The Nigerian Ambassador to Thailand, Nuhu Bamali, has asked Nigerians especially the youth leaving the country to take action through proper channels, saying over 1, 000 Nigerians are languishing in Thai jails for different crimes.
Mr. Bamali made the plea while speaking at the Africa Gems and Jewellery Exhibition and Seminar in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Over 1, 000 Nigerians are currently in jail in Thailand. We have to encourage young Nigerians leaving the country to do this through proper channels. ”
In 2013, a former Nigerian ambassador to Thailand, Chudi Okafor, disclosed any particular one out of five Nigerians living in Thailand was serving a jail term for drug-related offences.
He also said the mission have been able to secure an agreement that allows Nigerians serving jail terms to be released at a spot so that they could go and complete their terms within their home country.
Mr. Bamali said Nigerians in the mining and gemstone industry could find worthy partnership in Thailand whilst the country had made advances in the sector.
Present at the function was the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, who said that the united states lost a lot more than $3 billion per annum through illegal export of gemstones.
“Despite the huge potential in gemstone mining, phenomenal loss of revenue and harm to the environment remain major causes of concern.
“This is due to the uniqueness of the occurrence of gem deposits and the quantity to value per quantity benefit of gemstones which will make illegal activities and smuggling rampant, hence the inability of the sector to deliver on expected economic outcomes, ” Mr. Fayemi added.