2nd JIFORM Int’l Summit: Experts, Participants Task African Leaders On Good Governance

* From Left to right Salem Samfly_ President of JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi_ Vice President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cosmos Oni_ former Chairman Oyo State NUJ, Adewunmi Faniran_ Head of Programme, Pensioners FM, (1)


Experts and participants at the just concluded second international migration summit organised by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) have called on African leaders to deliver good governance to halt continued enslavement of Africans in other continents through irregular migration.

The conference with the theme, “Migration Governance and Media Strategy for Development   with Physical and Virtual Presentations, which was  attended by hundreds of journalists and other participants across the world ended on Friday.

President, JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi, in his remark after shortly after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Diaspora Innovation Institute (DII), US on training and investment opportunities for journalists, said the global media body with over 200 journalists spread across the continents as parts of the fallouts of the summit would produce glossary of terminologies for over 10,000 journalists and media houses beyond Africa.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo State commended JIFORM’s advocacy and identified poverty as the root cause of irregular migration, pledging commitment to reverse the tide through good governance.

Represented by  the Director General of Legal Administration, Barrister Olubunmi Ogunniran,Oyo State Ministry of Justice, the governor, said  that apart from rescuing trafficked indigenes of the state abroad and creating diaspora unit, he had inaugurated a task force against human trafficking, sexual offenders with prosecute department and further engagement of the youths through economic activities.

Minister of Labour, Sierra Leone, Mr Alpha Timbo; Ghana Ambassador to Egypt, Lebanon and Sudan, Nii Okai Hammond, and the United Nations Youth Ambassador (Ghana), Lilian Addo all praised what they tagged courageous movement by JIFORM and promised to support the body in its quest to further spread its advocacies

Chairman of the summit, Patrick Lumumba, from Rued the faulty labour and trade laws in Africa limiting development and called on the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS)’s intervention to remove migration barriers causing undue frictions between Ghana and Nigeria ditto for the African Union to end the xenophobic attacks in South Africa against other African nationals.

He blamed the crisis on misapplication of resources and corruption among African leaders and urged them to retrace their steps to save the youths from desperate migration to other continents through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

* From left to right, Yaquob Popoola, JIFORM LOC chairman, President JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi and CEO DII, Africa, Prine Akiwale Ojomo

Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe lauded JIFORM’s efforts to eradicate irregular migration and vowed to rescue and end the suffering of stranded Nigerians lured through human trafficking to the Middle East and other Arabian nations through collaborations.

Member of African Union Advisory Committee on Labour Migration, (Ghana),Dr Princess Ocansey urged the African nations to end the Kafala bilateral agreement entered into with some Middle East countries that permitted the en-slavery of mostly African women.

“African leaders must wake up to save the youths from deadly work they are being subjected and replace that with decent work. The Kafala system is a shame and very dehumanizing” she said.

Former Canada Minister of Immigration, Gerry Weiner while delivering his presentation urged the African youths to acquit themselves with the right processes to tap into numerous diaspora opportunities in Canada and elsewhere.

Weiner, who had 12 years working experience in Africa, said only safe and regular migration, would guarantee the actualization of the desire to be part of economic activities in the world.

The summit had participants from several international speakers  and bodies  which includes : CEO DII, Africa, Prine Akiwale Ojomo, Johanna Mac from Erich Brost Institute, Germany, Barrister Samuel Adeusi and Ms Omotola Fawunmi both from the US, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nigeria and Gambia,Rescue African Mission, Synergy Rescue Mission, Lebanon, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Ghana Immigration Service, Diaspora Innovation Institute, New York, America; and Ghana Immigration Service.


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