By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com
Member of the African Union Advisory Committee on Labour and Migration H.E Rev. Dr. Princess A. K Ocansey has urged African leaders to immediately team up to come up with a multilateral platform between the Middle-East and Africa to tackle head-on challenges facing African migrants.
According to her, the time has come for ECOWAS and AU Member States to draw lessons from Asia and Philippines which already have a well-established multilateral platform with the Middle-East on migration matters.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of African Migration Summit in Accra, the Nekotech Center for Excellence Co-founder, H.E Rev. Dr. Ocansey said “What African Migration Summit is pushing for is a bilateral platform, agreement between the Middle-East and Africa, we don’t want thees things to be done in a unilateral way, it must be done with our input. Asia and Philippine are doing same”.
“Nekotech Decent Work Wheel” is expected to feature prominently at the African Migration Summit. “Nekotech Decent Work Wheel” comprises of ten keys such as dialogue and agreement, awareness, cooperation, interdependence, safety, law and order, quality recruitment, financial security, certification and settlement, return and reintegration. In view of the emerging issues of migration across the African continent, Dr. Ocansey believes the implementation of the ten keys will help find the most lasting remedy to problems confronting African migrants.
Meanwhile, the African Migration Summit is scheduled to kick off in Ghana, Accra International Conference Center on February 25-26, 2021 with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana who doubles as the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, the international multiple award winner and renowned member of the African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee and Executive Chair of the Nekotech Center for Labour Migration Diplomacy and Chair of UNYA-Ghana, H. E. Rev. Dr. A. K Ocansey, Former Director of Kenyan Law School and renowned anti-graft Campaigner Prof. Patrick Otieno Loch Lumumba, and Chairman of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Diasporan Matters, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, leading the convergence of dignitaries.
A statement by the President of the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Ajibola Abayomi on February 19, 2021 urged participants across the globe to register online at www.africanmigrationsummit.org to access and participate in this kairos event.
The much anticipated summit themed: Labour Migration: SHIFTING THE PARADIGM TO BENEFIT AFRICA, will take place in the Accra International Conference Center, Ghana and would have in attendance other top African leaders, journalists, stakeholders, migration advocates, academia and top policy makers.
JIFORM, headquartered in Nigeria with over 300 journalists covering migration matters across the continent in partnership with the multiple award winning NEKOTECH Center of Excellence, which houses the renowned Nekotech Center for Labour Migration Diplomacy – with a global membership of over 25,000 migration and human rights activists in collaboration with the United Nations Youth Association- UNYA-GHANA with over 10,000 members and others- are powering this important summit.
Notable organisations taking part in the events include: the Office of the President of Ghana, diplomats, International Organization For Migration (IOM) Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, Organization Pour l’ integration Africaine (OIA), Togo, ESCAE University- Benin Republic and Center for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
Ajibola said in the statement that: “This important and timely summit will be held in strict compliance with the covid-19 protocols in Ghana”.
“While there is a need to maintain safety measures against Covid-19, the time has come for African leaders, governments and migration stakeholders to urgently deepen their collaborations with African media on African migration matters to better the lot of the citizenry of the African continent and to establish the necessary platforms to stem the tide of slavery and inhumane treatment being meted out to some Africans outside of Africa, especially in the Middle East – by halting irregular migration and human trafficking”.
Adding her voice to the need to reappraise the African migration dynamics, the best selling Author of “Deadly Work or Decent Work?” and Executive Chairperson of the Nekotech Center for Labour Migration Diplomacy, Dr. Ocansey said: “We are alarmed by the major negative impact of COVID-19 on African migrants, especially Women Domestic Workers in the Middle East.
“We plan to appeal to all African leaders and governments as well as African migration activists and stakeholders to attend and contribute meaningfully to the many strategies and keys to migration success to be discussed by our Migration experts at the African Migration Summit to ensure that we, as a continent, quench the tears of African migrants and make a shift together to ensure Migration benefits Africa to accelerate the achievement of the goals of Africa Agenda 2063”.
Speakers for the summit are: Dr. Tunji Asaolu, the Nigerian Representative at the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC); Hon. Alpha O. Timbo, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Sierra Leone, H.E. Dr. Winfred Nii Okai Hammond, Ghana Ambassador to Egypt and Lebanon and Dr Azuma Ijoma, the President OIA.
Other top personalities listed also as guest speakers are: Hon. Gerry Weiner, former Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, Canada; Ms. Susan Gong, former board member of Canada Refugee board and the CEO of Altec Global Incorporation, a foremost immigration consulting firm; Ms. Philomena Gnanapragasan, the Director of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting (AIBD) Malaysia; Dr Ajijola Isaac, the Director of Studies ESCAE University, Benin; Professor Byron Price, the Global Director, Diaspora Innovation Institute- City University, USA; Professor Joseph Teye, Director- Center for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon and H.E. Lillian Sally Addo, Country Head, United Nations Youth Association, Ghana- among others.
To register online please visit: www.africanmigrationsummit.org.