golden fleece when you can start an online business with less than N5,000?

For details, please see the following web page: 7 Strong Reasons Why You Should Start An Online Business Today!

So, are you thinking of travelling abroad? Please cancel your trip!

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