By Jonnes Akin
July 26, 2019
On Friday, July 26, 2019 in Nigeria, the Netherlands embassy pledged support for the proposed international conference on migration to be organised by Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM).
The umbrella body of journalists across the continents with passion for migration related matters has slated the event for November 25 to 29 this year in the country.
The delegation of the association comprised its president, Ajibola Abayomi, the Managing Director/CEO of TheLead Publications, Muyiwa Lucas, an editor with The Nation newspaper, Adekunle Micheal Oba, the Chief Executive Officer of Everest News, and Bose Adelaja of Vanguard newspaper.
The president explained that that the visit became imperative owing to the growing concerns on migration matters.
He noted in the recent times, the development have been affecting economies of nations negatively and bemoaned the incessant urge among African youths being lured to slavery through several dangerous routes to Europe.
On the commitment of the association, he said that the JIFORM was committed to reversing the tide through responsible journalism and communication strategies.
Ajibola stated that the body planned series of advocacies apart communicating through the regular print, online and electronic media that include specialised magazine publication, strategic presentations, position papers and engagements to further influence government’s policies on migration.
These he said would be achieved through effective collaborations with agencies across nations.
The delegation expressed readiness to also implore other means to support efforts at reintegrating returnees into the communities and sought for collaboration with the embassy.
First Secretary of the embassy, Ceceil Groot and special envoy on migration matters who represented the Dutch Consular in Nigeria said the embassy would give technical supports, share information strategy, training assistance and moral backing to the conference.
The Netherlands official was however quick to add that the embassy would moderate its financial commitment owing to series of engagements with agencies like International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the country and others bodies.
She said the Consular appreciated the visit but was occupied with other pressing matters in the federal capital city Abuja, hence her deployment to Lagos to receive the association
Ceceil urged positive reports by the media to encourage returnee migrants to regain their confidence in their communities.
She observed that many returnees from observation were dejected and needed support to resume normal life having embarked on failed journeys that landed them at slavery and human trafficking camps outside Nigeria.
According to her there was need for more advocacies and enlightenment on migration issues so as to limit the negative consequences across the globe.
She offered to liaise with the leadership of the association on various training programmes to boost capacity of its members.