Olusegun Ladega, has asserted that around a third of Nigerian based architects migrated to Canada in 2022.
Ladega, who is the CEO of Interstate Architects Limited, made this claim in an interview with Punch News. He stated that the emigrating architects are highly experienced professionals.
Ladega said, “I can count the number of our staff who would be with us, who we have developed because we also have our own internal human capital development processes. So, it means that we had developed some of our personnel only for them to say, ‘I’m leaving’. In fact, Canada is now the number one destination. More than 30 per cent of our workforce in the last one year just called me to say, ‘I’m leaving for Canada’. It is a majority leaving for Canada. A few have left for the UK.
“So, this means we have invested resources, training, and developing them. Most times when architects come as a practice, we encourage them and then we employ those that have the potential to grow in the practice and perhaps ultimately become partners. So, that is part of our recruitment strategy.”
He further stated, “We always have an eye on employing those that will take over from us. And then when you’ve now invested in developing the person, they just say again, ‘thank you very much, sir, but my visa to Canada has come out.’ So, you simply have developed them for Canada.
“So, this means we invested resources, training, and developing them. I mean, most times when architects come as a practice, we encourage them and then we employ those that we see have the potential to grow with the practice and perhaps ultimately become partners. So, that is part of our recruitment strategy.”
Canada remains a highly attractive destination for Nigerians, many of whom explore migration pathways offered by Express Entry and Study visas.
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