Stakeholders On Migration Endorse Ocansey’s Book As Antidote To Slavery.
Uploaded by Michael George on June 12, 2021
There is an estimated two hundred and fifty eight million international migrants across the globe and one hundred and fifty million of these are migrant workers.
To this end, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, has demanded more respect for labour migrants as economic developers and urged African leaders to embrace well- developed migration policies to address the needs of the people.
He made the call while delivering a keynote address during the official launch of Decent Work and Leadership Forum in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which is one of the series of the African Migration Summit (AMS) events powered by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Nigeria and the Nekotech Centre for Excellence, Ghana.
Mr Keyamo submitted that it was significant to note that the role of migration as an enabler of job creation and decent work as a tool for inclusive economic development cannot be overemphasized.
According to the Minister, the skills of migrant workers are a valuable resource for both sending and receiving countries, helping to ensure the functioning of their labour markets through the matching of labour supply with demand.
While unveiling a book entitled, ‘Deadly Work or Decent Work’, authored by member African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee and Principal Consultant to the Sierra Leone government on Labour Matters, Dr A.K Ocansey, a former President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda, recommended the publication as containing solutions to various forms of slavery that African youths are subjected to in the Middle East.
Dr Ocansey, a renowned labour expert with over 30 years experience is a Principal Consultant to the Sierra Leonean government training thousands of youths in the country to be hired as labour workers in several parts of the world.
The former president congratulated the President of the country, Julius Maada Bio, describing him as the greatest champion for the rights of women and girls.
She said the president was personally committed to fighting gender-based violence adding that “African women are following your tireless efforts in ensuring that women and girls of Sierra Leone are protected and on their behalf, I say thank you. We the women of Africa, look upon you as one of our greatest champions on this continent in this regard” she said.
Reviewing the publication, Banda stated: “This book touches on a crucial subject very dear to my heart. This subject of deadly work and the outcries of our daughters from the Middle east has constantly been on my mind. Most importantly, this book offers solutions and a roadmap to Decent Work in the Gulf States.
“In this book, Dr. Ocansey makes an urgent call for a multilateral platform for the Africa-Middle East Migration Process – much like the Colombo Process/Abu Dhabi Dialogue with Asia and the Middle East – to guide our nations to make a paradigm shift to decent work.
“Your championing SOS Decent Work is in line with SDGs 1, 5 and 8 as well as the AU Agenda 2063 to create the Africa we all want. I am pleased to be part of this launch as the Guest of Honor of the SOS Decent Work Program in Sierra Leone.”
Highpoint of the event was the conferment of honours on President Bio, Banda, Ocansey, Timbo and Keyamo as African Presidential Migration Champion, African Stateswoman for Decent Work, Legendary Decent Work Service, Distinguished Ministerial Service and African Decent Work Crusader awards respectively.
The event had in attendance Mahomed Swarray, Minister of Information and Communication Sierra Leone who represented President Bio, Chairman of the occasion and Minister for Labour and Social Security, Alpha O.Timbo, Professor Joseph Teye from the University of Ghana and participants from several countries.
By Abiola PETERS