By Bode Laide,
Solution is the offing for Nigerians and other African nationalities trapped in slavery in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
This is as a member, African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee; HE Princess Dr A. K Ocansey from Ghana is set to reveal the secret of securing overseas decent jobs at the Cross River State migration summit on April 20.
The bestselling author of Decent Work with over 30 years experience as labour consultant and winner of multiple international awards will deliver a template on thousands of job opportunities for Nigerians through legal and regular channels in conformity with the law.
The Journalists International Forum For Migration, JIFORM, in partnership with the Ocansey’s Nekotech Center of Excellence, Ghana organized the African Migration Summit in Ghana between February 25-26 this year where labour migration and its benefits to Africa topped priorities with recommendation to the continent to set up bilateral platforms with other continents in order to negotiate decent jobs the youths.
Thus, on Thursday April 22, when the attention of the international community shifts to Cross River State as Governor Benedict Ayade and other international figures converge in Transcorp Hotel, Calabar to review the gains of migration to advance development in the Nigerian economy, Ocansey will be on ground to chat the path to prosperous migration for Nigerians.
According to her, “If Nigeria gets it right, other African nations will key into the labour migration reordering agenda aimed at positioning the continent to generate over $500 billion annually”.
Other high personalities slated for the occasion were Festus Keyamo, SAN, the Minister of Labour and Employment for state; Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Mohammad Bulkachuwa; Susan Gong, the Chief Executive Officer of Altec Global Canada; Professor Byron Price from the Diaspora Innovation Institute, City University, New York; Bolanle Sarumi Senior, the Special Adviser to Oyo State on Diaspora Matters, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and others.
The event is being organized by the Migration Control Services Agency (MCA), Cross River State in conjunction with the JIFORM comprising over 300 journalists focusing on migration reportage across the globe.
The Director General of the MCA, Prince Michael NkuAbuo Wellington (JP) in a statement issued by Ajibola Abayomi, President of JIFORM and the Spokesman for the summit confirmed that there would be an official launch of Decent job against Deadly work in the Gulf Nation alongside with Work and Study programmes in Canada, America and Europe at the event.
The summit will combine both physical/virtual presentations and would be beamed live on social media platforms as well as coverage by the international media.
According to the DG, submissions at the end of the conference would be forwarded to the federal government and the national assembly with a view to deepening migration and diaspora policies in the country.
Professor Michael Okom, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar will lead as guest lecturer while participating agencies include the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP); Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM); office of the Inspector General of Police; Nigeria Immigration Service and government appointees both in Cross River and other states.